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Weird and wonderful facts

  • We don’t allow pets on our trains, but did you know you could fit 25 hippos head to tail on a 6 car train? 90 tonnes of beast.
  • 25 hippos weigh the same as a full train load of passengers.
  • Did you know a bus weighs 17,000 kgs which is as heavy as 11 hippos.
  • A full house watching the footy at Optus Stadium would fill 731 buses or 322 train carriages.
  • Steam engine trains were running in Perth up until the late 1960s.
  • The electricity used to run one train for one km is enough to cook 288 cupcakes.
  • There are 548,100 boardings on our trains, buses and ferries on a typical weekday.
  • Who’s taken the most trips with Transperth? That’s one of our train drivers, who worked with us for 50 years and made over 60,000 trips.
  • We don’t know of any babies born at our stations or on our services, but we have had a marriage proposal on the Fremantle Line.
  • If you placed all of Perth’s rail tracks in a straight line it would stretch nearly all of the way to the International Space Station. You may need to catch a bus for the last 50 kms.
  • It takes a crew of over 200 to clean Perth’s trains, buses, ferries and stations every day.
  • The most interesting Lost and Found item we’ve had turn up was our youngest solo commuter who at two and a half years old was found safe and happy on a bus in Malaga.
  • Our Education Officer Dave left his $2000 violin on a train when he was coming home from school. Thankfully it was recovered!
  • Buses are a lot less thirsty than cars per passenger. A half full Transperth bus with thirty passengers will use 1.3 litres to move one person per 100 kilometres while a car with only five mates averages 2 litres per person per 100 kilometres.

Standard Facts

  • Our train wash shed is like a car wash. The trains drive through and big scrubbers spin over the exterior to clean it. The shed is over 64m long!
  • Our train wash recycles more than 4.5 million litres of water a year.
  • Train, bus and ferry services added up to 91.8 million service kilometres in 2018-19. That would get you from Perth to the moon and back 118 times!
  • There are over 96 million SmartRider card tag-ons each year. That’s almost 4 times the population of Australia!
  • 14.3 million paper tickets are dispensed each year. That’s about 1,158 kilometers long, which could span from Perth to Ningaloo.
  • Of the 141.5 million total passenger boardings during 2018-19, approximately:
    • 73,300,000 (56%) were on buses
    • 61,500,000 (43.5%) were on trains
    • 600,000 (0.5%) were on ferries.