Metro Area Express (Perth)

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This article is about the planned light rail network in Perth, Western Australia. For other uses, see Metropolitan Area Express.
Metro Area Express (MAX)
MAX (Perth) urban centre station concept image.jpg
Concept image of urban centre station.
Owner Government of Western Australia
Locale Perth, Western Australia
Transit type Light rail
Number of lines 1 + 2 spur lines
Number of stations At least 17
Operation will start 2022
Operator(s) Transperth
Number of vehicles Articulated trams
Headway 5 minutes (peak times)
System length 22 km (14 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
System map
Polytechnic WestBalga
Mirrabooka bus stationMirrabooka
Cottonwood CrescentDianella
Morley Drive NorthDianella
Morley DriveDianella
Dianella PlazaDianella
Woodrow AvenueDianella/Yokine
Terry Tyzak Aquatic CentreInglewood
ECU Mt LawleyMt Lawley
WoodvilleNorth Perth
North PerthNorth Perth
Robertson ParkNorthbridge
Aberdeen StreetNorthbridge
Perth ArenaPerth CBD
City SquarePerth CBD
Swan River
CausewayVictoria Park
QEII Medical CentreNedlands

Metro Area Express (MAX) is a proposed light rail network for Perth, Western Australia. As of 2014, the MAX network is scheduled to open in 2022.


Further information: Trams in Perth

Perth's original tramway network, which linked the Perth CBD with many of Perth's inner suburbs, was in operation between the end of the nineteenth century and 1958.

Since the start of 2007, there have been four proposals for the reintroduction of trams to the Perth metropolitan area, in the form of light rail.[1] At least two of the proposals have been the subject of a detailed feasibility study.[2][3]

In September 2012, the Government of Western Australia announced plans for a new Perth network, to be known as Metro Area Express (MAX).[4][5]

Construction of the first stage was originally scheduled to begin in 2016, and be completed by the end of 2018.[5] However, in December 2013 the government announced the project would be deferred for three years.[6] Under the new timeframe the MAX network will open in 2022.[7]

In April 2014, incoming transport minister Dean Nalder stated the government would investigate splitting the project into two parts, to allow an earlier start to be made on construction with priority given to the Balga - CBD section.[8]

As of March 2015, the government is considering using buses to implement the MAX route instead of light rail. The cost would be approximately 50% less than a light rail system.[9]


The first stage of the MAX network will be a line running from the Polytechnic West campus in Balga, in Perth's northern suburbs, to the Perth CBD, with spur lines from the CBD to the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre in Nedlands and to the eastern end of the Causeway in Victoria Park.[5]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Ryan, Diana (17 January 2011). "Light rail decisions needed now". The West Australian. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Department for Planning and Infrastructure (2007). "Perth Light Rail Study". Planning Western Australia website. Department of Planning, Western Australia. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia (February 2010). "Stirling tram feasibility study – Preliminary patronage estimates" (PDF). Stirling City Centre Alliance website. City of Stirling, Western Australia. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "WA’s first light rail network gets the green light". Ministerial Media Statements. Government of Western Australia. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Trenwith, Courtney (2 September 2012). "A 'bold' light rail system to 'transform' Perth". watoday. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ "Reform and restructure puts brakes on debt". Ministerial Media Statements. Government of Western Australia. 18 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "About the Project – Anticipated timeline". MAX - Metro Area Express. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Transport Minister Dean Nalder reveals MAX light rail rethink". Perth Now. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  9. ^ O'Connor, Andrew (8 March 2015). "Move from light rail to buses not a broken promise, WA Transport Minister Dean Nalder says". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Archived from the original on 8 March 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.  Additional archives: 8 March 2015.


  • Brimson, Samuel (1983). The Tramways of Australia. Dreamweaver Books. ISBN 0-949825-01-8. 
  • Campbell, Bob (1999). Getting there by Tram in Western Australia. Mt Lawley, WA: Perth Electric Tramway Society Inc. ISBN 0646-38447-3. 
  • Culpeffer-Cooke, Tony; Gunzburg, Adrian; Pleydell, Ian (2010). Tracks by the Swan: The Electric Tram and Trolleybus Era of Perth, Western Australia. Mt Lawley, WA: Perth Electric Tramway Society Inc. ISBN 978-0-9807577-0-5. 
  • Jones, Colin (1993). Watch for Trams. Kenthurst, N.S.W: Kangaroo Press. ISBN 0-86417-544-2. 

External links[edit]

  • MAX – official site
  • Perth Light Rail – a coalition lobbying for the introduction of light rail to Perth