KEPALA BATAS: The Government will speed up the purchase of 200 buses for Rapid Penang, thus allowing it to add more routes to its service.
Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcob said the purchase of additional buses is in response to the demands of the rural population who have requested for better public transport.
“With the additional buses, we hope to create more new routes which would not only benefit urban dwellers but also those staying in rural areas.
“The demand for more bus routes proves that public transportation is widely accepted and used by all,” he said to newsmen Sunday after meeting with Tasek Gelugor Umno division leaders.
The additional buses are expected to cover 14 new routes in the state including Seberang Prai.
Nor Mohamed said the Government is also looking into increasing the frequency of the bus service thus shortening the waiting time for buses.
Rapid Penang Sdn Bhd currently services 33 routes in 106 housing areas. Its daily passenger volume reaches up to 46,000 passengers.