More commuters are using the Bridge Express Shuttle Transit (Best) service across the Penang Bridge during peak hours.
1 March – Less than 100 commuters when service was launched
31 March – 400 commuters daily
22 April – 800 commuters daily*
That’s close to 800 fewer private vehicles on the Bridge during peak hours and goes some way in easing congestion.
This is definitely the way to go.
The Penang Transport Council is now mulling plans to expand the service to cover Bukit Mertajam, Nibong Tebal and Komtar.
Service frequency could be increased once Rapid Penang gets another 200 buses next year.
The Penang state government and Rapid Penang should work together to improve the bus service even further, spare us the congestion and save us from incurring expensive investment in roads and highways.
Apart from Best, which is free, Rapid Penang should also come up with an affordable monthly season ticket for Penangites that would cover all parts of the island and mainland. They can also work with Penang Port to include ferry fares in the season ticket cost. These season tickets could be widely sold in the state at places like mini-markets, sundry shops, and news vendors.
* See Star report.