Some good news for a change. The Moovit app, the number one app for public transport globally, has been around for quite some time but it finally has access to real-time information for buses in Penang. So now you will be able to know how many minutes it will take for the next bus to arrive in real-time.
This is a handy tool for planning your journey using public transport in Penang. It is like using the Grab app – but this app is for public transport and includes ferry and train times. It also shows you various suggested routes and journey times for each route and the breakdown of these times, including time taken to walk to the bus stop or ferry terminal or train station.
It certainly has the potential to boost the use of public transport in the state. At present, only 4% of people in Penang use public transport compared to 67% in Singapore.
Access to real-time bus data was one of four recommendations made by Aliran writer Simon Tan in an article written just a couple of months ago – Why I love Singapore buses. These four recommendations, he said, would enable Penang and Kuala Lumpur to catch up with Singapore. So it’s now one down, three to go!
Another easy recommendation would be introducing dedicated lanes for buses and high-occupancy vehicles – at least along certain busy stretches. Read Simon’s article to find out more.
Download the Moovit app from Google Playstore.