Why is Prasarana not agreeing to the Penang government’s proposal for free bus service in Penang?
Is it because the RM10m to be set aside by the Penang government is not enough? If not, why?
This report from the Pemandu website:
Penang proposed free public transport during peak hours
30 JUNE 2012 – Penang state government plans to set aside RM10 million a year for public bus operators to provide free ride for seven hours a day on every working day to encourage the use of public transport in order to address traffic congestion on the island.
Unfortunately, the proposal did not receive any positive response from Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana).
If successfully implemented, chief minister Lim Guan Eng said, the public will be provided with free ride on Monday to Friday, from 6am to 9am and 4pm to 8pm, to reduce number of cars on the road.
Prasarana has also been urged to give Penang state government a written reply pertaining to this proposal.
Thanks to blog reader tuakee for the link.
There are other ways the Penang state government and RapidPenang can work together. Off-hand, I list some ideas:
- Subsidise monthly season tickets. They are now too expensive and not easily available around the corner to where people live.
- Give incentives to people who buy monthly season tickets. Say, if people produce 12 monthly season tickets, it would qualify them for a special appreciation award.
- Provide a subsidy – or confine the RM100 handout vouchers – to those who buy bicycles including the foldable types.
- Launch an all-out campaign for people to use buses, similar to the Cleaner, Greener Penang campaign.
- When doing road-widening, put in place dedicated bicycle lanes instead of expanding the space for cars. Why discriminate against cyclists?
These suggestions are surely do-able. I am sure others can think of even more feasible ideas to promote sustainable transport.