THE ‘Pulau Tikus Loop’ (PTL), a shuttle service that allows the public to travel in the township for free, now includes Mount Erskine in its route.
The new route covers Jalan Kelawai (in front of Gurney Plaza), Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Jalan Fettes, Jalan Mt Erskine, Jalan Burmah, Jalan Pangkor before ending in Jalan Kelawai (in front of Gurney Paragon Mall).
Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey said the route which took effect last Friday was reaching out to the people in Mount Erskine area, adding that the new loop no longer included Jalan Bagan Jermal.
“The new route is launched ahead of Chinese New Year as we expect more residents, shoppers and visitors to throng this area during the festive season.
“We are also expecting more tourists during this holiday season as some Penangites will return from overseas.
“The ride allows the public to commute freely without worrying about parking or being stuck in traffic congestion,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.
The bus departs from Gurney Plaza every hour from 8am to 10pm, and ends each of its loop at Gurney Paragon Mall. Each loop takes about 30 minutes and stops at all Rapid Penang bus stops along its route to pick up and drop off passengers.
The PTL was launched in October 2014 as a bus shuttle that allows people from Pulau Tikus to travel around the township without needing their cars.
It is a free bus shuttle that is provided to the community via a successful public-private partnership between Gurney Para-gon Mall, Gurney Plaza, Rapid Penang and Yap.
Yap said Rapid Penang buses offering this free service displayed ‘Free Pulau Tikus Loop’ on its LED panel.
She said the service had recorded an average of 5,000 passengers monthly since its launching.
“The number has increased gradually. In December last year, we have recorded nearly 8,000 passengers.
“The two malls are the sponsors who have contributed RM240,000 in total for the free service,” she said, adding that she would give out RM2,000 monthly from her allocation for the service to be extended to Mount Erskine.
She urged the residents and public to use this service to move around in the area.