Firm adds 30 more double-decker buses to its fleet

RAPID Penang will receive 30 more double-decker buses to serve its growing number of commuters.

Its chief operating officer Mohd Azmi Abdullah said the buses, which would be sent to Penang in stages, were expected to arrive by the end of this year.

“We are celebrating our 10th anniversary and we hope to get 100,000 commuters daily this year,” he told reporters during a Chinese New Year celebration with the bus commuters on Thursday.

For now, Rapid Penang has three double-decker buses plying the 101 route from Weld Quay to Teluk Bahang, the 102 route from the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas to Teluk Bahang and the 301 route between Weld Quay and Relau.

The company has 406 buses in Penang, with 330 buses on the road serving 56 routes within the state.

Mohd Azmi said tourists, both local and foreign ones, preferred double-decker buses to explore the various interesting sites in Penang.

“Our route between Weld Quay and Teluk Bahang is always packed with tourists,” he said.

Lion dance performance during the Rapid Penang Chinese New Year celebration with its commuters at the Rapid Penang Weld Quay Terminal B, Penang.Pix by GARY CHEN/The Star/ 02 Feb 2017.
Bus commuters being entertained by a lion dance during the event at the Rapid Penang Weld Quay Terminal B, Penang.

Mohd Azmi said the number of bus commuters for Rapid Penang had increased by 3% in January this year compared with that of the same period last year.

“In January last year, there was an average of 93,000 commuters daily. The number has increased to 96,000 daily in January this year,” he said.

During the festive celebration, commuters were entertained by lion dancers on stilts as well as a Rooster mascot and the ‘God of Prosperity’.

Rapid Penang staff members also gave out about 250 mandarin oranges to the commuters.

Also present was Land Public Transport Commission head of public relations (northern region) Shah Nizam Osman.