Free rides launched in Ayer Itam


(Front row, from right) Chow, Lim and Mohd Azam are all smiles on board one of the feeder buses at the launch of the CAT Ayer Itam service in front of SMK Air Itam at Jalan Thean Teik, Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, Penang.

AYER Itam and Paya Terubong residents were the first to ride the free Congestion Alleviation Transport (CAT) feeder bus

service at its launch.

They can now ride the eight bright apple green coloured RapidPenang buses which are part of the state’s RM15mil free shuttle service launched on Sunday.

The buses are to run along two routes, CAT Ayer Itam A and CAT Ayer Itam B, on a 16km loop from the Paya Terubong hub near the EcoWorld Gallery @ Eco Terraces with a 10 to 15-minute frequency.

Route A covers Paya Terubong, Jalan Paya Terubong (Wisma Indah), Jalan Ayer Itam (Pekan Ayer Itam), Jalan Sempadan, Jalan Padang Tembak, Jalan Ayer Itam, Jalan Thean Teik (Sunshine Farlim), Jalan Angsana (Bandar Baru Ayer Itam health clinic), Jalan Semarak Api, Lintang Angsana and Lebuhraya Thean Teik before heading back to the hub.

The routes for the Ayer Itam feeder buses which started plying from Ayer Itam on April 1 under the Congestion Alleviation Transport (CAT) programme.
The routes for the Ayer Itam feeder buses which started plying from Ayer Itam on April 1 under the Congestion Alleviation Transport (CAT) programme.

Route B is anti-clockwise to Route A.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the routes were chosen because of the high number of bus commuters.

“That is why we chose to launch the CAT Ayer Itam first,” he said during the launch of the service.

Also present were Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who launched the service and Rapid Bus chief executive officer Mohd Azam Omar.

The service for Ayer Itam route will be from 5.30am to 11.45pm.

Services to other routes will begin at a later date.

The state has two other free bus service programmes — the Central Area Transit which began in 2008 and Bridge Express Shuttle Transit which was launched in 2011.

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