FOUR Rapid Penang buses have been deployed to offer a free shuttle service along a 14km loop around Bukit Mertajam town in Penang.
Under the Congestion Alleviation Transport (CAT) feeder bus service, bright apple green coloured buses will make 16 stops along the way.
The route covers the Bukit Mertajam bus terminal (Summit), Jalan Arumugam Pillai, Jalan Aston, Jalan Usahaniaga, Jalan Kulim, Jalan Kampung Baru, Jalan Berjaya, Jalan Maju, Jalan Song Ban Keng, Jalan Betek, Lorong Tembikai, Jalan Nangka, Jalan Perda Barat, Jalan Perda Utama, Jalan Permatang Rawa, Jalan Ciku and back to the bus terminal.
Those heading to Bukit Mertajam Hospital, SMK Convent and SJK (C) Kim Sen can alight in Jalan Kulim and those heading to the Seberang Prai Municipal Council Sports Complex and Desa Wawasan Flats can alight in Jalan Betek.
Commuters heading to Desa Wawasan can get off in Jalan Tembikai.
There will be two exchange stations at the Bukit Mertajam bus terminal and Jalan Perda Utama in front of council headquarters for passengers to switch to other bus routes.
The service is from 5.50am to 11pm daily with each bus coming along at 25-minute intervals.
State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the Bukit Mertajam CAT service was the first of its kind on mainland Penang.
“I hope the service will make it more convenient for people to go out without being burdened by travelling cost.
“The service is also expected to boost the local economy by reducing traffic and increasing manpower flow,” he said during the launch of the service at the council headquarters in Bandar Perda recently.
The CAT free bus shuttle service is part of the Penang government’s RM15mil three-year contract with Rapid Penang for the feeder buses.