Over 70% of free bus users are locals

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

The ‘Melaka Berwibawa’ bus is only free for locals, foreigners have to pay. — Filepic

Most of the passengers using “Melaka Berwibawa” free bus service are locals.

State Public Works, Transport and Public Amenities Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sofi Abdul Wahab said at the state assembly that about 70.46% of the 93,716 passengers were locals.

He said ticket proceeds from foreigners who made up 29.54% was RM48,730.30 since August 2018.

“Locals have benefited from the free bus service and not foreigners as alleged by certain people. The average daily passenger figure registered an increase that shows locals were supporting the free service,” he said.

Mohd Sofi (Amanah-Durian Tunggal) was replying to the question by Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafaar Atan (BN-Asahan) on the development and response of the public to the free bus service in the state.

Mohd Sofi said the state government also planned to introduce electric-powered bus service within the next one or two years in line with Melaka’s aspiration to achieve smart city status.

Meanwhile, he said the smart traffic lights using the synchronised green wave technology at seven locations from the Ayer Keroh Toll Plaza heading to the junction at Padang Jambu here had managed to reduce motorists travelling time by 60%.

He added the system was also expected to be adopted at the traffic lights along the Alor Gajah-Melaka-Jasin stretch after the current dry run is completed.

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