Free shuttle service resumes on mainland

Residents enjoying the free CAT shuttle service. — Filepic

PENANG’S Congestion Alleviation Transport (CAT) free shuttle service on the mainland, which was discontinued during the movement control order (MCO), has resumed.

State transport committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari said the service would continue until March 31,2021.

“This is in addition to the CAT Bridge free shuttle service introduced on Sept 1 to link the island to the mainland which benefits commuters who work at the Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone.

“The CAT Bridge service provides connectivity with CAT Seberang Jaya which links with the public transport terminal at Penang Sentral.

“As such, the CAT Bridge service which was supposed to stop on Dec 31 will continue for three months from Jan 1 to March 31,2021, ” he said in a statement.

Zairil said the CAT free shuttle service would be discontinued in 11 routes.

Six on the island are Ayer Itam, Bayan Baru, Tanjung Tokong/Pulau Tikus, George Town 2, Sungai Dua and Balik Pulau.

Five on the mainland are Bertam, Bukit Mertajam, Alma, Nibong Tebal and Batu Kawan.

“This is due to low ridership even before the MCO plus Rapid Penang also services the existing routes.

“Riders can also use their Pas Mutiara MY50 card for both Rapid Penang and Rapid Ferry.

“However, the state is committed to continuing bus subsidies as announced by the Chief Minister in Penang’s Budget 2021.

“A total of RM15mil is allocated for the CAT Bus services for 2021.

“We are discussing with Rapid Penang how best to maximise the bus subsidy to achieve the objective of getting more people to use public transport, ” he said.

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