More options for bus commuters

Posters on the Mutiara pass for unlimited bus rides are placed at the Rapid Penang bus terminal in Weld Quay, Penang. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

FREQUENT Rapid Penang bus commuters were unanimous in the giving thumbs up to the My30 Mutiara pass for unlimited bus rides in the state.

Among them was student Chan Jia Xin, 21, who took the bus at least three times a week.

“When I got to know about this RM30 monthly pass, I immediately applied for it and got the pass on the same day itself.

“I am happy to get this unlimited pass as it can save me a lot of money.

“Although I am on semester break now, I still commute using the bus to work, ” she said when recently met at the bus terminal in Weld Quay, George Town.

After being widely used in the Klang Valley and Selangor, the My30 unlimited travel pass was expanded to include Rapid Penang and Rapid Kuantan bus networks starting Jan 1.

Pass holders will get to enjoy unlimited rides for RM30 a month.

Chan showing her My30 Mutiara pass.Chan showing her My30 Mutiara pass.

Promoter Lim Phaik See, 40, who uses the bus every day, said the My30 Mutiara pass came just in time as her My50 pass was expiring soon.

“I have been using My50 travel pass since its launch.

“I saved a lot of money with the deal as I use the bus every day from my house to work and back home after work.

“I will definitely apply for it after my current My50 travel pass expires.

“However, I hope that the system can be upgraded as sometimes, it is not sensitive and it cannot read my travel pass, ” she said.

Civil servant Zaliha Yaacob, 43, said she would apply one for herself and her niece after being told about the pass.

“I always take e-hailing services to travel around.

“With this promotion, I will definitely commute on the bus more frequently.

“I will also tell my niece about it as she often uses public transportation, ” she said.

Commuters heading  for their buses  at the terminal.Commuters heading for their buses at the terminal.

Meanwhile, Prasarana Malaysia Bhd in a statement on Tuesday said the sale of My30 Mutiara pass has slowly picked up after the year-end holiday, with 654 passes sold so far.

Users can buy the pass at all eight kiosks of Rapid Penang — Rapid Penang headquarters at Lorong Kulit; bus terminal at Weld Quay (Terminal B); bus terminal at Komtar, bus hub at Bukit Jambul; bus terminal at Balik Pulau; bus terminal at Bukit Mertajam; bus hub at Datuk Kailan Kepala Batas complex and Penang Sentral (Level 1).

Prasarana said a fee of RM5 would be charged for registration for first-time users with an additional RM5 for the card, making the total first-time purchase RM40.

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