BUTTERWORTH: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badrawi launched RapidPenang, the state's latest public transport service, when he
flagged offthe buses at Padang MPSP here.
The Prime Minister said the service could be introduced in such a short span of time thanks to the close cooperation between the Federal Government and state government.
"This bus service is one of the efforts by the Government to provide quality, comfortable, systematic and efficient public transport for the people of Penang," he said.
RapidPenang chairman Datuk Abdul Rahim Mokhti said the company targeted 22,000 commuters on the island and 24,000 in Seberang Prai.
He said the service would cover eight corridors, one of which was new.
He said the company would increase its fleet of 150 buses if there were demand.
There will be two city shuttle routes, from Weld Quay to Komtar with a frequency of 10 minutes, and from Weld Quay to ]alan Mesjid Negeri andJalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim every 20 minutes. The fare is RMI per trip," he added.
Rides will be free until tomorrow after which.the fares, between RM1 and RM3, will be imposed.