RapidPenang to get 50 more buses
By Melissa Darlyne Chow
14 March, 2008
GEORGE TOWN: RapidPenang will be adding 50 buses to its fleet by the end of the year. This is due to increasing demand from residents in south Kedah and north Perak.
Its chief executive officer, Azhar Ahmad, said new routes were being planned in places such as Kuala Muda, Penaga and Kepala Batas.
“People in Kulim and Padang Serai in Kedah have also requested for buses to ply the routes there.
“We now only have 150 buses, so we are planning to add more by the end of the year,” he said after an appreciation ceremony for its bus captains here yesterday.
Azhar said people now had more confidence in RapidPenang as the company practised transparency and accountability.
He said exemplary bus captains, such as Ibrahim Abdullah, who had stopped to help three snatch victims get police help in Bukit Minyak two months ago, were also one of the factors which boosted people’s confidence in RapidPenang.
On the state government’s plans to have other competitors ply the routes as a way to improve the public transportation system, Azhar said competitiveness was not a factor.
“It is more about providing on-time and efficient service. We welcome the competition, and we also look forward to working closely with the state government to improve the public transportation system.”