BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Penang state government today launched its free bus service named the Congestion Alleviation Transport (CAT) in collaboration with Rapid Penang, on 12 selected routes in the state. The twelve routes are George Town, Bayan Baru, Sungai Dua, Tanjung Tokong, Ayer Itam and Balik Pulau on the island, and Seberang Jaya, Nibong Tebal, Bukit Mertajam, Simpang Ampat, Bertam and Batu Kawan on the mainland. State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said this was the second launch of the service after the first one on April 1, which involved two routes, Air Itam and Paya Terubong. "We will also provide bus stops in 12 areas identified by Rapid Penang that require this bus service, with a large number of passengers," he said when launching the free bus service, here today. He said the free bus service was introduced by the Penang government in 2009 in the George Town area, including free shuttles for workers in the … [Read more...] about Penang gov’t launches free bus service along 12 routes
Island bus services
SINGAPORE: When he was younger, Benjamin Lim would collect and study public bus brochures. He watched the buses ply their routes, tracked their makes and models, and even noted their frequency.He was such a bus enthusiast that he turned his hobby into a career -becoming the youngest bus captain, at the age of 22, to join the ranks at Tampines bus interchange, and one of the youngest in the trade.Today, after about a year and a half, he is under no illusion that being a bus driver is a smooth ride. "People think it’s very easy,” said the 23-year-old who grapples with everything from traffic to customer service. “They think we only need to fetch passengers from A to B … (But) every day is a challenge.”He is profiled in the documentary Don’t Make Us Invisible, about those labouring in professions that are crucial to Singapore but thankless at times. (Watch the series here.)HUNG OUT AT BUS INTERCHANGESMr Lim developed his … [Read more...] about He’s 23, and out to change the way we think of bus drivers
PHUKET: After decades in the planning, a new bus service will launch on the island in March. The new route will travel between Phuket International Airport and the popular tourist beaches of Patong, Karon, and Kata via Tesco Lotus on the bypass road (click here to see map of the new bus route).Phuket Gazette not to name the operator willing to launch the bus route, but he disclosed that the company had signed a seven-year contract with the government to provide the long-awaited service.MAFIA CONCERNSThis story was originally published as the page one lead story in the hard-copy issue of the Phuket Gazette that hit the newsstands on Friday. — Chutharat Plerin … [Read more...] about New Phuket bus plan breaks “transport barrier’
Jejudo, known in English as Jeju Island is the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, and the main island of Jeju Province of South Korea. The island lies in the Korea Strait, south of South Jeolla Province. The island contains the natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes. Jejudo has a moderate climate; even in winter, the temperature rarely falls below 0 °C. OK, that’s the Wikipedia stuff, now down to the good stuff. Getting There And Getting Around: I’d recommend the bus service. There are two main terminals from which services radiate – one at Jeju City, the other in the south at Seogwipo. English language information is provided at the bus station and when you’re on board an LED screen announces the next stop in English. There’s digital information at bus stops too, telling you the time until the next bus. On board, you just press a button on the wall to tell the driver that you want to get off. Few … [Read more...] about Jeju. A quick introduction to the South Korean holiday island.
So you need to get from Phuket to Bangkok, or Bangkok to Phuket? You have choices of flying, driving or taking a bus. As the flight prices remain cheap and the services generally numerous and reliable, the buses have plenty of competition on their hands. But they are a cheaper option and you’ll certainly see more of the countryside along the way. But there are few things you need to know… 1. Choices of bus You have plenty of choice of style of buses, prices and times. Most of the bus services leave from the Phuket Bus Terminal in Thepkasatri Road, between Phuket Town and the Bang Khu intersection. We chose a VIP Express bus service (more about that later). The buses are generally in better condition than the one plying the island packed with Chinese tourists which seem to rely on a lick of paint and a few prayers to hold them together. Most of the buses we saw at the various terminals were in good condition and some of them fairly new. You will need a bit of patience to … [Read more...] about Top Ten Things to know about taking a bus from Phuket to Bangkok (or back)