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From tomorrow, the Pulau Tikus Loop (PTL) free bus shuttle – provided through a public-private partnership between Gurney Paragon, Gurney Plaza, Rapid Penang and local assemblyman Yap Soo Huey – will be extended to Mt Erskine.
The new route covers Jalan Kelawai (starting at Gurney Plaza), Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Jalan Fettes, Jalan Mt Erskine, Jalan Burma, Jalan Pangkor and Jalan Kelawai (ending at Gurney Paragon). The PTL will no longer go down Jalan Bagan Jermal.
“We are launching the PTL extension ahead of Chinese New Year because we hope that people going to Pulau Tikus shops and businesses, Pulau Tikus market, Mt Erskine market, Fettes Park shops and businesses, and of course meeting up with friends and family at the Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon malls, can use this bus to avoid parking difficulties and traffic congestion,” said Yap.
“As usual, we are expecting an increase in tourists during the holiday season and even some Penangites returning without having their cars with them.
“There is an increase of 10,000 new cars and 3,000 newly qualified drivers every single month in Penang. Initiatives such as the Pulau Tikus Loop are the only way to help reduce dependency on cars. The Rapid Penang bus used for the PTL provides a clean, comfortable, air-conditioned and hassle-free environment for passengers to travel,” she said.
The bus departs from Gurney Plaza every hour from 8am to 10pm, and ends its loop at Gurney Paragon Mall. Each loop takes about 30 minutes and stops at all Rapid Penang bus stops along its route.
The PTL bus can be recognised as a Rapid Penang bus with an LED panel that says “Free Pulau Tikus Loop”.
The PTL was launched in October 2014. It records an average of 5,000 passengers a month with passenger numbers steadily increasing. In December 2015, more than 8,000 passengers used the PTL.
The service has been fully sponsored by Gurney Paragon and Gurney Plaza since it launched in 2014. – February 4, 2016.