Malta to add 40 new buses as demand for public transport increases

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With the growing number of passengers and increased demand, Malta Public Transport has decided to increase the number of buses in its fleet by 15 per cent.

According to IntelligentTransport.com, the island country is all set to introduce 40 new 12-metre Otokar Kent buses on Matese roads.

The announcement was made by Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna.

Felipe Cosmen, Malta Public Transport Chairman, was also present with the ministers and said: “While mobility is evolving, public transport remains the most efficient and most eco-friendly way of moving large amounts of people. With this investment, more than half the fleet is less than four years old.”

According to the report, the company has added 250 buses since its inception in 2015. The new buses will rely on clean energy to keep a check on carbon footprint and will also have free wifi and USB charging points.

There has been a greater push towards public transport in Malta since last few years with the island country witnessing a record 53.4 million passengers travel by buses.

This year, the number of passengers travelling by bus has increased by 8 per cent as compared to last year.

“These numbers are showing us that public transport is meeting the people’s demands and therefore it is important that we put more efforts in order to improve efficiency further, for the benefit of the commuters,” Ian Borg was quoted as saying by IntelligentTransport.com.