by RAHIMI YUNUS / graphic by MZUKRI MOHAMAD
PRASARANA Malaysia Bhd expects the expansion of the My30 travel pass to Penang and Kuantan soon will reduce the public transport expenditure burden for the people.
The multi-modal public transport operator said the Covid-19 pandemic and Movement Control Order have caused the number of passengers of Rapid Penang to drop from an average of 72,000 daily to 36,000.
Rapid Kuantan in Pahang recorded a decline from 7,000 passengers last year to 3,300 on average daily.
“With the introduction of the My30 package, of course, it will help ease the burden of public transport expenses for the residents of Penang and Kuantan. At Prasarana, we expect an increase in the number of passengers using the services operated by Prasarana group,” chairman Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said in a statement yesterday.
Prasarana said it will be extending the My30 travel pass to Penang and Kuantan as soon as possible, in line with Budget 2021.
Tajuddin said the extension of the My30 travel pass, and bringing it to Rapid Penang and Rapid Kuantan highlights the government’s determination in helping Malaysians who are affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.
“Prasarana viewed that encouraging Malaysians to use public transport is the most effective measure to increase productivity and stimulating economic growth as well as commercial activities, which are very critical at this time,” he said.
He added that the Transport Ministry will deliberate the details before giving Prasarana the green light.
Tajuddin also said Prasarana fully supports the Stage Bus Services Transformation Programme, which will be expanded to other states and cities starting next year.
The initiative is in line with the government’s aspiration to increase the share of public transport to 40% by 2030.
Tajuddin also welcomed the government’s commitment in the development of rail infrastructure, particularly the Johor Baru-Woodland Rapid Transit System, high-speed rail and Mass Rapid Transit Line 3 projects.
The My30 travel package was introduced on June 15 this year for unlimited use of the Rapid KL urban rail and bus transport network, which is opened exclusively for Malaysian citizens. It has an average of 120,000 users per month.
At present, Rapid Penang customers use Pas Mutiara that allows them to use Penang bus and ferry services unlimitedly for RM50 a month.
Rapid Kuantan uses a cash payment system and MyRapid card for non-cash transactions.