Malta Public Transport, the national operator of the bus service on the Maltese Islands, has expanded its fleet by 15%, as the frequency on the islands’ most popular routes is increased to cater for the growing number of people choosing to travel by bus.
The inauguration of 40 new 12-metre Otokar Kent buses was announced by the Minister for
Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna, together with Chairman of Malta Public Transport Felipe Cosmen.
“While mobility is evolving, public transport remains the most efficient and most eco-friendly way of moving large amounts of people,” said Felipe Cosmen, Malta Public Transport Chairman. “With this investment, more than half the fleet is less than four years old.”
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna, together with Chairman of Malta Public Transport Felipe Cosmen.
The company has introduced 250 new buses since it took over the operation in 2015. The new buses provide clean and fully accessible transportation, which Malta Public Transport is confident will play an important part in reducing the country’s collective carbon footprint.
The new buses also feature USB charging points and free Wi-Fi, which is available on all the fleet, while some of the buses were specifically built for airport routes, with larger luggage space.
With a population of less than half a million people, the bus service in Malta has seen massive increases over a number of years with 2018 being a record year with 53.4 million passengers, and the first six months of this year already experiencing an 8% increase over the same period of last year.
The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, and Capital Projects Ian Borg remarked that public transport is very important for Malta, forming part of the holistic plan that the Government put in place in order to address the congestion and traffic issues.
“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,” explained Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg.
Cosmen welcomed the government’s decision to upgrade the public transport network with new routes and frequencies. This upgrade will offer passengers better connectivity, while increasing capacity on the busiest routes at peak times.
“It is a very interesting time for mobility in general, but particularly here in Malta with its opportunities, factors and characteristics,” continued the Chairman, “it encourages Malta Public Transport to push for more innovation.” He concluded by thanking all the workers for their dedication and energy in achieving these important results, as well as all the loyal customers.