Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket Town ‘Pink Bus’ project wins ‘innovation’ award

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization’s “Pink Bus” project providing reasonably-priced public transport for Phuket City residents has won a national award for “Local Innovation” from the Prime Minister’s Office.

The award was one of 61 awarded to local administration offices by a new Prime Minister’s Office committee on decentralization of power to local administration organizations. A total of 1,003 projects were nominated nationwide.

PPAO President Paiboon Upatising accepted the award from Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at Government House in Bangkok on the morning of September 17.

It was the first-ever presentation of the Thai Local Innovation awards, a project started by the Abhisit administration.

The presentation was followed by speeches by academics on the topic of “Local Innovation in the First Decade of Decentralization”. Attendees also viewed exhibits detailing the various projects on display in the Santi Maitri Building at Government House.

In his address, PM Abhisit defined the term “local innovation” as any change in government-sector service with a clear public benefit.

The awards will help local administration organizations learn from each other in adopting such innovations, he said.

Mr Paiboon said the Pink Bus project was nominated by a team of researchers from Walailak University in Nakhon Sri Thammarat. The academics served as consultants for the Prime Minister’s Office for the southern region.

The Pink Buses, known locally as Po Thong, were introduced by PPAO President Paiboon in September last year.

The fleet of 16 songtaew (“two-row”) open-air buses gradually replaced a fleet of mechanically-plagued air-conditioned minibuses introduced by a previous PPAO administration.

None of the 16 green minibuses are still in operation. A source at the PPAO said the organization was still unsure of what to do with old green buses, as they were too run down to justify the cost of repair or replacement.

The Pink Buses run the same two routes as their predecessors: Route 1: Big C to Saphan Hin; and Route 2: Super Cheap to the Fresh Market on Chao Fa East Road. Fares are 10 baht for all journeys and free for children.

A third route connecting Koh Sireh in Rassada to Phuket Town is the next route planned.

In the latest development, PPAO officials are now inspecting 73 newly-installed signs at bus stops along both routes.

Chutaporn Chantat, an officer at PPAO Supplies and Property Division, said work installing the signs was carried out under a two-million-baht budget, with work beginning March 31 and ending September 15.

As with other projects carried out by the current PPAO administration, the signs are pink.

As this goes to print, PPAO inspectors were preparing to inspect the signs to ensure construction meets all specifications as required under the contract.

The signs, which will be illuminated at night, are in English and bear the route number of buses that stop at each location.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Chon Buri33 mins ago

Driver blames GPS for durian truck wedged under overpass

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Despite low riders, Covid-19 train to continue

Pattaya4 hours ago

Planning for “Pattaya Move On” reopening scheme continues

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Best of5 hours ago

Top 5 cookie shops in Bangkok

Drugs5 hours ago

Marine police seize 30 kilograms of methamphetmine from squid fishing boat

Thailand5 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Bars defy bans, Sandbox ‘still on’, vaccine rush | July 28

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand7 hours ago

Thailand to apply for Guinness World Record for longest petrified log

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Koh Samui bar and club finds 16 Covid-19 infections

Best of9 hours ago

Kanchanaburi’s 5 coolest hotels

Thailand9 hours ago

Thousands of inmates granted royal pardon on HM the King’s birthday

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 16,533 new cases; provincial totals

Best of9 hours ago

5 of the most amazing hotels in Koh Chang

Best of10 hours ago

The best steakhouses in Pattaya serving juicy steak

Coronavirus (Covid-19)12 hours ago

Girls infected with Covid after mother dies at home; public criticises healthcare system

Coronavirus Vaccines12 hours ago

Crowds rush to Bang Sue for vaccination ahead of walk-in registration ending

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending