Shock delay: Phuket’s electrifying free bus service hits a roadblock

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The eagerly awaited launch of Phuket’s electrifying free bus service has been put on hold until May 17, as revealed by the local business consortium, Phuket City Development Co Ltd (PKCD). This unexpected detour stems from licensing procedures that have hit a few bumps in the road, causing the delay.

PKCD, in conjunction with the Sustainable Tourism Development Foundation, expressed apologies for the delay and showed appreciation for the public’s understanding and support.

The electric bus service, also known as The Dragon Line, was originally slated to begin operations on May 9. The service, offering air-conditioned rides at no cost to residents and tourists, will run daily during an initial trial period.

The bus route, which runs in a circular pattern every 30 minutes from 11am until 10pm, boasts 16 stops. This bus service was conceived as a solution to the twin problems of traffic congestion and inadequate parking facilities in Phuket Town.

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The Chairman of the Sustainable Tourism Development Foundation, Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, highlighted the benefits of the project at its launch last month. He emphasised that the bus service would provide tourists and locals with an additional travel option, encouraging them to opt for public transportation.

Moreover, the service will employ electric buses to diminish air pollution, thereby mitigating the carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to air pollution.

Bhummikitti concluded by stressing the project’s potential to foster collaboration between government agencies, the private sector, and related sectors. This project underscores the concerted effort to promote clean energy and sustainable development in the region, reported Phuket News.

In related news, Phuket’s traffic congestion crisis might be getting some relief with the expansion of a small road that connects Wat Tha Reua, south of the Heroines Monument, to Baan Manik in Cherng Talay. The road has been broadened in hopes of reducing the heavy traffic load on Thepkrasattri Road and Srisoonthorn Road.

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