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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

(The Star) CAT daily bus routes launched in Seberang Jaya

Residents in Seberang Jaya and the surrounding areas on the Penang mainland can now enjoy free shuttle service.

State exco member Dr Afif Bahardin, who is also Seberang Jaya assemblyman, said the Congestion Alleviation Transport (CAT) feeder service with six buses got off to a good start in his area on Saturday.

He said the daily service from 6am to 10.30pm would run from two main points -– Tesco Extra Seberang Jaya and Penang Sentral in Butterworth.

“We hope the mainland folk will make full use of this shuttle service instead of using private vehicles.

“This will help reduce traffic congestion, especially along the 16km stretch where the buses are plying,” he said before launching the service near Billon Supermarket in Seberang Jaya on Friday.

Dr Afif said the public could easily spot the buses which were painted in bright apple green hues.

He added that the buses would ply designated routes at an estimated 35-minute frequency.

Bus driver Mohd Khairie Yope showing the CAT routes during the launch.— Photos by MUSTA F A AHMAD / The Star 

The other pick-up/drop-off points for the buses are Taman Sembilang, SMK Seberang Jaya, Sunway Carnival Mall, Bandar Sunway, Wisma Perkeso, The Light Hotel, SK Seberang Jaya, Seberang Jaya food court, Seberang Jaya public market, Taman Siakap food court, SP Arena, Taman Baru, Seberang Jaya Hospital, AEON Big, SMK Tun Hussein Onn, Megamal Pinang, Ixora Hotel, SMK Perai, Taman Chai Leng, Pearl View Hotel and Padang Kilat TNB.

The free shuttle service covers Lengkok Sembilang, Jalan Jelawat, Jalan Todak 2, Lebuh Tenggiri 2, Lintang Tenggiri, Jalan Tuna, Jalan Tenggiri, Jalan Siakap, part of PLUS North-South Expressway, Jalan Tun Hussein Onn, Jalan Kelisa Emas 1, Jalan Prai Jaya, Jalan Baru and part of Butterworth Outer Ring Road.

After the launching ceremony, Dr Afif invited reporters and guests for a short ride on one of the buses plying between Billion Supermarket and Tesco Extra Seberang Jaya.

Also present at the launch of the service was State Secretary Office’s Local Government Division Traffic Management Unit engineer Mustaqin Alpi.