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The new buses ... awareness drive

Tour to promote public transport in Bahrain

MANAMA, April 24, 2015

A bus tour through Muharraq and Manama in Bahrain this weekend hopes to encourage more people to switch to public transport.

Members of the public are being invited to take part in the tour, organised by the Muharraq Communal Society, tomorrow (April 25), said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

It involves using Bahrain's new bus service, introduced by the Bahrain Public Transport Company (BPTC) on February 15, to navigate two of the country's oldest and biggest urban districts.

The tour will commence at 10am from Muharraq's main bus terminal, next to Muharraq Post Office, and passengers will stay on the bus as it follows its typical fixed route lasting around two hours.

It will take people to Bahrain International Airport, Arad, Hidd and Mina Salman before travelling along Kuwait Avenue to Salmaniya Medical Complex and then Manama's main terminal.

The bus will then return to the Muharraq terminal from where it started.

Society social committee head Mariam Abdulla Ayoob said the initiative was intended to make people aware of the benefits of using public transport.

"We are trying to encourage people to use public transport more, especially with the launch of the new buses," she told the GDN.

"By using public transport, we can reduce daily road congestion - especially during the morning and peak hours.

"Less cars also means less pollution and a cleaner environment.

"Students should also take public buses to go to school instead of depending on their parents to drop them off or waiting for a long time until they come and pick them up, especially working parents.

"Bus stations are located across Bahrain and there must be a station next to everyone's house - it is healthy to walk those few steps to the station.

"The new buses are suitable for everyone and there is even accessibility for disabled passengers."

The first phase of the new bus service constitutes 77 buses on 22 lines, compared to 35 buses serving 12 routes previously. However, by August 1 the plan is to expand even further to cover 32 routes with 141 buses.

People who want to take part in the bus tour should arrive at the Muharraq bus terminal before 9.30am tomorrow.

The bus fare costs 200 fils ($0.50) per passenger. - TradeArabia News Service

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