By Sarah Townsend
Gov't hopes to double its bus network by launching 20 new routes this year
Bahrain hopes to double its bus network by launching 20 new routes this year, it announced on Monday.
A report submitted to cabinet yesterday by transport and telecommunications minister Kamal Ahmed calls for public transport coverage across Bahrain to be increased from 35 percent to 77 percent in 2015, according to the Gulf Daily News.
The ministry said it plans to operate 32 new bus lines by August, up from 12 at present. The current 35-strong bus fleet will be expanded to 77 from April, with plans to bring the total number to 141 buses serving Bahrain by August.
There are also plans to increase the number of bus stops across the network from 400 to 950 in 2015.
“[Monday’s] session discussed various alternatives to increase public transport commuters and achieve strategic goals,” said cabinet secretary-general Dr Yasser bin Essa Al Nasser.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Today I was travelling from Jannusan to Gudaibiya at 12.27 pm.Ticket no.31145.but he told to travel by another bus at Manama stand. I was in a hurry for duty. So Purchased another ticket no.31129.Bus no 41929.He travelled by wrong route (12.50pm).Most of them panicked & left the bus. I also got down & hired a taxi.Why there was no Bahraini driver & GPS system. How can an expatriate drive ?