Smart Bus In Phuket Started Operation
The most awaited smart bus of Phuket has already started its operation but for the meantime, only a single route is available. The pilot route connects passengers from Phuket International Airport going to the Rawai beach which is in the southern part of the island and vice versa. This is good news for both locals and tourists staying at private pool family villas Phuket because of the convenience.
Panupong Sawetarun who is Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ appointed secretary was the one who spearheaded the opening ceremony. The first route of the smart bus is designated as the blue route. This route covers the western beach road of the island.
The blue route is consists of 50 stops between the Phuket International Airport and Rawai. It will be stopping at various tourists spots such as the beaches of Surin, Kamala, Patong, Karon and Kata while the end is Rawai which is another beach road. The total distance of the blue route is 56 kilometers. The first trip will start at 6 in the morning and the last trip is at 8 in the evening. In total, there are 32 trips available for passengers. According to an estimate, each bus will have to allot between two and three hours in order to cover the route.
The project was the brainchild of Phuket City Development in partnership with Rabbit x Phuket Smartcard which is intended to be used for smart payments. The smart buses are equipped with modern features such as a safety control room, CCTV cameras, USB port provided at every seat, GPS navigation system, Wi-Fi connection for passengers and a lift which is to help load and unload passengers with who are using a wheelchair.
According to Phuket City Development’s board member, Watchara Jaruariyanon, Phuket is known all over the world as one of the most visited tourist spot in Thailand but the fact remains that the island does not have the modern public transportation. Tourists are suffering from the traffic congestion just to reach the town of Phuket from the airport.
The smart bus was developed with hopes of aiding the tourism of the island. This will cater to everyone, the locals and tourists especially those with kids staying at private pool family villas Phuket because this is more convenient and safer.