Phnom Penh Bus Service Expanding by Two Routes

City Hall is drawing up plans to roll out an expanded public bus service after more than 20,000 passengers took the limited service along Monivong Boulevard during the first two weeks of a month-long public transport experiment, Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong said Tuesday.

Speaking to about 50 municipal officials about his plans for improving public order in the capital, Mr. Socheatvong said that the public’s apparent receptiveness to the buses was evidence that a citywide bus service was viable, and in the short-term he would propose two additional routes along Mao Tse Toung and Kampuchea Krom boulevards.

“We will look to import new buses to be used for the service and we will do it quickly like other countries, starting from now,” he said.

However, joint studies must also be conducted on the viability of the proposed new routes with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, which implemented the current trial and has been helping to devise a public transport system in Phnom Penh for the past 15 years.

Mr. Socheatvong said that City Hall was considering a bus discount card for students, among whom the trial bus service has proved especially popular.

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