A new future for public transport
Speaking in todays interview Transport and Communications Minister
Censu Galea outlines what he calls a general overhaul of the public
Speaking just one day after the introduction of the new bus ticketing
system, which was greeted with controversy in some quarters, Galea outlines
discussions on the future form of public transport taking place at present
between all parties concerned.
Among the wide-ranging changes in the pipeline is a shift from the Valletta
terminus serving as Maltas main public transport hub to the setting
up of a number of major hubs across the Islands to replace the current
He explains, "We would like to have five or six major hubs from
where major routes originate to various destinations, in this way reaching
different parts of villages not necessarily from Valletta. This will
be a big change when, hopefully, it comes to a conclusion."
Galea also pinpoints the need for a dedicated night bus service for
the Islands, identifying Paceville as the prospective hub of the service
that would run to most parts of the Island.
The minister also comments on the first day of operations for Maltas
new bus ticketing machines, which have more uses than what meets the
commuters eye. He comments, "One very important point about
the ticketing machines is that apart from reducing contact with the
drivers, real information is being collected from the machines such
as the number of passengers, from which areas and from which bus stops
people are getting on the buses from. That information will be collected
and will be used to determine a redistribution of the whole network."
Galea also speaks about the subsidy system for new buses to update Maltas
fleet, explaining that some 100 new buses will be on Maltas roads
by the end of the year and insists that discussions on subsidies for
additional buses, which total a global figure of 508, will begin only
when the first 147 subsidised buses are on the road.
Galea speaks of the possible introduction of smaller buses that would
more easily navigate many of Maltas narrow village streets, a
proposal that holds the promise of delivering a more holistic service
to Malta growing number of public transport users, while also speaking
candidly about past proposals for alternative public transport systems