Kampong Speu province will be the second place after Phnom Penh to launch a public bus service after an agreement between the provincial authority and Brickston Cambodia on Wednesday.
Provincial governor Vei Samnang said: “We cannot confirm the specific date because we need to process the documents, and there will be tests using the first 20 buses.”
He said he would try to start the bus service in the next two months.
He added that when this service is working smoothly, he will expand public transport to other roads. The first service will start from provincial towns to Chom Chao roundabout in Phnom Penh.
Mr. Samnang said the service will help citizens avoid traffic accidents, reduce traffic congestion, reduce citizen’s costs and provide more comfort.
Importantly, the service will be free for people with disabilities, people over 60 and students.
“We have not yet set the price of the transport service, but it won’t be more expensive than the cars or other transport that people use every day. The price will be lower than this,” Mr. Vei Samnang said.
He added that this service will extend to roads 41, 51 and 44, to pickup workers or people who need to travel to provincial towns or to the Chom Chao roundabout.
Brickston Cambodia has more than 30 years of experience in transport services in Singapore.
Kampong Speu provincial resident Koy Kanhan, 29, told Khmer Times that she would be happy if the bus service could start soon. However, she was worried about the time taken while traveling by bus, which is usually long.
“People in the province will reduce spending on vehicles, but we have to take longer times than traveling by our car or motorcycle,” she said. “I will test this bus service once it starts.”
Phnom Penh City Hall will add five more public transport bus lines in the city this year.