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Phuket consortium to launch bus service as ‘New Year’s gift’

PHUKET: The Phuket City Development Co Ltd (PKCD) is looking to offer Phuket a New Year’s gift to usher in 2018 with the launch of the island’s first route of a fledgling island-wide bus service.

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Chutharat Plerin

Thursday 1 June 2017, 05:04PM


The consortium, which revealed its intention to bring a genuine bus service to Phuket last November (see story here), announced the news on Tuesday (May 30).

The “Phuket Smart Bus” project time will require B55 million investment to launch with 10 buses, Dr Phadet Jinda, one of the company’s co-founders said.

“All 10 buses will be ready by October,” Dr Phadet assured.

“Our goal for Phase II is to be fully operational with all 10 units (providing bus services) in January 2018 as the gift for Phuket people,” he said.

The air-conditioned, low-emission “Smart” buses will feature free WiFi, GPS tracking, CCTV, digital route information and signage, and entertainment TV screens. They will also provide spacious luggage compartment to cater to tourists and feature wheel chair ramps to allow easy access.

The B55mn system will also account for E-Ticketing, fleet-management software and a bus control and service centre.

“Our objective is to respond to Phuket people’s demand to reduce traffic jams and accidents on the road, to increase the economic value of real estate along the routes and to provide routes connected to other forms of transportation (sea, land, air),” Dr Phadet explained.

An phone app will be launched to provide information about the bus services available, and which will provide a platform to learn about associated businesses and services in Phuket, such as hotels and tours.

The PKCD was formed by a group of Phuket business people in September last year with the goal of bringing progressive infrastructural developments to the island by working to support government mega-projects.

To raise the funds needed to achieve such lofty goals, the PKCD holding company is to be listed* on the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

 

* Not already listed on the Thai Stock Exchange, as originally reported. The misunderstanding is regretted.

 

 

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Kurt | 03 June 2017 - 15:48:24

Early this morning I brought my car for service to Toyota.( at the end of The By Pass road).
Now, in Chalong, I try to flag down taxis with there red 'FREE' sign on.
3 Taxis passed by already, not stopped, racing back to Phuket airport.
They are actually passing by the Toyota garage at By Pass on their way back to airport.
Why are they not obligated to stop and drive me when their red FREE sign is on.
Anyone can tell me why Phuket taxis have that red 'FREE' sign? For what?

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Kurt | 03 June 2017 - 15:32:48

Reading about this ARTICLE OF INTEND ( no more, no less):
In what way this private initiative by working to support government mega projects?
Are we thinking here about all the underpasses, the Patong tunnel, the light rail ideas?

Anyway, the face saving escape is in what is mentioned about raise money at the Stock exchange of Thailand.
With the well known powerful transport mafia on Phuket island I doubt or thai people will give the Stock Exchange 1 though about fund raising.

Doubts as long the transport pirates rules the Phuket road waves.  hahaha.

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Kurt | 03 June 2017 - 15:08:04

Talking about public transport.
I always see 5-6 dirty pink busses parked behind Big C in Phuket Town.
Drivers and conductors sleeping on the passenger benches.
The pink busses are dirty, never washed, cleaned.

Right this very moment you can go there and see it yourself.

Why are working pink bus drivers/conductors sleeping on their busses instead of driving/cleaning/washing busses?
We not talk here about lunch breaks.
Staff can have lunch/rest breaks, busses not ( in a normal country).
Guess management of the pink busses should be X-rayed on competence.
Not enough work for pink busses?, than start to serve a larger area with them..
The absence of pro-activeness is screaming.

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Kurt | 03 June 2017 - 15:01:27

The absence of normal public transportation on Phuket is a picture of ever going on incompetence of Phuket authorities.
Initiating, setting up a public transport system asks knowledge, competence, investments, skills and hard work for years to come.
There is no Phuket Official I can trap on mentioned skills, or being able.  Anyone does?

Why are there no Phuket Officials bringing 'progressive', actually over due, infrastructural projects to Phuket island?
Is it just because of the ruling Phuket transport mafia they are scared off?

Is it not the duty, obligation of Government Officials to provide the normal things of life, like public transportation?

Very few thai people on Phuket respect or take the Phuket Officials and RTP serious.
We hear them saying that daily. 
The thai people just accept it as 'nothing will ever change on Phuket'.
That is very sad, for the thai people.

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Jor12 | 03 June 2017 - 11:24:39

Gotta laugh at PN commentators. They moan when there is an alleged lack of public transport (or anything else for that matter), and still moan when one is introduced.

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Pauly44 | 02 June 2017 - 19:20:17

Well woopdidoo, a "gift" for the people of Phuket, in majority of developed forward thinking countries it's a simple basic public service, not so Phuket as it's not agreeable for the transport mafia association, and they want more tourists, what a joke!

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BenPendejo | 02 June 2017 - 13:55:07

This place is hopeless...stupid project after stupid project...and this is really stupid, and will do absolutely nothing for "Phuket people" (whatever those are).  The taxi mafia has to be loving this nonsense as they will be set to continue holding Phuket's public transportation system hostage.

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Kurt | 02 June 2017 - 13:17:45

@ Tak: Understand your disappointment about bus routing.
However, on Phuket the transport mafia runs the Phuket west coast.
Moreover, it will be difficult to find bus drivers who are willing to drive these busses along Phuket West Coast.

Many years ago they tried that. The drivers were threaten to be killed if they not stopped driving the west coast.
The Phuket Government and RTP  did do NOTHING to back up that bus company and her drivers.
It was a simple victory for the Phuket transport mafia. They set their territory.

You will not find a single Phuket Government official who dares to initiate even a suggestion/talk about public transport along west coast Phuket.
Such is life threatening.

And don't forget: There is no 'Phuket thinking' about providing something cheap and reliable to tourist.
Tourists are 'rich', Phuket everything focus is about getting the tourist money only.

That is what all these 'quality tourist' talk is about as well on Phuket island.
Tricking quality tourists  ( they have more money), but not provide any quality holiday convinience to them. ( like the quality tourist experience in Singapore and Bangkok)
It is all about money only on Phuket, take-take-take.

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Tak | 01 June 2017 - 21:34:16

Ha ha ha what a joke.
The bus is not going to any of the tourist places
such as Kamala, Patong, Karon, Rawai, surin etc.

That is not solving any problems in regards to have
cheap and reliable public transportation for tourists.

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