As from this Sunday public transport buses will start serving localities not served previously. The service will cover an additional 2.5 million kilometres per year. There will be specific routes to Mater Dei hospital and the University, and 12 of these routes will also serve St Luke’s hospital.
Transport Malta said in a statement that 19 new routes were being introduced, and 30 routes will undergo changes. These changes will take in new zones and shorter routes to enable destinations to be reached in a shorter time. Frequencies will also be increased.
The statement explained that the terminus for Mater Dei routes will be located near the University, and routes will start from there. Passengers will be able to take a bus from Mater Dei to the University, and will then take a bus from the University to their destination. This arrangement will help to reduce accidents and traffic congestion near Mater Dei hospital.
These changes are being implemented during a holiday period, when the number of passengers using public transport is reduced. In this way passengers will have more time to adapt to the changes. As is customary every year, during this period public transport works to a different schedule, and there may be changes to some routes. Malta Public Transport is urging the public to consult the route booklet distributed to households.
The new routes are being implemented as part of a project for improvement of public transport routes. The routes have been planned by Transport Malta after a consultation period during which more than 3,500 proposals have been considered.