Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) announced on Tuesday that the first double-decker bus has made landfall in the Maldives on Monday.
MPL had revealed earlier that the double-deckers, which can seat 90 people, would be used to commute between capital Male, airport island Hulhule and suburb Hulhumale along the Sinamale Bridge. MPL's 30-seater and 50 to 70-seater buses are also used for this route.
MPL’s CEO Ibrahim Haleem stated that eight of these double-deckers will be utilized and that the proceedings to register the double-decker is currently underway.
“As soon as the bus is registered, we will start providing its service.”
MPL currently uses a total of nine buses, seven of which are used for its passenger line and two coach buses capable of transporting luggage.
CEO Haleem said that a significant amount of people currently use the bus service during peak hours, while a large number of people also use the service during non-peak hours. Furthermore, he expressed hopes that the double-decker bus service will be utilized by the public.
MPL’s target is to use a total of 22 buses for bus transportation on the bridge route, with the number rising up to 35 once public bus transportation commences in Male next year.
MPL currently provides free bus rides on the Male-Hulhule-Hulhumale route until the official commencement of bus commutes across the Sinamale Bridge.
Haleem revealed that bus schedules and ticket prices will be announced once the official commutes begin. He added that once the prices are finalized by the Transport Authority and the President’s Office’s ‘Bridge Committee’, the fee will be imposed by the transportation service provider.