Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng yesterday received 80 public buses from Japan during the inauguration of a bus terminal in Prek Taroth village in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva district.
Mr Sreng said at the event that Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia Horinouchi Hidehisa handed over 80 city buses as part of Japan’s aid grant to City Hall.
“This supports our public transportation infrastructure, especially through city buses, in order to provide better services to our people,” Mr Sreng said.
He called on the Phnom Penh Autonomous Bus Transportation Authority to take care of all city buses as well as the bus depot by using all resources appropriately.
Ean Sokhim, director of the Autonomous Bus Transportation Authority, yesterday said that the city currently operates 235 public buses and 13 routes.
“Our citizens have started to support city buses for daily use, and there are between 26,000 and 30,000 people who use the city bus per day,” Mr Sokhim said.
He noted that public transportation is a convenient option for citizens, especially as it helps to reduce traffic jam, accidents and pollution in the city, as well as addressing poverty in line with government policy through providing public transportation services that are affordable, safe and comfortable.
Mr Hidehisa said that public transportation benefits the city and urged citizens to make use of city buses to help reduce traffic jam.
The bus fare is set at 1,500 riel per person, except monks, senior citizens, person with disabilities, workers, students and children under one metre in height, who ride for free.