Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Khuong Sreng said yesterday that bus expressways, that was planned by Phnom Penh City Bus and the government in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency, have been delayed due to the virus pandemic.
Speaking at a press conference, Mr Sreng said when the project is back underway, it will facilitate the daily transportation needs of citizens while reducing traffic congestion.
However, he said, the project is temporarily postponed because both countries have been hit by the impact of COVID-19 [C-19] across multiple sectors.
According to Mr Sreng, the capital currently has 13 public transportation networks and 235 city buses. Before the COVID-19, around 300,000 citizens used public service for transport, a majority of the city’s population.
Mr Sreng said “However, the city bus routes were halted temporarily because of COIVD-19.”
In March, the Phnom Penh Municipal Administration temporarily closed city bus and water-taxi services in order to curb potential infection outbreaks in Phnom Penh.
Mr Sreng stated that city buses will resume normal operations when the Phnom Penh City Bus gets permission from the health minister and committees.
“When buses are operational again, we will improve those services with this project. The aim is for our population to have a convenient way to travel across the city at their disposal. It will also discourage people from taking personal cars and motorbikes, which will improve traffic congestion, benefitting everyone.”
Improving the bus services, he said, will enhance the development of the city overall and will be welcomed by the many citizens who used the services before.