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Phuket’s ‘Smart Bus’ service rolls into action

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PHUKET:-- The Phuket Smart Bus started rolling from Phuket International Airport on Sunday (April 1), marking the end of the service’s extended trial period and becoming the first public bus service in action along the island’s west coast.

 

The service is operated by Phuket Smart Bus Co Ltd (PKSB), an affiliate of the Phuket City Development Group of companies (PKCD).

 

Formed in 2016 by a consortium of 25 investors, driven by key people from prominent Phuket business families, PKCD at its launch vowed to bring a “Singapore-style” network of buses to Phuket within five years.

 

Full Story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-smart-bus-service-rolls-into-action-66631.php#FYljj1hAIiWMrhrr.97

 
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Let's count the hours long this lasts before busses get burned to the ground, or an angry mob of taxi drivers stop this service.

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22 minutes ago, the guest said:

Let's count the hours long this lasts before busses get burned to the ground, or an angry mob of taxi drivers stop this service.

Yes, a bit of optimism would be too much to ask.

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Let's count the hours long this lasts before busses get burned to the ground, or an angry mob of taxi drivers stop this service.
This happened in the late 90's. Why does it still come up today?
Phuket has progressed since then amd if you read the article properly you'll read that 25 investors from influential Phuket families are involved in this and have a vision.

Once powerful people get involved. Taxi drivers won't dare try.

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1 hour ago, sebastion said:

This happened in the late 90's. Why does it still come up today?
Phuket has progressed since then amd if you read the article properly you'll read that 25 investors from influential Phuket families are involved in this and have a vision.

Once powerful people get involved. Taxi drivers won't dare try.

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"Phuket has progressed since then" - really????  I don't think so.

 

"you'll read that 25 investors from influential Phuket families are involved" - these are the same people that screwed western tourists for transport for decades.  Right????

 

Now that they are losing money, they want to throw a few crumbs to western tourists in the hope they return to Phuket.

 

It's going to take a lot more than a few of these buses to lure that segment of the market back. 

 

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3 hours ago, the guest said:

Let's count the hours long this lasts before busses get burned to the ground, or an angry mob of taxi drivers stop this service.

Lets count the seconds before someone mentions an event that happened nearly 20 years ago.

 

Progress, eh- with thinking like yours we'd still be hitting women over the head and dragging them home. Oh, hang on forget I mentioned that bit ........................................... :ph34r:

 

I'd be willing to guess that 'The Guest' is another who does not reside in Phuket but knows all about life here. Crack on!

 

Edit: I see 'Mr Baht Bus' has posted above but really can't be bothered to open his post and see yet another negative response.

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The bus is not allowed to  "station" at the airport, which  makes it difficult to  collect pax.

The proposed  stop locations are not pax friendly and the route  is going to be  very time consuming. Growing pains, yes, but I expect that the tuk tuk mob of Paton/Karon are going to make it an unpleasant experience charging inflated fares totake   pax from the bus to their hotels. I have a hunch we'll see 400 baht  fares.

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"Phuket has progressed since then" - really????  I don't think so.
 
"you'll read that 25 investors from influential Phuket families are involved" - these are the same people that screwed western tourists for transport for decades.  Right????
 
Now that they are losing money, they want to throw a few crumbs to western tourists in the hope they return to Phuket.
 
It's going to take a lot more than a few of these buses to lure that segment of the market back. 
 
How do know its the same influential people that run the taxi/tuk tuk cartel?
Why would they rally against their own monopoly?
Please show me something to prove your accusation because i don't think you thought out what you're claiming, as usual.

If you actually clicked the link at the end of the original post you'll see that the airport parking for the bus is being problematic right now so your claims it being the same people are busted.

The people behind the bus have good intentions. They want Phuket to prosper and put their money on the line to make it happen.

You hope this fails so you can come on here and be Mr i told you so.

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6 hours ago, geriatrickid said:

The bus is not allowed to  "station" at the airport, which  makes it difficult to  collect pax.

The proposed  stop locations are not pax friendly and the route  is going to be  very time consuming. Growing pains, yes, but I expect that the tuk tuk mob of Paton/Karon are going to make it an unpleasant experience charging inflated fares totake   pax from the bus to their hotels. I have a hunch we'll see 400 baht  fares.

Wow. To criticize stop locations like Jungcylon, Patong Beach Police Box, Kamala Big C, Airport.....you must have a special kind of sun glasses. 

 

Same with the route. E.g. Patong-Surin-Airport is on many parts of the day faster then Patong-Town-Airport.

And yes i know what i'm talking because i drive this routes 4-5times per week.

 

Stops and routes making absolute sense.

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However, Mr Watchara admitted, “The bus stops are not convenient yet because we can only pick up or drop off passengers, then the bus has to leave after a very short waiting time. This is not flexible enough for people who want to use the Smart Bus.
 

I don't quite understand this. Doesn't that happen at bus stops all over the world? 

 

Unless he's talking about the airport, in which case it would be useful to have a proper waiting point. It seems like they haven't even got any proper bus stops allocated there yet.

 

I also wonder (wearing my Blakey hat here!) where the buses reside when not in use. It's not exactly convenient if they have to return to the Homeworks car park every evening. Looking at the map there are currently four buses operating on the route, three parked at Homeworks and two off-route. Perhaps the drivers take the buses home at night!

 

It's early days and I still look at this project with some optimism. One day I might even give it a try!

 

 

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I have been waiting for this service to happen for 3.5 years, so I hope it is true.

 

My only concern is that it was launched on April 1st???

 

Hmmmm!!!!!

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Some suggestions for the Smart Bus operator to make the service much more accessible to target users:

1. Establish stops at 1km intervals in each of the beach towns so that users do not have to walk a long distance or take another mode of transport to and from the bus stops.

2. Erect proper bus stops at each stopping place, and use existing shelters now occupied by tuk-tuk drivers. Prohibit parking and display service information (route, timetable, faretable, how to locate buses on the app.) in several languages)

3. Accept cash payment for the 6-month start-up period: the THB500 per person initial charge to board the bus is a big deterrent.  Short stay tourists, especially families, will not be willing to invest so much in local travel.

4. As there are still no bus stops, tourists need help in recognising the bus as it approaches. The current bus livery is anonymous – they look like contract tour buses. The destination display just says ‘Smart Bus’ – not helpful. The main stopping places should be displayed. The front of the bus needs a bright, distinctive paint job. Even the current songtael operators know this!

5. The route is too long causing low frequency and unreliability. The section between Kata and Rawai has severe gradients, higher risk of accidents, and will not generate enough passengers to justify the extra distance and fuel consumption. Cut the route at Kata.

6. The core demand for the route will be the mid-section between Kamala - Patong- Karon- Kata. Operate this as a separate shuttle service on a regular 15-minute headway until at least 11.00 pm, with a flat cash fare.

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10 hours ago, NamKangMan said:

 

"Phuket has progressed since then" - really????  I don't think so.

 

"you'll read that 25 investors from influential Phuket families are involved" - these are the same people that screwed western tourists for transport for decades.  Right????

 

Now that they are losing money, they want to throw a few crumbs to western tourists in the hope they return to Phuket.

 

It's going to take a lot more than a few of these buses to lure that segment of the market back. 

 

"Losing money" , who is losing money ?

And what business that is losing money decides to go into throw crumbs instead of picking them up ?

What about you have a visit and take a look?

I hope this service expands exponentially !

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BTW - is the direct Yellow Airport Bus still running ?

Info is where ?

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1 hour ago, Nurseynutcase said:

I have been waiting for this service to happen for 3.5 years, so I hope it is true.

 

My only concern is that it was launched on April 1st???

 

Hmmmm!!!!!

 

Relaunch 1st April. Initial launch was about 1 March 2018

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