Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) has launched the Raajje Transport Link (RTL) service, facilitating bus services to Hulhumale' Phase II every 15 minutes.
MTCC's bus services have been expanded, with 15 new buses brought to the Maldives, last May added to its fleet. The buses were brought to official operation on Wednesday night.
With the new buses, the number of buses being used in the Greater Male' Area has increased to 46. These include 23 double-decker buses, city buses, and coaches.
The new bus services were officially launched by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at a ceremony held on Wednesday night.
Speaking at a ceremony held at Hulhumale' Phase II, MTCC's Managing Director Adam Azim said the new buses would improve the quality of bus services in the Greater Male' Area and in the atolls in the coming days.
Some of the new buses will be sent to Laamu atoll and Fuvahmulah City sometime next month. Azim said that once the buses are in operation at these locations, positive changes will be seen in the services provided. He also said minibus services would be introduced in Male' City next month, and arrangements will be facilitated to pay for public transport using cash cards and mobile phones before the end of the year.
With the addition of new buses, MTCC has added new bus routes in the Male' City area. While six routes have been operated until now, two additional routes have now been added. With the launch of the new bus service, direct services have now been introduced from Hulhumale' Phase II to three destinations. They are Velana International Airport, Male' Carnival Area, and Westpark bus stop. With these changes, buses will operate every 10 to 15 minutes on all routes, MTCC said.