Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Free Central Area Transit

Hop On Free Central Area Transit (CAT)

Wonder whether we can get a free bus trip nowaday?

MPPP Rapid Penang CAT(Central Area Transit) is a free shuttle bus service that ply the streets of George Town. It was launched on Friday, 23 January, 2009. MPPP or Majlis Perbadanan Pulau Pinang is Penang's Town Council. Rapid Penang is a private bus company. The collaboration between the local council and bus company for the benefits of local tourism.

There are a total of 19 stops which will take you from Weld Quay, near the Penang Ferry Termninal, to Penang Road. Covering the core and buffer zones of George Town Unesco World Heritage Site. The Hop On Free Central Area Transit (CAT) ply the route between Weld Quay Jetty and Komtar on 15-minute intervals from 6am-12 midnight.

Please visit website, and use their excellent Hop On Free Central Area Transit buses and discover George Town, Penang, at your leisure.

The Free Central Area Transit has 3 fully air-conditioned buses with the words

* Hop On Free painted on the front
* City Hop On and Central Area Transit painted on the sides

The Hop On Free Central Area Transit shuttle bus starts at Weld Quay (Bus Stop #1). It then goes along these roads

* Chulia Street Ghaut
* Victoria Street
* China Street Ghaut
* Beach Street or Lebuh Pantai
* Light Street
* Pitt Street or Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling
* Farquhar Street
* Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah or Northam Road
* Penang Road
* Prangin Road
* Jalan Ria
* Magazine Road
* Penang Road
* Burmah Road
* Transfer Road
* Hutton Lane
* Penang Road
* Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong
* Carnarvon Street
* Jalan Kampung Kaka
* Jalan Kampung Kolam
* Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling
* Farquhar Street
* Light Street
* Beach Street
* Downing Street

Route, Bus Stops and Penang Tourist Attractions

Do take advantage of this service and try to see all the sights in George Town, Penang, during your stay here.

1. Weld Quay(or Pengkalan Weld)- There are two bus stops here, include the main bus station at Weld Quay or Pengkalan Weld in Malay. Marked Bus Stop No.1(near Port Swettenham)

1. Port Swettenham, stop at bus stop No1, walk eastward
2. Old post office at Downing Street
3. Chulia Street Pier, can also stop at the main bus station or bus stop NO2

2. Ferry Bus Terminal - Still at Weld Quay(near Ferry terminal).

1. Pengkalan Tun Raja Uda, Weld Quay - take a ferry ride to Butterworth
2. Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, China Street Ghaut
3. Wisma Kastam,China Street Ghaut
4. Clan Jetty, Stop at bus stop no 2, and walk westward

3. OCBC, Beach Street
1. Pinang Peranakan Mansion
2. Chung Keng Kwee Ancestral Temple
3. Penang Heritage Trust
4. San Wooi Wooi Koon
5. Old OCBC Building
6. 1886 Building
7. Kongsoon House
8. Ghee Hiang, Beach Street; just opposite the bus stop No 3

4. Standard Chartered, Beach Street
1. Standard Chartered Building, Beach Street
2. HSBC Building, Beach Street
3. Royal Bank of Scotland (formerly ABN Amro Bank), Beach Street
4. Logan's Building, Beach Street
5. Whiteways Building, Beach Street
6. Immigration office, Beach Street
7. Immigration office, Beach Street
8. Police station, Beach Street

5. Light Street, just opposite Dewan Sri Pinang, in front of Great Eastern Building
1. Town Hall
2. City Hall
3. Fort Cornwallis (inc. Francis Light Statue and Lighthouse)
4. Cenotaph
5. Dewan Sri Pinang

6. Penang Museum, Light Street
1. Penang Museum
2. St George's Anglican Church (inc. Francis Light's Memorial)
3. Church of the Assumption
4. Supreme Court
5. Logan Memorial
6. Convent Light Street
7. St Xavier's Institution
8. Walk at Love Lane

7. St Francis Xavier Church, Penang Road - Recommend to walk to the Northam Road Christian Cemetry, to explore the burial ground of Penang colonial pioneers, inlcuding the tombs of Capt Francis Light; and walk along the Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah near Upper Penang Road, E&O Hotel, Garage; turn right to Leith Strret to visit Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion & Leong Fee Mansion. Other destination are optional.

1. St Francis Xavier Church, Penang Road
2. Francis Light's Tomb, Northam Road(now Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah)
3. Segara Ninda
4. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Leith Street
5. Bengalli Mosque,Leith Street
6. Leong Fee Mansion, Leith Street(just opposite Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion)

8. Kampung Malabar, Penang Road
1. Benggali Mosque, Leith Street
2. Chowrasta Market, Penang Road
3. Penang Bazaar, Penang Road
4. Bihari Hindu Temple, Penang Road(just opposite the bus stop)
5. Walk along Campbell Street

9. Komtar,Jalan Ria - A shopping stop, take a rest at any of the food outlet
1. Komtar
2. Prangin Mall
3. Pacific Komtar
4. Penang Road Teochew Chendol

10. Ong Kongsi, Penang Road
1. Ong Kongsi
2. Komtar
3. Masjid Jamek Simpang Enam
4. Gama
5. Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Macalister Road
6. St Paul Anglican Church, Macalister Road
7. Kek Seng Coffee Shop, Penang Road(try the homemade durian ice cream or durian ice kacang)

11. Transfer Road
1. Masjid Titi Papan
2. Dato Koyah Shrine
3. Saw Khaw Lean Heah Kongsi, Burmah Road
4. Penang Khek Association, Burmah Road( visit the Hakka museum)
5. Kuan Yin Temple, Burmah Road(if you visit on 9th month Chinese lunar calendar)
6. Bengali Roti shops along Transfer Road

12. Chowrasta Market, Penang Road
1. Penang Bazaar
2. Penang Road Cendol(if you did not visit at Bus Stop No 9, this is 2nd chance)

13. Prangin Road(Now Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong)
1. Prangin Mall
2. Masjid Pintal Tali
3. Ghee Hin Hall of Heroes, Jalan Pintal Tali(Rope Walk)
4. Prangin Canal
5. Sia Boey
6. Soo Beng Dispensary, Carnarvon Street(the clinic of former Chief Minister Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu and his father Dr Lim Chwee Leong, the road is named after him.
7. Walk along the Carnarvon Street , the coffin street, and stop for Penang food at some of the coffee shops.

14. Carnarvon Street
1. Li Teik Seah Building, Carnarvon Street
2. Penang Tourism Information Centre
3. Penang Islamic Museum
4. Sun Yat Sen Penang Base
5. Campbell Street Market

15. Kampung Kolam
1. Kapitan Keling Mosque
Noordin Family Tomb
2. Khoo Kongsi
3. Cheah Kongsi
4. Lim Kongsi
5. Yap Kongsi
6. Choo Chay Keong Temple
7. Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple
8. Acheen Street Mosque
9. Gudang Acheh

16. St George's Church, Farquhar Street
1. St George's Church
2. Kuan Yin Teng, Pitt Street(now Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling)
3. Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Queen Street
4. Supreme Court
5. Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Pitt Street(now Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling)
6. Bank Negara Malaysia
7. Little India

17. Dewan Sri Pinang, Light Street
1. Dewan Sri Pinang
2. Town Hall
3. City Hall
4. Supreme Court
5. Logan Memorial
6. Cenotaph
7. Fort Cornwalli(including Francis Light Statue and Lighthouse)
8. The Explanade

18. Padang Kota Lama
1. State Assembly Building
2. House of Yeap Chor Ee
3. Foo Tye Sin Mansion, now Hong Leong Bank Building
4. Fort Cornwallis (including Francis Light Statue and Lighthouse)

19. Downing Street
1. General Post Office
2. Islamic Council Building
3. HSBC Building
4. Standard Chartered Building

The Central Area Transit free bus service is to facilitate the tour of the heritage city of George Town. Remember you need to walk out of the bus stop to explore the area around the bus stops. A walking tour is the best way to visit Penang old city; not only walking, eating street food and exploring their taste is another challenging experience in the tour; talking to the Penang people in the old city, enjoy the friendly conversation and enjoy the slang of the Penang lang lah....

Selamat Berjalan(Happy Walking)....Hop & Walk....

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