MELAKA: The city is going a step greener with the use of environmentally friendly, smart transport following the launch of the Melaka Green Transport Masterplan.

A pilot project, involving the implementation of the Green Bus Network and the Heritage Area Integrated Mobility Plan, was implemented to kick start the masterplan.

Initially set for a month, the project will be extended if it is well- received by the public.

State Works, Transport, Public Facilities, Infrastructure and Flood Management Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said the masterplan would serve as a catalyst to encourage people to use the public transport system more widely.

“Four buses will be provided. One for the tourists in Bandar Hilir, and three others to serve as stage buses for the route between Melaka Sentral and Ujong Pasir.

“There will also be scooters and electric bicycles placed in the parking area at ​​Menara Taming Sari but users cannot ride them outside the area,” he told Bernama after the launch of the masterplan by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali here yesterday.

Also present was the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Charles Hay.

Rahmad said two applications – Just Naik and Tryke – were developed for visitors to take the bus ride, as well as to use the electric bicycles and scooters.