Hydrogen bus to complement ART project

Minister of Transport Sarawak Datuk Lee Kim Shin together with Permanent Secretary Datu Buckland Bangik taking a ride on the hydrogen bus.

Sarawak Metro has been entrusted by SEDC to manage the trial operations of the first hydrogen bus service in Southeast Asia.

Currently the three buses are undergoing trial to collect data in preparation for the state’s future plan to adopt hydrogen-powered feeder buses to complement the ART project by providing the connectivity services to the ART stations.

The data from this trial will be vital for the government to plan for the future of public transportation.

The trial operation service of the hydrogen bus was introduced in January this year. However, it had to stop sometime in March due to the Movement Control Order (MCO).

The trial operation service was resumed in September when the initial Recovery Movement Control Order ended on August 31, 2020.

The current trial operation service is operated on weekdays from Monday to Friday and travelling along the Downtown Heritage Loop; four times a day – at 8am, 10am, 2pm and 5pm daily with departures from Riverside Majestic Hotel bus stop.

The resumption of the trial operation is conducted in accordance with the government’s SOP including conducting temperature scanning of the passengers and adhering to the social distancing requirement.

During the trial, the bus ride is free for the public.

The buses undergo scheduled servicing and necessary inspection and received mandatory approvals from the relevant government agencies such as Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board, Road Transport Department and PUSPAKOM to ensure their reliability and roadworthiness.