Malta Public Transport: Where Does It Succeed & How Can It Improve?

Transport Development

When we look back at earlier years, Malta’s transportation system has gone through major advancements. These developments have been done with the main aim of becoming more efficient & dependable.

However, like any other transportation system, it can run into issues & draw criticism from the general public. These problems end up overshadowing the changes & making people not want to use public transport.

So let’s discuss where our current public transport succeeds & where it can improve.

The Positives

Route Coverage: The wide range of routes across the Maltese Islands means people can travel to almost every part of Malta & Gozo.

Early, Late, & Night Routes: Most buses start as early as 05:30am & stop running as late as 11:00pm. After that, people can travel to St Julian’s using the N13 Night Route, which runs till 01:30am on weekdays & 02:10am during weekends.

Free Tallinja Service: Since October 2022, all Tallinja card holders have benefitted from free bus services across the Maltese Islands. At any given time, people can travel for free.

The Negatives

Unreliable: Common complaints of delays & unpredictable schedules, as many travellers struggle to arrive at their destinations on time.

Overcrowded: Bus crowding during rush hours & busy tourist times can make travelling challenging & sometimes even unsafe.

Technical Issues: Some buses need repairs, replacements or modifications because of frequent issues like AC Water dripping onto the seats & faulty doors.   

Bus Stop Shelters: The lack of seating & shelter at some stops decreases accessibility.

Suggested Improvements

Route Analysis: Analyse routes at the start of summer & winter periods so that they can be revised & changed. Example, if a route at a specific time is every 30 minutes & it’s always full, then it could be reduced to 20 minutes.

Ferry Services: Encouraging people to use the ferry services for the 3 cities & Sliema-Valletta can reduce the amount of cars on the road to travel to these locations.

Infrastructure For Cycling: The local community has been pleading for proper investment in a safer & larger infrastructure for riding, which would encourage cycling as an alternative.

A Brighter Future

The public transportation network needs to be enhanced & expanded so it can offer a practical & dependable alternative to private vehicles.

Malta has 1,500 cars for every 1,000 drivers (NSO). When we rely on only 1 mode of transportation, it ends up being overused & overwhelmed. So we need to invest in alternative modes of transportation.

Encouraging the use of ride-sharing services & carpooling will cut down on the number of individual vehicles on the road. The less vehicles on the road, the less traffic there will be, especially during rush hours.

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