Buses bring economic benefits

By Chan Huan Chiang

September 2010 UTTER ECONOMICS
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The benefits of bus commuting are many, not least of which are economic ones. Opportunity cost analyses on investments in bus transport in Penang show that there is much to be gained socially and economically. A policy that comprehensively rewards investments in buses and bus commuting is needed.IntroductionIt is not customary for Malaysians to see cost and benefit reports for public investments, even though fiscal spending on development projects has gone on for decades under Malaysia’s five-year plans. The issue...

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Chan Huan Chiang

is a senior research fellow at the Penang Institute.