Malta Public Transport carried 49.6 million passengers in 2022, which is an increase of 40% when compared to 2021.
In December 2022, the number of passengers travelling by bus surpassed pre-pandemic numbers for the first time.
“We are pleased to reach this significant milestone by surpassing our record numbers of 2019 for the first time in December,” said Konrad Pulé, General Manager of Malta Public Transport.
“The constant growth in numbers over the past few months is very encouraging and is a clear sign that the confidence and demand for public transport is once again increasing.”
It was revealed that since the launch of the free public transport initiative in October, there were almost 50% more tallinja card passengers when compared to the same period in 2021.
This is an 8% increase over 2019, a record year. This means that the free public transport initiative is succeeding in incentivising even more people to make use of public transport.
New Year’s Eve saw twice the amount of people on its night services when compared to 2019. Night services are included in the free public transport scheme for all tallinja card holders.
For the future, Malta Public Transport will be investing in an additional 25 new electric buses which will be put in service in the coming weeks to increase the frequencies of the bus services.