Colombo badly needs middle class public transit. This is a start. This is a Micro bus (which is mad nice) plying from Kadawatha (Kiribathgoda, horror) to Kollupitiya. It’s a comfortable A/C bus, it has bookings, and it says it runs on time. This seems fairly ordinary stuff, but it isn’t. I’ve talked about the need for new buses and the resistance from some entrenched interests before. This is an example of something actually happening.
As in, you can call Malik Mohammed on 0770068693 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and book a seat. If you commute that way. I’ve ridden in one of these modern buses once and it’s amazing. They have TV even and you’re not inhaling exhaust and sweat. And it doesn’t sound like a tractor. And it has regular stops. Oh God, the joy. Micro is a private company, so it goes to show this doesn’t have to be government led. Whatever. As long as sensible public transit happens.