Photo shows the 5 major buses in Penang in their respective liveries that I best remember (from the 1970s). Each of them covered specific regions of the island, with some overlapping areas.
Operating from the terminal “base stations” alongside the infamous smelly Prangin Canal were the venerable trio :-
- Lim Seng Seng : Ayer Itam, Dato Keramat
- Hin Company : Tanjung Bungah, Tanjung Tokong
- Penang Yellow Bus : Bayan Lepas, Balik Pulau
Sri Negara was a latecomer, plying routes like Western Road, Bagan Jermal, etc. Lastly, the somewhat rickety City Council buses which ran a number of routes within and, to the outskirts of the city.
These Transporters were not the most comfortable, but they did a pretty decent job of Moving People and Enhancing Lives*, at truly affordable prices.
note : * pun on Singapore’s SMRT slogan