Free Sunway Community Shuttle Bus service launched 1 April 2009

TRANSIT has learned that the Sunway Group has launched a free community shuttle bus service serving the PJS9 and PJS11 (Bandar Sunway) Communities. You can see more information here.

According to the website, the shuttle service begins daily at 7.00am while the final bus operates at 9.30pm. As you can see from the image below, the service links many of the busy places in Sunway.

Pick up / Drop Off Zones:

  1. Pyramid Hotel
  2. Resort Hotel
  3. Pyramid Lion Head
  4. Theme Park Entrance
  5. Sunway University Side Gate
  6. Monash Univesity
  7. Sun -U Residence
  8. Medical Centre
  9. Menara Sunway

TRANSIT says:

The free shuttle bus service is a phenomenon that shows up occasionally in Malaysia. Well-known examples of the service  include:

  • The One Card Express linking Kelana Jaya LRT station and parts of Bandar Utama to 1 Utama
  • Image and Schedule for the One Card Express
    Image and Schedule for the One Card Express
  • The shuttle bus link between Kelana Jaya LRT station and the Ikano Power Centre (we are providing a 3rd party link because we cannot find the info at the IKANO website).
IKANO powercentre shuttle bus - image courtesy of Malaysiavacationguide.com
IKANO powercentre shuttle bus - image courtesy of Malaysiavacationguide.com

These services are often provided as a basic frill, by a corporation or local government that wants to show a commitment to public transport and the community.

Unfortunately these services are usually “one-off” and not properly linked in planning and operations to the broader public transport network.

Because these services exist in isolation, they are at the mercy of cost-cutting efforts and are easily sacrificed.

So while we commend Sunway for making the effort, we wish to say that without a serious and holistic effort, including more buses and better links to public transport, these shuttle buses are really a nice effort but not the real solution that we need.

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