RapidKL to shift E1 to use Maju Expressway – 1 man’s persistence has paid off

TRANSIT took note of the following update from RapidKL via the NST.

RapidKL changes E1 bus route

2009/05/28

PETALING JAYA: There will be some changes on the E1 bus route of RapidKL (Putrajaya Sentral — Pasar Seni via North-South Highway) starting June 8.

Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd communication general manager, Ebi Azly Abdullah, said that the changes to the route were to reduce the travelling time and to give efficient service to E1 commuters.

“The new E1 route is via the Maju Expressway (MEX) and it will reduce the travelling time to 40 minutes compared to the current travelling time which takes 60 minutes,” he said.

The new route will be as follows:

– Route (to):

Sultan Mohamed Terminal (Pasar Seni) – Jalan Cheng Lock – Jalan Tun Sambanthan (KL Sentral) – Jalan Syed Putra (Mid Valley) – Lebuhraya Timur Barat – Maju Expressway (MEX) – Precinct 9 – Putrajaya Sentral.

– Route (return):

Putrajaya Sentral – Precinct 9 – Maju Expressway (MEX) – Lebuhraya Timur Barat – Jalan Syed Putra (Mid Valley) – Jalan Tun Sambanthan (KL Sentral) – Jalan Cheng Lock – Sultan Mohamed Terminal (Pasar Seni).

The E1 route will operate with a frequency of 20 minutes every day. For details, visit www.rapidkl.com.my or call 03-7625 6999 or e-mail suggest@rapidkl.com.my.

TRANSIT Says:

The change to the route of the E1 express bus is a clear sign that persistence can pay off.

TRANSIT received an email on May 11 from a gentleman who suggested that the E1 route be changed to use the Maju expressway.

My suggestion is very simple, not to use congested road but use smoother road. It seems like they do not want to listen. I attach picture taken to show that how worse the situation is every morning if they use Seremban-KL Highway and time taken to reach office every morning is almost 2 hours. But if they use MEX (Maju Expressway) the time taken is less than 1 hour to reach office.

We just do not understand why RapidKL still insist on using congested road and wasting a lot of sources (money and time).

I hope something can be done on this. We are not rich people and we can’t afford expensive transportation like ERL or driving to reach office everyday.

Please see below email for reference.

Thank you.

The gentleman also appended a half-dozen emails that he had sent to RapidKL asking for updates to his suggestion.

Well, it looks like his efforts have paid off.

TRANSIT did follow up with a letter to RapidKL (appended below)

And we appreciate the efforts of a dedicated and persistent public transport user.

TRANSIT thanks you for your suggestion and your persistence in following up with RapidKL and others involved.

Frankly, we need more people like you who are aware of public transport and persistent in getting the questions asked.

TRANSIT agrees with the concept of making space on expressways (especially the less-congested toll expressways) and roadways for public transport.

We see these roads and expressways as transport corridors and believe that there is a place for public transport in these corridors…but because service is more effective without delays and congestion, we prefer busways over bus lanes.

That is why TRANSIT is working to promote the concept of Bus Rapid Transit and Expressway Rapid Transit in Malaysia especially on the toll expressways. See the attached images of Expressway Rapid Transit, the new MetroBus service from Istanbul, Turkey.

If only our Malaysian Metrobus service could be as appealing.

TRANSIT has also proposed that a new type of Smart TAG (Bus TAG) be offered to buses to reduce waiting time at toll plazas

Once again, thank you for your suggestions and we hope to keep in touch.

Kind Regards,

Moaz Yusuf Ahmad

on behalf of TRANSIT

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