Updates #35

Updates #35

1) Letter: Install seat belts in all buses (NST) -self explanatory

2) Article: Scomi sends first Mumbai Monorail car to India (the Star) – The first monorail car for the Mumbai Monorail project left its manufacturing facility in Malaysia for India last Saturday.

Scomi Engineering Bhd and its consortium partner Larsen & Toubro had secured the RM1.846bil Mumbai Monorail project in November 2008 and were given 30 months to complete the first monorail project in India, in which Scomi had to deliver 60 cars for 15 sets of four-car trains.

3) Article: KTMB 50pc discount cards for students (NST / Bernama) – Students aged 13 years and above now receive 50% discounts for intercity travel.

4) Article: Sunway residents: Give us bus rapid transit system instead (Streets / NST) ; Article: Need for LRT in township (The Star Metro) – Sunway residents argue that their town needs a rapid transit system – LRT or Bus Rapid Transit (perferably elevated, it seems).

5) City&Country: Cover Story– LRT boost for real estate (The Edge) – an older article about the benefits and costs of LRT construction from the view of the property sector.

6) KL to have dedicated bus lanes from 2011 (The Star) – As part of the NKRA public transport proposal, Bus Expressway Transit and Bus Rapid Transit will be built in the Klang Valley, as well as an expanded system of bus lanes.

7) Article: Prasarana: LRT noise level permissible (Malay Mail) – Comments from Prasarana indicating that their trains operate at 75 dB, however Ministry of the Environment regulations are 60 decibel A from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and 50 decibel A from 7:00 pm – 10:00 am. Apparently the different decibel types refer to different types of noise.

[TRANSIT: Look for a detailed posting on the above, soon]

8) Letter: KTM too should improve service (the Star) – Soo Chi Xuan writes about the need for improvements to KTM Komuter service.

9) Letter: PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Double trouble in double-deckers? (Malay Mail) – Perennial letter writer Lau Bing comments on the safety perception of double deck buses on Malaysian expressways.

10) Article: Taxi drivers and owners should have KPIs: Rais (Malay Mail) – Minister of Arts, Communication and Culture Dr. Rais Yatim (who is also an advisor to the Malaysian Taxi Drivers and Taxi-Limousine and Hired Car Operators Association – Petekma) says that a KPI system is necessary to see improvements in service.

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