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Meanwhile in JB, urban buses are moved out of the city centre starting May 1

TRANSIT took note of the following article describing changes to bus service in Johor Baru, with a new “no pick up” order for Jalan Wong Ah Fook, diversion of urban stage buses to Larkin Sentral, and a new free shuttle bus connecting the two areas.

Commuters get short end of stick

(NST JOHOR, 1 May 2014)

JOHOR Baru City Council has come up with a solution to the the problem of traffic congestion in Jalan Wong Ah Fook, which it believes is caused by the long queue of stage buses waiting for passengers.

The council recently announced that effective May 1, all stage buses plying the northwest route, which is basically the Skudai corridor, may only drop off passengers by the road. They will not be allowed to pick up passengers.

Continue reading Meanwhile in JB, urban buses are moved out of the city centre starting May 1

Haphazard halts are a sign of haphazard planning and policy and organization and management….and especially leadership.

TRANSIT took note of this article in the Star Metro which reminded us how much more needs to be done to improve public transport organization and management in the Klang Valley.

Haphazard halts (The Star Metro,  29 April 2014)

MORE often than not, public buses in the Klang Valley can be seen stopping to pick up passengers willy-nilly, be it by the roadside, along a flyover or even at the junction of a busy main road.

The lack of a proper bus stop or lay-by, does not seem to faze the drivers and the practise has been going on for years.

However, their actions not only contribute to traffic congestion but also pose a threat to life and limb as passengers scramble to board the bus on a busy road.

Continue reading Haphazard halts are a sign of haphazard planning and policy and organization and management….and especially leadership.

Pengangkutan Adam Iskandar Malaysia (PAIM) revamps website…feedback welcomed

TRANSIT notes that Pernadanan Pengangkutan Adam Iskandar Malaysia (The Iskandar Malaysia Public Transportation Corporation) has recently updated their website and are asking for public feedback.

http://www.paim.com.my/
Contact Info, Complaints & Feedback page
@PerbadananPAIM on Twitter

While TRANSIT has traditionally focused on the Klang Valley and Penang we are seeing a growing demand for public transport in Johor Baru and the Iskandar Development Region.

More importantly, Perbadanan PAIM is the best example of a Local/Regional Public Transport Organizing Authority that we can find in Malaysia. What makes Perbadanan PAIM interesting is that they focus on administration, organization and planning, rather than providing the services themselves…as can be seem from the list of Bus Operators.

This is much more efficient and effective than the current situation in Penang and the Klang Valley, where government-owned companies RapidKL & RapidPenang are engaged in unhealthy and inefficient competition with private bus companies, and information delivery is limited, discouraging public transport users.

This is also more efficient than the current situation in Melaka, where the state government has decided to buy out private bus operators, or in Putrajaya where Pengangkutan Awam Putrajaya is having trouble getting passengers because it is stuck in Putrajaya (rather than serving as the Regional Public Transport Organizing Authority for the Langat Valley from Hulu Langat-Kajang-Putrajaya-Dengkil-Sepang, as TRANSIT has recommended).

And of course the arrangements used by Pernadanan PAIM are much more efficient than public transport that depends exclusively on private corporations…an approach that has ultimately failed public transport users in cities and regions throughout the country.

So please, take a good look at Perbadanan PAIM and give them your feedback…so a good thing can become better. And as always your comments and suggestions and feedback are welcomed. Please add your thoughts to the comments below.

http://www.paim.com.my/
Contact Info, Complaints & Feedback page
@PerbadananPAIM on Twitter

Proposed feeder bus routes for the Ampang and Kelana Jaya LRT extensions. Comments welcomed!

TRANSIT took note of the following proposed feeder bus routes for the Ampang and Kelana Jaya LRT extensions. All pictures are courtesy of @TWK90.

Proposed bus routes of RapidKL from stations on the LRT extension

Taken from LRT Extension open day in Sunway Pyramid

Ampang line extension

Kelana Jaya line extension

http://i.imgur.com/nhuar.jpg


TRANSIT Says

We would like to thank @TWK90 for the photos. Check back here for comments on the proposed routes.

How do we resolve parking and congestion problems in the city centre? By building better alternatives to driving (Update #1)

The worst cities in the world for parking, according to IBM. Image & data courtesy of IBM.

Our original post:

For 5 years and in fact, many more, the members of TRANSIT have been talking about improving public transportation to bring flexibility to our communities.

We recognize the importance of the car, but unlike others, we recognize that our communities do not have to be totally dependent on the car as our only means of getting around.

That is why we at TRANSIT have continuously called for better, more reliable public transport – buses, trains and LRT – to give the public reliable alternatives.

The problem is that the focus of the government and authorities has been on building more LRT or MRT. Yet they forget that a majority of public transport users get to KL via buses – and the fastest, easiest way to get more people to use public transport is to make buses more reliable, faster, and more efficient.

This would encourage the public to use public transport, rather than attempting to drive into the city – creating unnecessary pressure on our roads, an artificial shortage of parking spaces, and a pointless and wasteful use of precious space in our city centre for the storage of cars.

Parking blues in city centre (NST)
24 February 2012
By Bhavani Krishna Iyer

CONVENIENT and affordable parking is welcome in any city and, in this respect, Kuala Lumpur fails us miserably. Continue reading How do we resolve parking and congestion problems in the city centre? By building better alternatives to driving (Update #1)

Keretapi Sarong on Feb 25th is Malaysia’s lighthearted answer to “No Pants Subway” (Update #1)

  • Update: Check out pictures of Keretapi Sarong here!
  • Read this article about Keretapi Sarong in the NST, here.

And we just had to reproduce these two pictures on our site:

The youngest participant at Keretapi Sarong. Image courtesy of Weiwen On @lipstiq.com
A group photo of participants at Keretapi Sarong. Image courtesy of Weiwen On @lipstiq.com

TRANSIT took note of this interesting article about Keretapi Sarong, an event taking place on February 25th that will be Malaysia’s lighthearted answer to No Pants Subway, a flashmob activity related to public transport.

Keretapi Sarong to chug through (The Star)

Wednesday February 22, 2012
By ONG KAY JEN
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Expect hundreds of people dressed in colourful sarongs to flock to trains in the city on Saturday.

Keretapi Sarong is an event inspired by No Pants Subway, a flashmob which, in 2009, organised 1,200 New Yorkers to ride the subway without wearing pants in a snow storm.

The event is organised by RandomAlphabets (RA), a non-profit organisation that puts together event-based projects in and around Kuala Lumpur.

The Keretapi Sarong poster that can be seen all around Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Image courtesy of The Star.

“Our objective is simply to bring people together and have fun,” said Zain HD, 28, who spearheads RA. Continue reading Keretapi Sarong on Feb 25th is Malaysia’s lighthearted answer to “No Pants Subway” (Update #1)

Additional public transport services for Thaipusam

TRANSIT took note of the following information about additional public transport services for Thaipusam.

KTMB will be adding KTM Komuter train services to Batu Caves station, while RapidKL will be adding additional bus services.

For more information, please click on the links below:

Final draft of Greater KL/KV masterplan now on SPAD website (Update #1 – guess what)

Update: It is interesting to note that this post is TRANSIT’s 888th published post!

TRANSIT notes that the final draft of the Greater Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley masterplan has now been posted to the SPAD website under the section about the National Public Transport Masterplan (which, incidentally, should be posted to the SPAD website in December 2011).

You can find the Greater KL / KV masterplan at this link: http://spad.gov.my/en/projects/pub-trans-master-frame/overview/167.html.

Links to the documents can also be seen after the jump Continue reading Final draft of Greater KL/KV masterplan now on SPAD website (Update #1 – guess what)

First their hands were tied. Now SPAD’s hands are off?

TRANSIT took note of this interesting set of comments from SPAD Chair Syed Hamid Albar, indicating that the Land Public Transport Commission no longer had any role in the MRT project since the railway scheme had been approved by the Minister of Transport.

Aside from this being total hokum, since SPAD does have a responsibility for the regulation of the project, oversight of the construction & ensuring that operations are carried out safely!

And in light of the crash between a train and tanker in Kota Kinabalu on 31 October 2011) (caused by the tanker crossing the railway allowance illegally at an unsafe crossing – an action that occurred because of gross negligence & recklessness), it is clear that SPAD needs to play an important role in maintaining and ensuring railway safety.

Of course SPAD doesn’t have a role in Sabah, since that is the responsibility of the Sabah State Railways, but there are certainly enough problems in Peninsular Malaysia for SPAD’s railways division to deal with.

What disappoints TRANSIT is that SPAD seems to be swinging like a pendulum. One moment they are talking tough about new policies and making sure that permit owners and public transport operators follow the rules. The next moment, they are talking about how their hands are tied and they cannot take ‘extreme’ action.

This “hands off” approach suggests that SPAD is not acting in the public interest because it is not supporting the interests of the public – meaning that its independence and authority are in doubt – not just externally, but internally as well!

‘MRT not SPAD’s concern anymore’ (Free Malaysia Today)
Patrick Lee
November 1, 2011

Chinatown and negotiations over MRT land acquisitions are not SPAD’s problem, but MRT Corp’s, says Syed Hamid Albar.

KUALA LUMPUR: Chinatown and the My Rapid Transit (MRT) are not the Land Public Transport Commission’s (SPAD) problem anymore, its chief said.

SPAD chairman Syed Hamid Albar said that people unhappy with the MRT affecting Jalan Sultan lots needed to take it up with the project’s owners, MRT Corp.

“Whatever discussion (there is) on Jalan Sultan, we’ve completed our job. We’ve taken in the public’s views, now you’ll have to deal with MRT Corp. Continue reading First their hands were tied. Now SPAD’s hands are off?

12 injured in train and tanker collision in Kota Kinabalu (Update #5)

  • Tanker driver in Sabah train crash released on police bail
  • Update: Is there a lawsuit in the works? Ironically, the lawsuit would be filed against the Sabah State Railways!
  • Update: More information on the investigation into the train crash!
  • Update: Was the collision between a train and tanker an accident waiting to happen??? Who will be held responsible?
  • Updated with additional articles, pictures and videos!
  • Updated with video!

TRANSIT took note of a scary and some might say hellish event that took place in Kota Kinabalu on 31 October – a fiery crash between a train and fully-laden petrol tanker. Continue reading 12 injured in train and tanker collision in Kota Kinabalu (Update #5)