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Prasarana deals with neighbours affected by KL Monorail extension project

TRANSIT took note of the following interesting article, which describes Prasarana refusing to pay compensation to the residents of the Tong Weng Mansion in Brickfields, while agreeing to pay compensation to two other site owners in the area.

The compensation requests are in relation to the KL Monorail expansion project, which will extend the KL Monorail from the Tun Sambanthan station down to MidValley and to Old Klang Road on the other side of the Federal Highway.

Interestingly enough, all three compensation requests are in relation to properties that are illegally occupying government land – a situation that seems to occur more frequently than one might expect.

Prasarana rejects appeal for funds (Star-Metro Central)

Monday February 27, 2012

SYARIKAT Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) has rejected an appeal for compensation from residents of Tong Weng Mansion in Brickfields.

The residents had appealed for compensation after a badminton court was fenced off for a monorail extension project.

The residents also used the badminton court, which was on government land, as an area for activities such as gatherings and funeral services.

Residents’ association chairman G.S. Maniam said Prasarana had only paid compensation to two temples that had also illegally occupied government land.

“We know it is not our land but we would like some compensation as the money could be used to build a wall between the project site and the mansion,’’ said Maniam.

So close: The project site, behind the blue hoarding, is located directly behind the apartment building. Image courtesy of The Star.

Continue reading Prasarana deals with neighbours affected by KL Monorail extension project


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)

Brickfields bus & taxi lane shut down after two months because of Government flip-flopping or just bad planning? (Update #2)

Updated with additional articles!

TRANSIT took note of this interesting and disappointing news about the Brickfields – Jalan Tun Sambanthan bus lane, shut down by the government beginning February 6th, after only 2 months in operation.

The big question from TRANSIT is WHY? What are the reasons why the government chose to back down on the plan for the bus lane, and is this a reflection of a government that listens to public protests, or just poor planning, bad policy, or a weak government?

And more importantly, this really raises questions about strength of the government’s commitment to improving public transport – especially in light of the fact that bus lanes in KL are simply not working right now.

So what are we going to do?


Brickfields bus lane abandoned after two months (The Star)
Thursday February 2, 2012

THE indecisive nature of the authorities about the traffic situation in Brickfields have once again caused unhappiness among residents there.

Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin announced on Tuesday that the contra-flow bus and taxi lane would now be aborted and buses would once again ply Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad.
Continue reading Brickfields bus & taxi lane shut down after two months because of Government flip-flopping or just bad planning? (Update #2)

Brickfields on ‘collision course’ because of the new bus & taxi lane?

On December 3rd, 2001, buses & taxis leaving KL on the southbound route through Brickfields began using the contra-flow bus & taxi lane on Jalan Tun Sambanthan.

The bus & taxi lane was actually supposed to begin operations on 20th August 2011 but the start was delayed because of objections from business owners in the area who complained that not having car-parks in front of their shops would somehow cause them to lose business.

Now that operations along the bus & taxi lane have started, business owners are actively protesting.

In addition, there is a lot of confusion over what is happening in the area. While the NST claimed that things were going smoothly for buses & taxis, The Star reported traffic chaos. There have been a number of collisions between motorists and, even more disturbing, a number of collisions between pedestrians and buses! A RapidKL bus driver has been suspended pending an internal investigation related to one crash – the aftermath of which resulted in a hostile crowd and vandalising of the bus.

A Metrobus leads a RapidKL through the new contra-flow bus & taxi lane in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. The lane allows buses to travel southbound on Jalan Tun Sambanthan. Image courtesy of the NST.

Even worse, it appears that some politicians are getting involved, possibly there to stroke frustrations in order to enjoy a more populist appeal before the upcoming election!

As if the congestion & traffic in Brickfields was not bad enough????

Give new system a chance, public urged (The Star – Metro)
Saturday December 10, 2011

THE residents and traders of Little India in Brickfields should give the newly-introduced bus and taxi lane system a chance before dismissing it as non-workable, said Federal Territory People’s Progressive Party chairman Datuk A. Chandra-kumanan.

“Whatever rules and policies implemented by the government has been carried out in accordance with the wishes of the people and for it to work you need to give it time,’’ he said.

Chandrakumanan, who made a working visit to Brickfields on Tuesday, said he decided to see for himself what was happening after receiving complaints from the public.

Showing the way: A DBKL enforcement officer guiding traffic in Brickfields. Photo by RICKY LAI for The Star.

Continue reading Brickfields on ‘collision course’ because of the new bus & taxi lane?

Brickfields contra-flow bus & taxi lane to begin operation this weekend, from 3 December 2011

Update: Read more about the fallout from the Brickfields bus & taxi lane here!

TRANSIT took note of this article that states that the Brickfields contra-flow bus & taxi lane will be introduced this weekend.

The southbound lane, which had been under construction since earlier this year, was supposed to open in August, but protests from area business owners led to the implementation being pushed back to after Deepavali.

Contra-flow system takes effect (Streets – NST)

30 November 2011

PARKING bays in Jalan Tun Sambanthan and around shop lots in Little India will no longer be available to motorists from this weekend.

The new contra-flow bus & taxi lane in Brickfields. Image courtesy of the NST.

Continue reading Brickfields contra-flow bus & taxi lane to begin operation this weekend, from 3 December 2011

Bus & taxi lanes in Brickfields beginning August 20

TRANSIT took note of this article in the Malay Mail which announces that bus & taxi lanes will be introduced to Jalan Tun Sambanthan in Brickfields as of August 20.

This is in response to complaints about increasing congestion and slow driving in Brickfields as a result of the 1-way traffic flow system which was introduced earlier.

Although the government claims that the 1-way system improved traffic flow and reduced congestion, TRANSIT notes that it has also encouraged double parking on both sides of the road during some periods of the day, causing traffic mayhem which is negatively affecting bus services.

Double parking on both sides of Jalan Tun Sambanthan affects private vehicles and public transport users. Image courtesy of the Malay Mail.

Special lane for buses, taxis in Jalan Tun Sambanthan beginning Aug 20 (Malay Mail)
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry will create a special lane for buses and taxis in Jalan Tun Sambanthan heading to Bangsar and Seputeh, while maintaining Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad as one-way street starting on Aug 20.
Continue reading Bus & taxi lanes in Brickfields beginning August 20

Updates #92

Updates #92

1. Article: Essential to have reliable transport system (NST, 30 June 2011) – A commentary and update on plans to improve public transport in JB and the Iskandar region, as well as cross-border connections between JB and Singapore.

JB Sentral in Johor Baru. The Cross-Border Rapid Transit System which will link Malaysia and Singapore will terminate near JB Sentral. There will also be shuttle train service from JB Sentral to Woodlands. Image courtesy of NST.

[TRANSIT: This article deserves its own post as there are some questionable statements and claims being made. For example, we are wary of the Masteel proposal for a Komuter-type service in the Iskandar Development Region and do not believe it can be implemented in the time-frame mentioned. The writer also mentions a monorail service in Melaka “that runs” and we know that is not accurate either!]

2. Article: CM and reps to cycle to work (The Star. 30 June 2011) – Melaka Chief Minister Mohd. Ali Rustam will bicycle to work on 1 July 2011. The state will also start construction on bicycle lanes near Seri Negeri.

3. Letter: KLIA limo tells on us (The Star, 20 June 2011) – Nori of Kota Damansara compares the quality of taxis & limousine picked up from KLIA and Changi airport.

4. Letter: Improve the ETS ticketing system (The Star, 30 June 2011) – Irate Passenger of Ipoh complaints about being late for an ETS train because of the numbered-paper system at the ETS ticketing office.

[TRANSIT: Er…we can understand that ETS ticketing agents could have acted on their own accord to facilitate the ticket purchase … but how long could it have taken to cycle through all those numbers? How about showing up earlier?]

5. Article: Cabbies rally against Bersih march (The Star, 30 June 2011) – some taxi drivers found the time to complain about the upcoming Bersih 2.0 protest march, claiming that they will lose business (especially from Arab tourists) as a result.

[TRANSIT: If things are so bad in the industry that one day of slow fares would be lethal, they had better get cracking and get as many fares as possible between now and July 9 instead of wasting their time (and opportunity to collect fares) with the rally.]

6. Article: KTMB to introduce new packages following closure of Tanjong Pagar (The Star, 1 July 2011) – KTMB is not giving up on Singapore and will make an effort to introduce more railway tourism packages.

7. Article: UNDER STUDY (NST, 30 June 2011) – a proposal for a 1-way traffic dispersal system for Brickfields may see buses remain on Jalan Tun Sambanthan in exclusive contra-flow bus lanes, rather than following other vehicles through the 1-way system.

Updates #82

Updates #82

1. An Electric Trike In The Trunk Makes For The Ultimate Hybrid Eco-Car(Fastcompany.com, 22 April 2011) – The Geely McCar concept (electric or electric hybrid) includes a built-in electrically powered trike (3 wheel scooter) that fits into the space between the driver & passenger seats.

A Geely McCar hybrid with its electrically powered trike. Image courtesy of fastcompany.com

[TRANSIT: Now this is an interesting concept – and there would certainly be a market for the “real” version of the vehicle here in Malaysia. More info here. Google search on Geely McCar here.]

2. Article: Prasarana’s gearing to rise to 4-5 times when remaining LRT sukuk issued (The Edge, 23 April 2011) – More information on Prasarana bond rating & sale of additional bonds for the LRT extension

3. Article: Boost on the way for Kuantan bus service (The Star, 22 April 2011) – the Pahang Gov’t is in talks with a consortium to improve the bus service in Kuantan.

[TRANSIT: Hopefully this will not be a repeat of RapidTerengganu or Perak Transit – nice ideas from a well-meaning government that end up going nowhere.]

4. Article: BEST passengers increase six folds, more pick-up points mulled (The Star, 22 April 2011) – demand for the Penang Bridge Express Shuttle Transit service is increasing.

5. Letter: Ferries and terminals need makeover (26 April 2011) – Sohan Singh of Tg. Tokong comments on the appearance of the ferry terminals at Weld Quay, Penang.

6. Article: Cabbies get new uniforms (The Star, 25 April 2011) – Seberang Prai Municipal Councillor Teoh Seang Hooi used his April allowance to purchase uniforms for 17 taxi drivers in Nibong Tebal (at a cost of RM65 each).

7. Article: Fast Exit (NST Streets, 25 April 2011) – The direct link from KL Sentral to Lebuhraya Mahameru is now complete and open to drivers – and hopefully to buses. The article also has some information on plans for a contra-flow lane for buses & taxis on Jalan Tun Sambanthan in Brickfields.

8. Article: KTM run attracts 760 (NST Streets, 25 April 2011) – KTM’s Komuter Run 2011 attracted 760 runners.

Traffic mayhem continues in Brickfields

TRANSIT took note of this article which describes a complaint about continued traffic mayhem in Brickfields, despite the change to 1-way operation on Jalan Tun Sambanthan as well as increased amounts of parking space.

Check out the double parking – now on both sides of Jalan Tun Sambanthan!

Brickfields traffic mayhem (Malay Mail)
Police pledge sustained action as complaints mount
Faizal Nor Izham
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Double parking on both sides of Jalan Tun Sambanthan affects private vehicles and public transport users. Image courtesy of the Malay Mail.

AN all-out swoop on those who contribute to the chaotic traffic condition in Brickfields is the only way to solve the problem, suggests BALJIT SINGH. 

He says while the authorities should bear the blame for poor planning, motorists should change their mindset for an effective solution to a long-standing problem. Continue reading Traffic mayhem continues in Brickfields

Updates #73

Updates #73

1. Article: Integrated public transportation within a year: DPM (NST) – Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yasin took his trip on the Klang Valley public transport system and claimed that the public transport system can be integrated within a year.

Deputy PM Muhyiddin on an Ampang Line (STAR) LRT train. Beside him is a token OKU as well as the Minister of Transport Kong Cho Ha. Picture courtesy of NST.

Continue reading Updates #73