Update: @TWK90 found another place to host the bus photos. Check out the links below!
TRANSIT recently took note of a set of photos of new RapidKL buses in action, courtesy of @TWK90, a regular on many Malaysian public transport-related forums who has provided us with many excellent pictures of buses, trains, signage, stations, etc.
These pictures show a RapidKL 8m long bus, at Taman Bahagia LRT station.
Strangely enough, the bus is signed for Route T625 on the front destination sign, but Route T624 on the side and rear signs! Route T624 actually services Kelana Jaya LRT station.
As you can see from the photos below, the bus is a flat-floor bus, fully accessible with a ramp at the back door. The bus is assembled by SKSBUS, which is one of Malaysia’s well-known bus body assemblers, and is apparently built on a HINO chassis.
We at TRANSIT look forward to seeing more of these accessible buses for RapidKL’s local services. In addition, we want to see some expansion of local bus routes – especially routes that actually enter certain housing estates.
RapidKL claims to serve 980 housing areas around the Klang Valley but this service is poor and in many cases, housing areas lost their Tempatan local services in 2008 as part of RapidKL’s ill-conceived rationalization of bus services.
TRANSIT noted this interesting article last month, in which the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital had announced that it would take steps to improve its shuttle service, add service during lunch hour, and use the hospital director’s personal vehicle as a shuttle (presumably if necessary).
TRANSIT took note of a very interesting article in Free Malaysia Today, announcing that cab drivers were going to organize a protest on Sunday, 31 July over what is described as government apathy over the issues they have raised.
We have to wonder if this protest, coming so soon after a protest of KTM Railwaymen’s Union members, is a sign that more and more line workers in the transport industry are increasingly frustrated with government inaction.
And we wonder how long it will take before the taxi driver’s also start talking politics … because as most of us know, once you get drivers to start talking about politics … everything comes out.
TRANSIT took note of this article which focuses on the discussion of the upcoming Selangor state budget and related public consultations.
In one of the discussions, a proposal was made to expand on community shuttle bus services using the model from Petaling Jaya.
Although the article suggests that the Housing & Local Government Minister Ronnie Liu was in favour of the idea, there remain many questions about whether or not the Selangor government will be able to dvelop the proper administrative structures and put the proper steps into motion to make this happen.
Frankly based on what little we have see from the Selangor government over the past 3 years, we do not know what to expect.
TRANSIT took note of this very interesting news in which Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan (the newly sworn-in mayor of Shah Alam) has announced that he wants to develop a bus-rapid transit system for the city, which will also provide links to Klang and Subang Jaya.
The mayor has also expressed interest in developing a centralized transit hub and preparing for an LRT extension to Shah Alam.