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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.

TRANSIT says goodbye to 2011 and wishes everyone a happy 2012

The year 2011 has been quite tumultuous for public transport and indeed, for many people in many places throughout the world.

Specifically to public transport, we in Malaysia have seen a number of major changes. Continue reading TRANSIT says goodbye to 2011 and wishes everyone a happy 2012

Check out RapidKL’s new buses in action (Update #1)

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.

New RapidKL 8m bus at Taman Bahagia station showing two different routes on its destination signage. Image courtesy of @TWK90

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.

It is time for a renewal.

Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital to take immediate steps to improve shuttle service

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).

Shuttle service during lunch hour (NST, 11 August 2011)

SEREMBAN: The Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital here assured the public that it has taken all possible steps to enhance the efficiency of its shuttle service, including using the hospital director’s personal vehicle as a shuttle. Continue reading Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital to take immediate steps to improve shuttle service

No bus for you, Jalan Permai in Seremban! Ok lah, 1 bus for you.

TRANSIT took note of this article informing about the limited resumption of bus service passing along Jalan Permai in Seremban.

The Seremban Town Service had recently stopped serving the route. The complaints of the residents were highlighted in a recent article in the Star Metro as well as a post by TRANSIT.

The resumption of service may be seen as good news but the fact is that the major concerns of public transport users have still not been resolved.

Bus service to housing estates resumes (Star Metro)
By CHARLES FERNANDEZ

Monday September 5, 2011

BUS service to several housing estates along Jalan Permai has resumed after leaving residents stranded for almost two months. Continue reading No bus for you, Jalan Permai in Seremban! Ok lah, 1 bus for you.

No bus for you! Company stops bus service to three housing estates in Seremban

TRANSIT took note of more depressing news as another suburban area has lost its bus service:

Company stops bus service to three housing estates in Seremban (The Star, 17 August 2011)

RESIDENTS in Taman Permai, Taman Duyung and Taman Oakland have been left stranded as the bus service to the residential areas has stopped since May 30.

They now have to pay more in taxi fare to reach to their destinations such the schools, hospital and market.

The bus company, Seremban Town Service (STS), which serves the residential areas hourly, has stopped the service because of poor passenger load.

Frustrated: Residents waiting at the bus stop in Taman Permai I to flag down passing taxis. Image courtesy of The Star.

Continue reading No bus for you! Company stops bus service to three housing estates in Seremban

Taxi: are cabbies going to get ‘political’ on the gov’t as well?

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.

Cabbies see red over govt’s apathy (Free Malaysia Today)
29 July 2011

B Nantha Kumar

Fed up with the government for ignoring their grievances, 2,000 taxi drivers plan a protest this Sunday.

PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Taxi Drivers Welfare Association is planning to hold a massive gathering over the federal government’s failure to address their problems.

The chairman of the association, M Manickam, said taxi drivers in city are angry and fed up with the Barisan Nasional (BN) government for consistently overlooking their grievances. Continue reading Taxi: are cabbies going to get ‘political’ on the gov’t as well?

More community buses for Selangor? When and how?

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.

Community bus service for other councils (The Star)
Wednesday June 29, 2011
By CHRISTINA LOW

MORE local councils in Selangor may have to introduce community buses to curb traffic congestion in their areas, state Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Ronnie Liu said.

Liu said local councils must be more creative in solving the prevailing problem that affected the people.

One suggestion at the Selangor Budget Dialogue for Public Transportation and Traffic Congestion within Local Council areas was to implement the community bus system.

Free service: The PJ community bus has been operating since August 2008 and can accommodate 33 passengers. Image courtesy of The Star.

Continue reading More community buses for Selangor? When and how?

Updates #83


Updates #83

1. Article: Free Rides (Streets – NST, 26 April 2011) – NST Streets takes a look at 4 free community shuttle buses in the Kuala Lumpur area. More information on shuttle “schedules” can be found here.

Sunrise buses make it easier for residents to move around and are environmentally friendly with engines which emit less carbon monoxide. Image courtesy of Streets-NST.

The IOI Community Shuttle for holders of the IOI Privilege Card. Image courtesy of Streets-NST.
Continue reading Updates #83

Bus Rapid Transit for Shah Alam?

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.

New bus service to be set up (The Star)
Tuesday April 5, 2011
By ELAN PERUMAL
elan@thestar.com.my

A BUS Rapid Transportation (BRT) service will be formed in Shah Alam to connect the city with Klang and Subang Jaya.

Shah Alam mayor Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan feels the creation of the BRT is vital for a good public transport system.

Shah Alam lacks a centralised transport hub and Jaafar said the city needed to improve the service.

He also said the BRT was a prerequisite in creating an intergrated transport network in Shah Alam in line with the federal government’s plan to expand the LRT network to the city. Continue reading Bus Rapid Transit for Shah Alam?