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We’re already Malaysia’s public transport forum

TRANSIT took note of a very interesting article about the plan of the Land Public Transport Commission (Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat or SPAD) to create a Land Public Transport Forum.

The forum will discuss public transport issues

Forum to help public air views on SPAD (NST)
13 January 2012

By Nuradzimmah Daim
KUALA LUMPUR: A Land Public Transport Forum will be set up in March.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Nur Kamal said the forum would serve as a platform for the public to channel their views to the commission.

“Before it is set up, it is important to decide what form this forum will take, whether as an advisory panel, a society or a company.

[TRANSIT: And that is what we at TRANSIT have been talking about, for more than 3 years now.]

Continue reading We’re already Malaysia’s public transport forum

Why must public transport users make a ‘leap of faith’ all the time?

TRANSIT took note of this article in the NST which discusses the challenges that bus users often face in Malaysia – congestion and unsafe travel.

In this specific case, the article is referring to passengers who have to disembark from buses into “live” lanes, avoiding other traffic, motorcycles, etc.

According to the NST, "passengers are forced to climb on or off the bus in the middle of the road as the bus stops are hogged by parked cars." TRANSIT: It's not always true. Do you see any parked cars this time? Sometimes the reason is unprofessional drivers.

The usual reasons are congestion, including cars parked at bus stops or layby lanes but sometimes the reason is really unprofessional drivers and management not caring (or caring but not being able to do much).

Unfortunately, our fractured public transport system does not encourage the efficient management of public transport – meaning that these issues remain unresolved to this day.

It is funny that some people (often with good intentions) believe that people need to have more faith in the public transport system and demonstrate this by taking the bus – but do not call for more efforts from the operators & other stakeholders to improve the quality & professionalism of the service.

In other words, they want public transport users to take a leap of faith, without expecting or asking for any improvements & actions from the government & operators. Well, that is just not good enough.

Leap of Faith (NST)

14 July 2011

Commuters risk their lives alighting from buses that stop in the middle of the road instead of at the bus stop

Passengers should only board or alight at the bus stops for their own safety. Image courtesy of NST. TRANSIT: That assumes that the bus comes close to the bus stop. This one hasn't though there is no traffic. What is the reason for this?

KUALA LUMPUR: Bus passengers are disembarking in the middle of the road because buses are prevented from stopping at the bus stops by motorists using the stops as their personal pick and drop-off points. Continue reading Why must public transport users make a ‘leap of faith’ all the time?

The “best” we’ve seen so far?

TRANSIT took note of the updates on the progress of the Bridge Express Shuttle Transit (BEST) service introduced in Penang on 1 March 2011.

B.E.S.T. is an effort from the Penang Government to reduce the number of private vehicles crossing the Penang Bridge by providing an alternative free public transport shuttle bus service to the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone.

The Best shuttle (Star Metro North)
Wednesday March 2, 2011

Ride and surf: Dynacraft employees (from right)Lim Bee Gaik, 35, and Jason Cheng, 23, using free Wifi during their Best ride to Bayan Lepas from Bandar Sunway. Image courtesy of The Star.

Continue reading The “best” we’ve seen so far?

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
A. FUAD PAIZ
T.K. LETCHUMY TAMBOO
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

Technology Update: New bus ticketing system for RapidKL

TRANSIT has taken note of the new paperless ticketing system which will be introduced to RapidKL buses beginning 27 February 2011.

Intro to the new ticketing system courtesy of RapidKL.

Click here for a larger version of the image above.

More information is available at the RapidKL website, including:

  • An introductory video;
  • Information on how to use the system (including purchase & payment);
  • FAQ;
  • Launching Dates (beginning 27 February until 26 March 2011);
  • An application form for the concession card for senior citizens, OKU and students

Continue reading Technology Update: New bus ticketing system for RapidKL

Prasarana MD: Total overhaul needed

TRANSIT took note of this interview of Prasrana Group Managing Director Shahril Mokhtar, in which he comments on the need for a total overhaul of public transport in the Klang Valley.

Shahril was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) who’s CEO Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal has indicated that there are plans to reform buses – but we do not know if this amounts to total overhaul.

Public transport needs total overhaul (Free Malaysia Today)
Patrick Lee
February 15, 2011

The public transport system in the Klang Valley is in a mess and only a complete restructuring can repair the damage.

PETALING JAYA: Nothing short of a total overhaul will save the Klang Valley from its public transport mess.

[TRANSIT: We hope for FMT’s sake that the above is actually a quote – wouldn’t want to have any confusion here.]

Prasarana managing director Shahril Mokhtar said that the Klang Valley’s public transport system needed to be restructured.

He added that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) had a long road ahead in getting this done. Continue reading Prasarana MD: Total overhaul needed

MRT Update: Is this our new MRT network?

TRANSIT took note of this recent article in Star Biz, which highlights the planning for the 2nd MRT line, an “orbital” line running around the city centre that has been named the  “Circle Line”

The article also mentions an “Orange Line” which will run from Ampang to Klang through Seputeh & what looks like Petaling Jaya.

It appears that the “Blue Line” from Sg. Buloh to Kajang will interchange with the Circle line at Pusat Bandar Damansara and the proposed KL Financial District at Dataran Perdana – while the “Orange Line” will interchange with the Circle Line at MidValley-KL EcoCity and the KL Financial District.

Star Graphic showing the proposed MRT line in the centre of KL. Image courtesy of The Star - accuracy not verified by SPAD.

As you can see from the Star Graphic above, there are clearly some inaccuracies that have to be mentioned – the monorail which does not connect to KL Sentral or the Ampang LRT line at Titiwangsa is a clear example.

And this begs the very important question of why SPAD and Pemandu are giving briefings to property developers, analysts, the media and members of the public who appear to understand very little about public transport planning and holistic mass transport planning.

In other words, why no briefing for TRANSIT? Because only TRANSIT will be able to give SPAD & Pemandu the insights they need for the MRT and the public transport system as a whole.

The article as well as TRANSIT’s comments on the lines & interchanges proposed above are after the jump. Continue reading MRT Update: Is this our new MRT network?

MRT Update: Will old habits die hard?

TRANSIT took note of this comment on the MRT project which was featured in The Edge Financial Daily.

Rafizi Ramli, the Chief Executive of the Selangor Economic Advisory Office, writes a very interesting series of comments and raises many questions about the MRT project which are similar to questions and concerns that TRANSIT has.

His premise, “Old habits die hard” reminds us of the articles written by Moaz Yusuf Ahmad of TRANSIT in the early days of the LRT extension proposals – Moaz then argued that our attraction to LRT (now MRT) would overwhelm our judgement and would be used against us to rush into infrastructure mega-projects that would not resolve existing problems with public transport and would only create more challenges ahead.

The MRT: Old habit dies hard (The Edge)

Rafizi Ramli
Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Malaysia is a nation in haste. It is in our habit that we rush things, more often than not paying the price of the rushed decisions later down the road. Even when I was still an accountant managing finance operations, I always lamented our society’s obsession with speed at the expense of quality and thoroughness. Luckily we are such a rich country that we can still afford the price for the mistakes done due to the rushed decisions. For how long we can do this is anybody’s guess.
Continue reading MRT Update: Will old habits die hard?

MRT Update: Can the MRT network address our long-term transport problem?

TRANSIT took note of this column in Star Property, commenting on whether the MRT line (and network) will resolve the long-term transport problems in the Klang Valley.

Our answer…well, you have to wait for it. In the meantime, enjoy the article!

Can the MRT address the long-term transport problem? (Star Property)
22 January 2011

Thean Lee Cheng

MUCH will be said – and written – about the mass rapid transit (MRT) in the next several months with construction expected to begin in July this year. Some will be for it, others will be against it.

Why not have more cars fitted to the two-car system? Image courtesy of Star Property.

TRANSIT: There are some 4-carriage trains. Perhaps a better question is why not make all the service 4-carriage?

At RM36.6bil, the public transport system will be one of the country’s largest infrastructure projects. But this figure is for the civil works only. The prices of the trains and land acquisition have yet to be factored in. So the figure will certainly swell.

TRANSIT: Did we call it correctly or not?

The building of this new MRT line – as opposed to the current monorail and light rail transit – must be seen from the perspective of what we know today as our public transport system.
Continue reading MRT Update: Can the MRT network address our long-term transport problem?

Eight more routes for women-only buses

TRANSIT took note of the recent launch of an expanded RapidKL Women-only bus service by Minister for Women, Family & Community Development Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

RapidKL reports that 92% of 1,400 respondents to a poll commissioned by RapidKL “liked” the service and 94% wanted it expanded.

TRANSIT has always felt a significant concern about the idea of gender-based segregation in public transport. We recognize the current need for services based on factors like heavy crowding, large numbers of female passengers using public transport, and complete lack of enforcement.

We do not “want” women-only bus service (or train services) to be “necessary” in Malaysia.

Eight more routes for women-only buses (The Star)
18 January 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Eight more routes have been added to the women-only Rapid Lady Bus.

The service, which was launched in December by RapidKL with seven routes, now has 15 routes in the Klang Valley. Continue reading Eight more routes for women-only buses