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Will unilateral approval of KiDEx fracture the Selangor Government?

TRANSIT took note of the increasingly public disagreement within the Selangor Government about the prioritization of the Kinrara-Damansara expressway also known as the KiDEx ” skyway.”

4 ADUNs from Petaling Jaya have already expressed their opposition to the approval of the expressway and called for greater transparency and suggested that the corridor would be better used for public transport. There is a public group of residents expressing their concerns. Azman Ali, a member of the government and a challenger for Menteri Besar, has also expressed his dismay at the project saying that the government was putting the cart before the horse.

In response the Menteri Besar has said that not building the highway would be unfair to the developer.

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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.

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Technology Update: RapidKL to provide real-time info on services

TRANSIT took note of this article in the Malay Mail back in February, which describes technology and service improvements by RapidKL which will see realtime service info brought to screens & online.

This form of service tracking, using GPS-based technology, is a welcome improvement because it allows public transport users to understand services in real-time and make transport decisions based on that information.

The reason for the nearly 2 month gap between the article & the post is that it has taken a great deal of time to analyze the articles and look for resources to help explain fleet management and GPS tracking.

We warn you now that this will be a very long, detailed and technical post – but it is definitely worth reading. So if you have any questions or have trouble understanding any details, please let us know or get clarification.

RapidKL to provide real-time info akin to train stations (Malay Mail)
Shahrim Tamrin
Friday, February 11th, 2011

Real-time service information for the Spadina Streetcar (in background), located at Spadina subway station, Toronto, Canada. Image courtesy of Malay Mail.

KUALA LUMPUR: Bus commuters can soon look forward to getting real-time information on how long it would be before the next bus arrives in a system similar to the electronic schedule display boards at LRT train stations. Continue reading Technology Update: RapidKL to provide real-time info on services

If tearing down an expressway can reduce traffic congestion, what would a few bus lanes do?

The Infrastructurist Blog has a very interesting post on what can happen to traffic congestion when expressways are actually removed – in many cases it just goes away!

Huh?! 4 Cases Of How Tearing Down A Highway Can Relieve Traffic Jams (And Save Your City)

The post cites examples of the Cheonggycheon highway in Seoul (removed and replaced by a long “river”-park that has proven to be immensely popular), Harbour Drive in Portland Oregon (USA), and The Embarcadero and Central Freeways in San Francisco, California (USA).
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