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Prasarana, UTHM collaborate to nurture rail industry professionals – but what about public transport industry professionals?

TRANSIT took note of this interesting article about collaboration between Prasarana and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) to develop more rail industry professionals.

Prasarana, UTHM collaborate to nurture rail industry professionals (The Borneo Post)

31 January 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in an effort to create professionals in the rail industry and improve the quality of Malaysia’s public transportation system.

Prasarana group managing director Datuk Shahril Mokhtar said that under the MoU, UTHM would introduce a new Masters in Railway Engineering course this year where qualified staff of Prasarana’s rail division will have preference in gaining entry to the university.

“This we believe will open a new era in pursuance of excellence in education and further uplift the standard of Malaysia’s railway industry specifically, and public transportation in general,” he told reporters after the signing here.

Shahril inked the MoU for Prasarana while UTHM was represented by its vice-chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin.

Elaborating, Shahril said the strategic collaboration with institutions of higher learning was part of Prasarana’s initiatives towards enhancing the quality of its staff, describing them as the company’s key assets in the realisation of its Go Forward Plan (GFP) targets.

“Today also marked a new beginning in Prasarana’s emphasis on development of human capital and staff resourcefulness as we continue rigorous efforts to pursue the agenda of our GFP, which has entered its second year,” he said.

Shahril said that through the programme, Prasarana aimed to inculcate values like innovative thinking, operational excellence and enhanced efficiency among its staff. — Bernama


As you can imagine, we at TRANSIT are always pleased to hear of initiatives to improve the skills & knowledge & capability of the Malaysian rail industry, towards improving railway engineering and creating a new generation of professional railway engineers.

But a public transport industry cannot be built by railway engineers and civil engineers alone. There is also a need for professional public transport planners, regulators, and experts in the organization and management of public transport services, public transport information relay, communications, asset management, and a thousand other jobs that make for an effective public transport system.

So while we are certainly pleased about the initiative to build up Malaysia’s rail industry, we also need to take steps to develop Malaysia’s public transport industry.

Perhaps it will be SPAD who takes the lead there. But mark what TRANSIT says – someone has to do this job because without this, we will never truly improve public transport in Malaysia.


Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, a fascinating model railroad & miniature world!

TRANSIT took note of this fascinating youtube video showcasing Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, the world’s largest model railroad and an amazing miniature world, which includes kilometer after kilometer of model railways, highways, a model airport,cruise ship, police, fire engines, and everything else that makes a city come alive.

We hope you enjoy the video as much as we did.

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)

Is this what our new 4-carriage KL Monorail trains will look like? (Update #1 – Can the public decide?)

Update: On request from Prasarana, TRANSIT has been asked to take down this post. We have chosen to take down the image instead, and keep the post in place.


The reason we have maintained the post is simple – we want the public to know that a new livery design has been developed and Prasarana has nearly decided on it – even if we have been asked not to show the design to the public.

We submit to Prasarana that before they decide on the livery, they should make potential designs public and ask the public for feedback. They could even have a design contest like the MyRT design contest – though that might be more for PR than anything else.

What is more important is that they should ask the public what they want from their new monorail trains (better seating, grab bars, in-train information systems, wheelchair seating area, wi-fi, etc) and try to ensure that some of these new features are in place.

Ideally, SCOMI should provide a mock-up of their SUTRA train, fitted to Prasarana’s requested specifications (based, of course, on feedback from the public) so that everyone can see what the new monorail trains will look like.

Our original post continues after the jump. Continue reading Is this what our new 4-carriage KL Monorail trains will look like? (Update #1 – Can the public decide?)

Updates #100

Updates #100

NOTE: Because of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Balik Kampung, this update will cover 2 weeks of public transport news. Continue reading Updates #100

Interesting FMT interview with SPAD chair Syed Hamid Albar (Update #1)

Updated with comments from TRANSIT!

TRANSIT has taken note of a series of articles in Free Malaysia Today, detailing an interview with SPAD Chair Syed Hamid Albar.

TRANSIT will reserve our comments until the entire series is posted. In the meantime you can find links to the articles (3 at the time of this posting) after the jump:

Update: TRANSIT had reserved our comments and then got so busy we didn’t have time to make these comments. But we are ready now! Continue reading Interesting FMT interview with SPAD chair Syed Hamid Albar (Update #1)

“A survey on the new ticketing system introduced by RapidKl bus”

TRANSIT took note of this survey about RapidKL’s New Bus Ticketing System introduced by a student at Mara College.

Assalamualaikum w.b.t and hello everyone. My name is Nur Atiqah binti Md Salehuddin, the second year student at Mara College Seremban in International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. I’m doing a survey for my Internal Assessment in Business and Management subject. My focus is on the new ticketing system implemented by RapidKl bus company.

To participate in the survey, please click here.

For more information about the New Bus Ticketing System please click here.


Good luck with the survey, Nur Atiqah!

KTM Update: Butterworth railway station pulled down for development – but not for Penang Sentral

TRANSIT recently took note of these articles announcing the demolition of the Butterworth Railway station as part of the Electrification & Double Tracking project from Ipoh to Padang Besar.

The old Butterworth Station will be replaced with a new railway station – one that will presumably be designed to accommodate more electric train services as well as the proposed “Komuter Utara” service (more like ETS but still important) that would service the Northern Corridor Economic Region.

But do not confuse the new Butterworth station with the Penang Sentral project that will be coming up nearby. Penang Sentral is a commercial development with an attached bus hub, while the railway station will be somewhat separate.

End of the line for train stop (The Star Metro North)
Tuesday August 23, 2011

Earmarked for demolition: The old railway station had served Penang for 44 years. Image courtesy of The Star.

BUTTERWORTH: The 44-year-old Butterworth Railway Station will soon be pulled down to make way for a multi-million-ringgit state-of-the-art replacement. Continue reading KTM Update: Butterworth railway station pulled down for development – but not for Penang Sentral

Touch ‘n’ Go card facilities go dormant if not used for 1 year – at toll plazas

TRANSIT took note of a very interesting complaint about Touch ‘N’ Go – which has revealed an interesting bit of information about how the Touch ‘N’ Go card works.

As you know, the Touch ‘N’ Go card is “Malaysia’s one-stop card” which can be used for toll-payment at toll-kiosks, payment of public transport at fare gates, payment of parking at certain parking facilities, and payment of admission at certain amusement parks.

You can also use your Touch ‘N’ Go card to make purchases at certain restaurants.

But apparently, if you do not use your Touch ‘N’ Go card at a toll booth for more than a year, that facility will be deactivated – leaving you with a RM5 administrative charge (for each year, then later for each 6-month period).

Card dormant if unused for one year (The Malay Mail)
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

GAN JIN LEE, of Petaling Jaya, has a problem with his Touch ‘n Go card — he is able to use it for public transport but not for paying toll.

Admitting that he has not used the card to pay tolls for about three years, he says it was rejected when he passed through the ELITE highway toll plaza near USJ, Subang on Aug 4.

Upon getting his card checked at the Touch ‘n Go Sdn Bhd branch in Subang Jaya, he was shocked to learn the card has become inactive. Continue reading Touch ‘n’ Go card facilities go dormant if not used for 1 year – at toll plazas

LRT Update: Prasarana issues international tender for 20 Ampang Line trains. TRANSIT: What features would you like in your new trains?

TRANSIT took note of the following information, an international tender for 20 Ampang line trains to service the LRT extension.

Continue reading LRT Update: Prasarana issues international tender for 20 Ampang Line trains. TRANSIT: What features would you like in your new trains?