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KiDEx facing legal roadblock with @pjcitycouncil

TRANSIT took note of the following article describing legal issues that will delay the approval of the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway.

Apparently the company that will build the expressway and has received ‘conditional approval’ from the Works Ministry and support from Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, has failed to get approval from the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya…in fact their plans have been rejected 3 times!

In Selangor, legal roadblock may halt controversial highway plan (The Malay Mail Online 7 May 2014)
BY SHAZWAN MUSTAFA KAMAL

KiDEx Sdn Bhd may face a major setback in its plan to build its RM2.42 billion super-elevated highway in Selangor as it has not obtained approval from the city’s local council office.

The Malay Mail Online understands that the proposal for the controversial Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (KIDEX) was rejected on three occasions by the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MBPJ) as developers had failed to provide sufficient details on the project.

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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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Bus-Rapid Transit plan and water taxis for Petaling Jaya?

TRANSIT took note of this interesting piece of information from the Selangor Times – a plan for “Rapid Transit Bus” routes, minibus services and limited-stop bus routes in Petaling Jaya.

Selangor Times diagram showing proposals for public transport in Petaling Jaya.

Click here for a larger version of the image above. The February 3, 2012 issue of Selangor Times can be seen here in the scribd feed.

The proposed line would run from a bus terminal in SS7 (near the proposed SS7 LRT station?) to the bus terminal in Damansara Damai, running via Subang Airport Road, Jalan Sg. Buloh and Jalan Kuala Selangor. Whether or not the line can be considered as “Bus Rapid Transit” (or another name for Bus Expressway Transit or Expressway Rapid Transit) remains to be seen – after all, we (indeed, the public in general) have to look at the details of the plan.

According to this article in the Selangor Times, “Water taxis in PJ by 2015?” boats and hovercrafts will also ferry passengers from jetties built along Sungai Damansara, Sungai  Kayu Ara, Sungai Penchala, Sungai Tambul and Sungai Payong.

Seriously? As great (well, “creative”) as all these ideas are, we would like to see the MBPJ take the steps to improve public transport first – like setting up a public transport / urban transport office to determine how realistic and feasible these plans are.

Then, engage with the public to set up a MBPJ transport council to discuss these proposals, and implement actual public consultation to see if the public actually want these proposed services.

Finally, figure out how to run the service in a way that actually works and get people to use public transport.

‘Solutions’ to public transport problems focusing on the bus industry, not public transport users

By now everyone should be aware that a major crisis is taking place in the bus industry.

The shut down of CityLiner bus services throughout was the major ‘tipping pint’ in a series of crises [TRANSIT: refer to our “No Bus for You” series of posts] that showed the precarious state of public transport and the bus industry – and made it clear that SPAD has lost the plot by focusing on the MRT project rather than revamping & transforming public transport.

The nation-wide collapse of bus services are continuing, despite the recent announcement that the Malaysian Government has approved an RM400mn fund for public transport operators. Applications for this fund began earlier this week and SPAD intends to release the first Rm100mn as soon as possible.

TRANSIT notes that the government is stepping in with the financial aid to bus operators. We also note that Prasarana-RapidKL have talked about improving cooperation (actually, we should say “starting” cooperation) with private bus operators to reduce wasteful competition on different routes. At the same time, taxi drivers and other bus companies are benefiting from the lack of competition in the Klang area since CityLiner shut down bus services, affecting thousands of public transport users.

However, we need the government, SPAD and Prasarana-RapidKL to acknowledge that their “solutions” are not holistic and not sustainable. The problem is that they are focusing on short-term solutions for the crisis, not long-term solutions that will make public transport work, sustainably and effectively, and most importantly, meet the needs of public transport users.

And this, ladies & gentlemen, is the biggest problem. Everyone talks about fixing public transport but all the solutions that are put forward focus on the bus industry, rather than the public transport service. What’s worse is that the ‘solutions’ still fail to consider the needs of the public transport users.

Read about TRANSIT’s take on the issues and a proposed action plan after the jump! Continue reading ‘Solutions’ to public transport problems focusing on the bus industry, not public transport users

Stories of a wheelchair-friendly PJ (update #1)

Update: TRANSIT notes that Anthony Thanasayan will return as a councillor for MBPJ (Petaling Jaya City Council). We wish to extend our congratulations to Anthony and to all councillors who have returned to serve.

TRANSIT notes this column from activist Anthony Thanasayan, commenting on improvements to accessibility and universal design in some sections of Petaling Jaya, comparing the PJ that he lives in now with the PJ that he grew up in.

Thursday July 1, 2010
Wheelchair-friendly PJ
Wheel Power
By ANTHONY THANASAYAN

A new world opens up for the disabled.

THIS is it, folks: the end of the road for me as councillor of Petaling Jaya (MBPJ). I have been told that the positions of all local councillors in the state will cease to exist next Tuesday.

A new list of councillors, comprising old and new faces, will be sworn in on Wednesday. And they will carry out their duties for the next 12 months.

At the time of writing this article, I do not know if I will be in or out of that list.

All I can tell you is that the experience of serving the people of Petaling Jaya in Selangor has been a challenging task for me.

It was exactly on this day today, two years ago, when the council’s wheelchair-friendly van arrived at my home to take me to the swearing-in ceremony. I recall even pinching myself several times during the journey to convince myself that it was not a dream.

There was good reason for my cynicism. Here was a local council that I had serious issues with for nearly all of my life. It had virtually ignored all of my special needs as a boy in a wheelchair.

I was forced to stay indoors because the city – which was a town then – had totally disregarded my basic needs in its infrastructure.

As a result, I couldn’t go to school, or play with my friends in the neighbourhood. I couldn’t even visit the park that was only a stone’s throw away from my house because the PJ town council obviously thought that someone like me didn’t exist. Or worse, wasn’t worth the effort.

(Unfortunately that is still the sad state of affairs with many of the other local councils, not only in Selangor, but across the nation).

The pavements were too high for my wheelchair, the park’s entrances were too narrow, and the toilets were inaccessible.

Today, PJ is a lot more wheelchair-friendly. The park near my house now has an entrance that is accessible to wheelchairs and prams. There is a clever design in the shape of a U-turn that keeps out motorcycles.

Another notable improvement was the universal-designed pavement of about 500m along Jalan Gasing.

Such projects opened the floodgates for a special group of people who have been marginalised by society in the way we plan our towns and cities.

Elderly residents aided by their caregivers are now able to access the park in their wheelchairs and walking sticks for some exercise and fresh air.

Mothers with prams, the blind and even children can now walk safely to the nearby shops, a church, a temple and a public park that the special pavement covers.

Some people (who weren’t elderly or disabled) complained that it was a waste of money and effort. The changes in the park also drew a similar reaction.

They obviously were not aware of the increasing number of disabled people in the country. They failed to see that in the next generation, there will be more senior citizens than children, and that our nation would have an aging population. Disability would be a key consideration among this elderly group.

So now is the opportune time to start building a city in anticipation of the needs of an aging population.

Recently, the MBPJ Planning Department undertook a commendable task.

They decided to go to the homes of the disabled and the elderly in the poorest parts of PJ, to offer them assistance.

In the middle of next month, a special team will be knocking on the doors of these homes to see in what area they need help.

They will be given assistance to register with the relevant bodies at the local and federal levels for financial aid. Those requiring medical treatment will also get the assistance they need.

For the bedridden, wheelchairs will be provided. Renovations to their toilets will be done at MBPJ’s expense to make them disabled-friendly.

TRANSIT Says:

Thank you to Anthony for sharing your experience of growing up disabled in Petaling Jaya. We hope that the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council will continue their efforts to improve Petaling Jaya as well as to educate people about universal design and better communities.

“Wan’s Central’ Bus terminal in Damansara Damai opens

TRANSIT took note of this article in the Star Metro, announcing the opening of a bus terminal in Damansara Damai in northern Petaling Jaya. A google map showing the location of the terminal can be found here.

Bus terminal in Damansara Damai opens (Star Metro)
19 April 2010
Yip Yoke TengA NEW bus terminal was opened on Saturday at Damansara Damai, Petaling Jaya, by mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman.

The 0.5ha bus terminal built by Medan Prestasi Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of MK Land Holdings Berhad, will be in operation from May as a boost to the current public transportation system.

Named Wan’s Central bus terminal, its construction cost RM1.9mil and its facilities include seven bays for buses, 33 shop units, 22 public parking bays, 20 motorcycle parking bays, two surau and washrooms.

Taking a ride: Roslan (left) and Mustapha Kamal in a RapidKL bus that departed from Wan’s Central bus terminal in Damansara Damai. Image courtesy of Star Metro.

“The bus terminal will benefit the 100,000 residents of this fast developing township,” said Roslan.

“Damansara Damai has always been a ‘heavyweight’ among the housing estates that are under the purview of MBPJ as there have always been many complaints from here. We are monitoring closely and I see improvements today,” he added.

He also commended the developer for its efforts in greening the township, which echoed the council’s call to make the city sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Also present were MK Land Holdings Bhd’s executive chairman Tan Sri Mustapha Kamal Abu Bakar, Medan Prestasi Sdn Bhd group general manager Kamarulzaman Abu Bakar, Metrobus Nationwide Sdn Bhd adviser Datuk Rani Abd Rashid, Selangor Omnibus Co Ltd managing director Yap Thin Loy and RapidKL Sdn Bhd regional head Aminza Abdul Aziz.

“I hope with this bus terminal, no bus will be parked indiscriminately by the roadside. If they do, we will ensure that the vehicles will be towed once the roads here are surrendered to the council in two months,” he added.

He also urged traders, especially those who were peddling on road kerbs, to legalise their business by shifting into the bus terminal and at the same time benefit from its affordable rental.

During the press conference, Roslan said he hoped bus operators would take punctuality seriously to provide Petaling Jaya residents with a reliable bus service system that could be an alternative to driving.

Added facility: Wan’s Central bus terminal facilities include seven bays for buses, 33 shop units, parking bays, surau and washroom. Image courtesy of Star Metro.

“We will start here and soon we will have more buses making use of this terminal. Then we will make the bus terminal at Jalan Othman equally successful,” he added.

Wan’s Central bus terminal is currently used by about 30 buses plying seven routes. The buses connect Damansara Damai with nearby townships, the KTM stations in Kepong Sentral and Sungai Buloh, Kuala Lumpur. Round-the-clock taxi service is also available.

The main bus routes are Jalan Kepong to Sungai Buloh (Jalan Persekutuan 54), North-South Highway (Sungai Buloh exit), Damansara-Puchong Highway and MRR2 Kepong to Kuala Lumpur.

Mustapha said the terminal and its services would alleviate traffic congestion in Petaling Jaya by providing an alternative to driving.

“This area has a population of 100,000 and providing bus service here can remove thousands of cars from the roads,” he said, adding that residents from other parts of Petaling Jaya could always make use of the convenience provided by the bus terminal.

TRANSIT Says:

It sounds like a nice improvement for public transport in the area.