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Meanwhile in Ipoh…After a few missteps on public transport Ipoh Council begins a move forward

TRANSIT took note of this news from Ipoh, where Ipoh City Council is looking to reorganize and improve its focus on public transport services. As is typical we see bluster and calls for enforcement but little about the structural problems within the public transport industry.

Ipoh Council to ensure public service vehicles are better organized (The Star, 22 April 2014)
Ipoh Council to ensure public service vehicles are better organised


THE Ipoh City Council has been given the green light to enforce the Land Public Transport Act 2010 to ensure a properly managed public transport system in the city.

Continue reading Meanwhile in Ipoh…After a few missteps on public transport Ipoh Council begins a move forward


No bus for you, Sebarang Prai (as of 21 November). Watch out, Kedah & Perak. You might be next! (Update #2)

  • Update: TRANSIT has learned that the Penang Government will provide subsidy to CityLiner!
  • Update: TRANSIT has learned that CityLiner bus services will operate until the end of November, and that CityLiner is in talks with the Penang Government to resolve the issues facing their operations in the state!

TRANSIT has learned that Konsortium Transnasional Berhad will stop CityLiner stage bus services in Sebarang Prai on 21 November 2011 – this coming Monday.

We urge public transport users in Sebarang Prai who rely on CityLiner bus routes to make alternative transport plans immediately – so that they are prepared if and when the shut down takes place.

And since SPAD has already been caught flat-footed by the shutdown of CityLiner bus services in Negri Sembilan, as well as the threatened shutdowns in Kedah, problems in Perak, Melaka and Kelantan, and other issues … well, we do not see any solutions coming anytime soon.

The public transport industry has been in pain for  a long time. Sadly, while the government has changed from two ineffective “doctors” (CVLB & Department of Railways) to one unproven “doctor” (SPAD), they have done very little to alleviate the pain.

Sure, this new “doctor” has lots of wonderful plans for the public transport industry, but like many of the young among us, this “doctor” is more interested in the urban lifestyle (KL & the Klang Valley), and in the flashy & fancy solutions (LRT, MRT) rather than the reliable and effective medicine (realistic solutions).

To borrow another analogy, SPAD is pumping the public transport industry full of steroids to make it look big & strong, instead of cutting the fat & improving fitness, to make the industry lean, mean, and healthy.

Ok, enough with the analogies. The article is after the jump:
Continue reading No bus for you, Sebarang Prai (as of 21 November). Watch out, Kedah & Perak. You might be next! (Update #2)

Updates #88 – our most prosperous update ever!

Updates #88 – our most prosperous update ever

1. Article: Lounge around in a Rapid bus (The Star, 3 June 2011) – RapidPenang introduces RapidMobile, a “lounge” with a Blaupunkt Stereo system.

State-of-the-art sound system: Blaupunkt logistics and regional distribution director Hafiz Abidin showing Sandhu the functions and features of the company's New York 800 mobile entertainment system which has been installed in Rapid Mobile. Image courtesy of The Star.

[TRANSIT: You have to admire their creativity.]

2. Article: CURTAINS DOWN (NST 31 May 2011) – an update on the upcoming closure (at the end of June 2011) of KTM railway stations at Tg. Pagar and Bukit Timah in Singapore – with two excellent photos!
Continue reading Updates #88 – our most prosperous update ever!

Updates #78

Updates #78

1. Article: One passenger killed, six seriously injured in bus-lorry crash (Malay Mail, 20 March 2011) – A passenger was killed while six others were seriously injured when their bus was involved in an accident with two lorries at Km341.9 North South Expressway early today. This article, Injured man in bus crash killed while rescuing passengers (The Star) has more details as well as some disturbing photos.

Sahad @ Shariff Md Din was earlier travelling with his family and other passengers when the bus they were in crashed into a lorry.

The 74-year-old who was helping the injured victims was flung into a ravine and killed when the stalled bus got hit a second time at KM341.9 of the North-South Expressway near Bidor by a container lorry.

Mangled wreckage: An expressway staff and a tow truck worker checking the damage on the bus near Bidor Sunday. Image courtesy of The Star.
Words of comfort: A policeman keeping a victim company as firemen fight to free her from under the wreckage of the express bus at KM341.9 of the North-South Expressway Sunday. Image courtesy of The Star.

Continue reading Updates #78

Updates #68

Updates #68

1. Letter: Upgrade facilities at stations now (The Star) – Lena Lim of Seremban complains about the inadequate facilities at the LRT and Komuter stations at the Bandar Tasik Selatan interchange.

2. Article: Homeless show their usefulness (The Star) – 22 homeless persons engaged in a gotong-royong community cleanup at the Klang Bus Stand recently.

TRANSIT: Apparently, we can assume (based on the headline) that homeless persons can be useful. We’re not proud of the tone of the article but it is public transport related.

more updates after the jump Continue reading Updates #68

An LRT for Ipoh???? (Update#1)

Updated with links to Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh website!

Recently, TRANSIT took note of this article which discussed a proposal for an LRT line to be constructed in Ipoh. We sort of “laughed it off” thinking that it could not be a serious proposal – given that Ipoh has a old, unreliable “system” of rattle-trap buses. But then this is Malaysia so who knows.

Cadangan bina LRT di Ipoh (Utusan)

IPOH 23 Julai – Penduduk bandar raya ini mungkin berpeluang menikmati perkhidmatan transit aliran ringan (LRT) seperti yang terdapat di Kuala Lumpur menjelang 2020 sekiranya cadangan mengenainya yang dimasukkan dalam Draf Rancangan Tempatan Ipoh 2020 menjadi kenyataan.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kesihatan, Kerajaan Tempatan, Hal Ehwal Pengguna, Alam Sekitar, Pengangkutan dan Hal Ehwal Bukan Islam negeri, Datuk Dr. Mah Hang Soon berkata, mengikut cadangan, perkhidmatan LRT itu bakal menghubungkan Meru Raya dan Menglembu dengan pusat bandar raya.

Katanya, Station 18 di Pengkalan, Simpang Pulai dan Tanjung Rambutan merupakan antara lokasi lain yang dicadangkan untuk diwujudkan stesen LRT.

”Draf berkenaan kini dipamerkan di lobi Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (MBI) serta Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa Perak bermula hari ini hingga 22 Ogos dari pukul 9 pagi hingga 4 petang setiap hari.

”Kami menggalakkan orang ramai untuk datang melihat dan memberikan maklum balas, cadangan atau bantahan mengenai Draf Rancangan Tempatan Ipoh 2020 supaya ia memenuhi kehendak mereka apabila diluluskan oleh kerajaan kelak,” katanya.

Beliau menyatakan demikian kepada pemberita selepas melancarkan Program Seranta dan Penyertaan Awam Draf Rancangan Tempatan Ipoh 2020 yang turut dihadiri Datuk Bandar Ipoh, Datuk Roshidi Hashim di sini hari ini.

Draf tersebut disediakan sejak 2007 dengan Kerajaan Persekutuan dan kerajaan negeri masing-masing menyediakan peruntukan sebanyak RM1.2 juta dan RM212,000 bagi tujuan tersebut.

Mengulas lanjut, Hang Soon yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Chenderiang berkata, pihaknya akan mengadakan siri jelajah untuk menunjukkan draf tersebut kepada warga bandar raya ini.

‘Orang ramai juga boleh melihat draf ini dengan mengakses laman web MBI di http://www.mbi.gov.my,” tambah beliau.

Beliau berkata, selain mewujudkan perkhidmatan LRT, cadangan pembinaan sebuah pusat pelupusan sampah seluas 224 hektar di Papan, dekat sini turut terdapat dalam draf berkenaan.

Untuk maklumat lanjut, warga kota boleh menghubungi Unit Perancangan Bandar MBI di talian 05-2083333 dan Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa di talian 05-5225780.


For further information or to file objections, please visit the following links:

Now, a look at the LRT proposal shows that the planners are looking into Transport Oriented Development (TOD) around the main stations and they have proposed two integrated transport terminals in Ipoh and Bandar Meru Raya. Unfortunately the Executive Summary gives no information about the justification for LRT – projected passenger demand, projected capacity, number of people who need to be moved, etc. – as opposed to another mode of rapid transit.

Just to show you why we are now a bit concerned, though… TRANSIT took note of this article in the Star newspaper today, in which a Gerakan representative comments on a proposal for an LRT line that is part of the Ipoh Draft Local Plan 2020 – the representative (like most people, we suppose) does not question the wisdom of spending money to build an LRT in a place that has no reliable, stable public transport network, but merely recommends that the planners figure out where the city centre is first.

Identify city centre first, says Gerakan (The Star)
Thursday August 19, 2010

IPOH: The state government must first identify where exactly the city centre is before implementing a light rail transit (LRT) service.

Perak Gerakan secretary See Tean Seng said the LRT service, proposed in the Ipoh Draft Local Plan 2020, lacked focus as the Ipoh City Council’s Town and Country Planning Department had failed to identify where Ipoh Central was.

TRANSIT: Er…who cares? We are surprised that See has questioned about the city centre (which is actually defined clearly in the draft plan) when he should be asking whether there is enough demand to justify the cost of LRT construction at RM250 million per km! Besides, we all know “Ipoh Sentral” would be at the Medan Kidd/Ipoh railway station. After all, no one would build a completely new railway station in the middle of a vibrant neighbourhood in the hope it would be successful — would they?

It was impossible, he said, to come up with any proposals before first deciding where the city centre was.

TRANSIT: How about deciding whether there is enough return to justify the investment?

In our opinion, the main business centre is now Greentown,” See told reporters here yesterday.

According to the draft plan, which is being displayed for public viewing until Sunday, the proposed LRT service would connect the city centre with Meru Raya, Menglembu, Station 18 in Pengkalan, Simpang Pulai and Tanjung Rambutan.


If you are an Ipoh resident, please plan your weekend around a viewing of the Draft Local Plan (can we assume that you have not done this already?) and do not forget to file your feedback/objections in the Objection Form. Public transport in Ipoh needs a lot more attention (especially in light of the arrival of the ETS service) but an LRT is not the solution that Ipoh needs (yet).

If you are interested though, check out TRANSIT’s proposal for transit corridors in the greater Ipoh area – and tell us where you think the public transport corridors would go (ideally) in Ipoh.

And just so you know, Ipoh’s main railway station and Medan Kidd bus terminal are going to be the “Ipoh Sentral” … but why stop there. There will be an Integrated Transport Terminal in Meru Raya and many developments projected for future LRT stations.

Maybe, if planned properly and appropriately, a new “rapid transit” system would bring life and economic activity back to Ipoh.

KTM Update: ETS to start 12 August?

TRANSIT has found out that the Electric Train Service (ETS) between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh is likely to start operations on 12 August 2010.

This will be exactly 15 years and 9 days since the first electric train service in Malaysia, the KTM Komuter, started operations (on 3 August 1995).

The main ticketing offices for the ETS as well as the “Railcafe” lounges will be located at the Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh railway stations. There will also be a ticketing office at KL Sentral railway station.

Image of the ETS Ticketing office and Rail Cafe at Kuala Lumpur railway station. Image courtesy of @TWK90.
ETS ticketing office at KL Sentral station near the Genting ticketing office. Image courtesy of @TWK90.

Type of service:
The ETS will operate two services – an Express service (in red on the route map below) stopping at a limited number of stations, and a Transit service (blue hexagon on the route map below) that stops at all stations between Rawang and Ipoh.

Route Map of future ETS Express (red) and Transit (blue) services
Route Map of future ETS Express (red) and Transit (blue) services. Image courtesy of TRANSIT

It is likely that the express service will operate using 1 or 2 trains and the transit service will operate using the remaining trains (out of the fleet of 5). What is not known is the effect of this service on the existing shuttle trains. KTM may also consider using the diesel shuttle trains for the Transit service and reserving the electric trains for Express service – this would allow them to offer a very frequent and reliable and smooth electric express service.

Service hours:
Trains will operate between 5 am and 11pm. We have no further details yet about the train timetable.

It is expected that the fare will be RM30-35 for the express service, with a lower fare for the Transit service. We at TRANSIT find this interesting, because the KLIA Express Rail Link also charges RM35 for a trip (whether Express or Transit) but the trip to KLIA is far shorter than the trip to Ipoh. We hope that the RM30-35 fare will allow KTM to make a reasonable return on the cost of the ETS operations.  And perhaps we should be seeing a reduction in the fare of the KLIA Express (or at least the KLIA transit) service.


Frankly, we think that it is wonderful that the ETS service is starting operations soon – of course, we would have been much happier if it started on 12 (or 31) August 2007 – which could have happened if the government had purchased the trains when the electrification and double tracking project was started.

The presence of the ETS will make a big difference almost right away. Since August 11 is the expected first day of Ramadan, public transport users will benefit from the ETS for travel to the towns between KL and Ipoh. Imagine the Balik Kampung period – it will take perhaps 3-4 hours for a trip by car between KL and Ipoh, while train service will take 2 hours or so.

We will share more details about the ETS as they become available. Until then, we are looking forward to the opening of the service and a positive future for KTMB and KTM passengers.

Now…what is going to be done about public transport service in Perak, especially Ipoh?

KTM Update: Issues with KTM Railway Lands

TRANSIT took note of two articles related to the use of the former railway lands from the first rail line built in Malaysia, at Kuala Sepetang near Taiping.

The lands were alienated for railway use in the early 19th century as part of the original line from Taiping to Port Weld. Railway services along the line stopped in 1941, and squatter families which have been living along the lands have been facing issues since then.

Earlier this year, Minister of Transport Ong Tee Keat announced that the cabinet had agreed to delineating the land and giving it up. According to the Attorney General, the land has a value of RM37 million.

However, Perak Menteri Besar Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir has stated that he will not pay a single sen for the lands.


The story of the railway lands is a very interesting one. No matter what happens, a priceless piece of Malaysia’s railway heritage has been lost.

At the same time, the government must provide for the people – if they cannot or will not use the land for public transport (we bet it would be great for a tram-train service) then they should use it for affordable housing.

The Ministry of Transport and the Perak government should not turn this into a political issue. The land has value and should not be transfered for free, but the compensation demanded should be low.

Updates #17


Updates #17

1. TRANSIT is going to Malacca this weekend with the intention of submitting comments about the proposed Malacca Aerorail. If you are a resident of Malacca or you just care about real investment in public transport, please submit your comments about the Aerorail.

2. Malacca Monorail (Skyscrapercity.com) – Aside from the Aerorail there is also a 2-station mini-monorail (theme park monorail) being planned for Malacca city, to reach from Taman Rampah to the Malacca Eye.

The monorail track is 1.6 km long and will connect two stations namely Jebat Station at Taman Rempah and Tuah Station near the Melaka Eye. Each station is about 2,500 sq. ft in area and will be built at about 7.2 meters above the ground.

The monorail train can also accommodate 80 passengers at any one time and it will travel at a ground speed of about 12km per hour only.

A tourist monorail for a overwhelmingly tourist city.

3. TRANSPORT COSTS: Johor needs an LRT system (NST) – a letter commenting on the issues of public transport fare increases, the general state of public transport service in Johor, and the need for an LRT.

4. More photos and videos of the new Vancouver SkyTrain (the Buzzer Blog)  – Curious about the other cities using the Bombardier ART Technology?  Vancouver, British Columbia (in Canada) purchased the Mark II design after Kuala Lumpur. They are expanding service on the Millenium Line by purchasing more Mark II carriages. The link has many images and videos that you will find interesting.

5. Travelers in Malaysia ditch buses for planes (Malaysian Insider) – this article discusses a shift in markets from intercity buses to planes following the expansion of flights in South East Asia from the Open Skies Agreement.  It also goes to show you that competition can reduce prices and make service more available to the consumer.  At the same time, competition can drive companies to skimp on quality and maintenance to cut costs – one of the very problems that is driving people away from using intercity buses.

6. Letter: Set up central authority to boost public transport (The Star) – this letter questions the decline in public transport use despite construction of more LR T lines and advocates a central authority to understand the reasons for the decline and to help reverse it.

7. State govt plans to rescue ailing bus companies (The Star) – The Perak State government is looking for solutions to help bus companies.

8. Bus service to Ipoh resumes (NST) – the bus service from Tebing Tinggi to Ipoh will resume after 8 years.