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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.

Continue reading KiDEx facing legal roadblock with @pjcitycouncil

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.

Continue reading Will unilateral approval of KiDEx fracture the Selangor Government?

Why is the MPK using the North Klang bus terminal for a night market, instead of a bus terminal? And why hasn’t the Selangor Government stepped in?

TRANSIT took note of this interesting and disturbing article about the introduction of a night market at the site of the old North Klang bus terminal, which was closed in late 2007 when Klang Sentral was opened.

The irony, of course, is that the bus area remains closed to buses – despite the fact that most buses that serve Klang town have returned to the North Klang bus terminal area, and Klang residents have called on the MPK to improve amenities and facilities.

What makes it worse is that in 4 years, the Selangor government has not stepped in to improve public transport in Klang, reopening the North Klang bus terminal and introducing new services. In addition, SPAD has not stepped in and resolved the issue, despite entreaties from TRANSIT, who recommended to SPAD that solving the Klang Sentral and North Klang bus terminal issues was the best place for them to get started.

The resolution of the North Klang bus terminal issue is going to be a major factor in any improvement to public transport in the west Klang Valley.

Flea market draws flak (The Star)

Saturday February 18, 2012
Story and photos by ELAN PERUMAL
elan@thestar.com.my

THE Klang Municipal Council’s decision to approve the Nadi Kota Uptown flea market at the site of the former North Klang bus terminal has not gone down well with traders in the area.

The North Klang bus terminal remains closed, but buses and passengers still gather on Jalan Pos. Image courtesy of The Star.

They feel that the council’s decision to approve the market which operates from 10pm to 4am daily is not a good idea.

The traders said this was because the bus terminal issue had not been resolved yet after the move to Klang Sentral in Meru four years ago. Continue reading Why is the MPK using the North Klang bus terminal for a night market, instead of a bus terminal? And why hasn’t the Selangor Government stepped in?

‘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

More community buses for Selangor? When and how?

TRANSIT took note of this article which focuses on the discussion of the upcoming Selangor state budget and related public consultations.

In one of the discussions, a proposal was made to expand on community shuttle bus services using the model from Petaling Jaya.

Although the article suggests that the Housing & Local Government Minister Ronnie Liu was in favour of the idea, there remain many questions about whether or not the Selangor government will be able to dvelop the proper administrative structures and put the proper steps into motion to make this happen.

Frankly based on what little we have see from the Selangor government over the past 3 years, we do not know what to expect.

Community bus service for other councils (The Star)
Wednesday June 29, 2011
By CHRISTINA LOW

MORE local councils in Selangor may have to introduce community buses to curb traffic congestion in their areas, state Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Ronnie Liu said.

Liu said local councils must be more creative in solving the prevailing problem that affected the people.

One suggestion at the Selangor Budget Dialogue for Public Transportation and Traffic Congestion within Local Council areas was to implement the community bus system.

Free service: The PJ community bus has been operating since August 2008 and can accommodate 33 passengers. Image courtesy of The Star.

Continue reading More community buses for Selangor? When and how?

TRANSIT’s prediction comes to life. Sadly, Klang is becoming a “pass-through” town

TRANSIT has always had a soft spot for Klang town, despite what people may think. Aside from the food (different options for different people) and the culture, Klang Town is the nearest thing we can find in the Klang Valley to an “urban” town with heritage and cultural traditions.

Certainly there are areas of Kuala Lumpur that are “urban” in the sense that they have pedestrian-scale streets bustling with people. Similar areas can also be found in other towns in the Klang Valley – like Kajang, Petaling Jaya and parts of Ampang.

But none of these areas have the history and independence that Klang does.

And this is why we at TRANSIT have always made an effort to ensure that the urban character and heritage of Klang is retained. Unfortunately, it seems that the Selangor Government and MPK just does not agree. Through their (probably well-meaning) actions, with short term responses to long-term issues, they have managed to hollow out the urban core of North Klang and replace what was once a thriving, pedestrian oriented commercial centre with congestion, poor public transport, and dying businesses.

The worst thing about this is that TRANSIT predicted this would happen years ago, when we first learned of plans to close the North Klang bus terminal and build a flyover through the centre of town. Continue reading TRANSIT’s prediction comes to life. Sadly, Klang is becoming a “pass-through” town

Putrajaya overrules Prasarana for a third time. (Update #2)

  • Update: At least one wakil rakyat has chosen to speak up so we decided to change the title of our post. Guess who it is? No point, as you already know that it is Tony Pua (since no other wakil rakyat really appear to follow these finance issues, let alone speak up)!
  • Update: According to this article, the contract has actually been awarded to Colas, instead of the Bombardier-Hartasuma-SNC Lavalin consortium. However, the issues of transparency still stand. See the updated post below!

‘He that pays the piper calls (chooses) the tune’

That phrase is a simple explanation of who has authority in life … it’s often those with the money. TRANSIT takes note that the Finance Ministry (the one “paying the piper”) has ‘called the tune’ for a third time, (overruling a tender-evaluation decision made by Prasarana and awarding contracts to ‘unsuccessful’ companies).

The first time this was done was the selection of the ‘Independent’ Check Engineer for the MRT project. The second time was when the government overruled Prasarana’s pre-qualifications criteria (described as “biased” by Malay-rights group Perkasa).

Now the government has overruled Prasarana’s decision on the Kelana Jaya LRT extension, and [TRANSIT: we should have added “apparently” here] awarded the contract to a consortium of Bombardier, Hartasuma and SNC Lavalin – a decision that will increase the cost of the LRT extension, put an additional burden on Malaysian taxpayers for generations to come, and allow foreign companies and their local partners to profit handily on the backs of the Malaysian public.

Putrajaya overrules Prasarana, takes pricier LRT extension deal (Malaysian Insider, 17 June 2011)
By Jahabar Sadiq
Editor

A source said Hartasuma-Bombardier’s bid of RM890 million is almost 50 per cent higher than that of the lowest bid — frohsz de pic.

KUALA LUMPUR June 17 — A Finance Ministry committee has ignored the city’s light rail transit LRT operator’s recommendation for the Kelana Jaya line extension project by awarding it to a company whose project price of RM890 million is almost 50 per cent higher than that of the lowest bid. Continue reading Putrajaya overrules Prasarana for a third time. (Update #2)

Not another ‘terminal’ fail(ure)

TRANSIT took note of three interesting articles in the past week that have detailed more of the disappointing failures of bus terminals in Malaysia.

We also note that the phrase “epic fail” has become commonly used by people throughout the world (well, at least the online, social-networking world) to described major failures that occur.

Instead of “epic fail” TRANSIT introduces to you the “terminal fail” – terminal in this case referring to the bus terminal as well as the “terminal” state of our bus terminals (and to some extent, our public transport industry).

When a public transport terminal becomes a hypermarket (and the news is reported in the “community announcements” section of a major media outlet, that is a “terminal fail”. When a poorly-located terminal operating since December 2008 still cannot attract customers (after shutting down one major section), that is a “terminal fail”. And when an old, classic and well-located bus terminal cannot find new customers and is in danger of closing down because its future has not been planned for, that too is a “terminal fail.”

So let’s take a look at what is going on, shall we? Continue reading Not another ‘terminal’ fail(ure)

Klang Sentral tenants want better deal. So do public transport users!

TRANSIT took note of this Hotline Story in the Malay Mail which brings back an old issue – Klang Sentral.

Klang Sentral tenants want better deal (Malay Mail, 16 May 2011)
Low passenger count, single entry/exit system irk bus operators
CECILIA VICTOR
Monday, May 16th, 2011 11:14:00

Where are all the buses? Klang Sentral was supposed to be a busy bus hub. Image courtesy of the Malay Mail.

OUTSTATION bus operators at the Klang Sentral bus terminal in Jalan Meru, which opened in December 2008, are still struggling with low volume of passengers and are upset with the station’s management over the one-entry, one-exit system.

Although the 25 bus operators there have lodged complaints with the management, they claim their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Continue reading Klang Sentral tenants want better deal. So do public transport users!

No bus for you, Sabak Barnam!

TRANSIT took note of this article in the Star, stating that bus service in Sabak Barnam has been shut down since the beginning of May.

Sabak Bernam folk have no bus to go anywhere (The Star)
Saturday May 21, 2011

CITY Liner has stopped bus services between Sabak Bernam and Kuala Selangor since May leaving thousands of residents, school children and the public facing transport woes.

Sabak Bernam PAS Supporters Club president S.N. Paramasivam said stopping the service had created problems for the local community with most having difficulty going to work and school.

He told Malaysia Nanban that most of them were having difficulty in going to work and school with many having to depend on friends or taxis.

TRANSIT Says:

And so it begins. And despite the promises from SPAD CEO Syed Hamid Albar that SPAD will help, it does not appear that a solution is going to be found soon to the problem of bus operators shutting down because they cannot afford the operational costs.

But we have to wonder … are operational costs the only reason why services are being cut? Or is PMBOA responding to SPAD’s new expectations (re-registration, higher fines, SHE Code & maintenance standards) with an attempt at stonewalling by reducing bus service? After all, where is the proof that the cost of fuel, spare parts, insurance & labour are “spiraling” or “skyrocketing” or “increasing at an otherwise rapid pace”? We know, for example, that diesel costs have not changed in 2 years and the upcoming increase will not affect buses.

Or maybe, PMBOA’s predictions of doom were real and accurate, and sadly ignored by a government that is just too focused on getting the MRT project going?

We at TRANSIT expect that new SPAD COO Azhar Ahmad will find ways to resolve these issues – through public consultation, better planning, and involving local government and the public in the development process.