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Thursday October 20, 2011

Klang Bus Stand to cease operations

BEGINNING its operation in the 70s to serve the transportation needs of Klang Valley travellers, the Pasarama Kota or better known as the Klang Bus Stand in Kuala Lumpur will be closed from Nov 1 to make way for the construction of the MY Rapid Transit (MRT) project.

All bus services operating from inside the bus terminal will cease operations after the departure for their last trip on Oct 31 and begin operating from new designated locations the following day.

One bus company operating from Jalan Sultan outside Pasarama Kota will also relocate its operations.

Iconic structure: The Klang Bus Stand will soon make way for the MRT project.

All passengers heading to Klang, Port Klang and Banting will have to board their buses at Pudu Sentral (formerly known as Puduraya) beginning Nov 1, after the relocation.

These buses will not be allowed to pick up passengers from any other bus stop in the city centre.

The closure of Pasarama Kota is to facilitate the construction of the new underground Pasar Seni MRT station.

The new MRT station will integrate with the existing Pasar Seni LRT station where passengers can switch from the LRT to the MRT and vice-versa without needing to leave the system or buy new tickets.

Upon completion of the MRT project in 2016, a new bus terminal is expected to be constructed at this location.

Built in the 1970s, the Klang bus station has changed different managements throughout resulting in one reason why it was not properly developed.

However, the symbolic bus stand was an important hub that provided intracity transportation for routes in and around the Klang Valley.

A Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) spokesman said it would release further details concerning the relocation in the weeks to come.

SPAD also apologises for any inconvenience caused to commuters and the public.

Commuters can from the respective bus operators — RapidKL: 03-7885 2585, Cityliner: 03-5512 9434 and Causeway Link: 07-360 2244.

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