Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) free PJ City Bus service will be expanding its area coverage to include SS2, as well as parts of Section 17 and 19, beginning April 11 onwards.
Termed “PJ02”, the route begins from the Taman Jaya LRT station, and heads into Jalan Semangat, and covers the major SS2 roads, before turning into Jalan Universiti, stopping at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) on its first leg.
PJ02’s return leg includes the Employee Provident Fund (KWSP) building and SK La Salle on Jalan Gasing, before turning into Jalan Changgai, Jalan Sultan and Jalan Barat.
The announcement of the new PJ02 service route was made at the Jalan SS2/55 bus stop in front of the Poh Kong jewellery store in SS2’s commercial district.
MBPJ Engineering director Ismail Shafie also announced that the council would also be refurbishing its bus stops and expanding connectivity to be more disabled people-friendly, beginning with the Jalan SS2/55 shelter itself.
This service route was broken off from the original PJ01 City Bus route, which measured 28km in road distance, and serviced the Section 14 (Jalan Semangat) and UMMC area then.
According to MBPJ councillor for SS2 Lee Suet Sen, the expansion of the service was due to the overwhelming response to the City Bus service, which debuted on May 1 last year.
“We are only utilising the 10 RapidBus vehicles, which will run from 6am to 9pm,” said Lee, and as such, the frequency would be a bus every 25 minutes.
According to Ismail, ridership on the PJ01 service had increased, from 3,500 passengers a day to 8,000.