JOHOR BARU: Those who want to use the Bas Muafakat Johor would need to register online to obtain a card to enjoy the free service.
Johor Local Government and Housing committee chairman Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi said a total of 1,900 people have already registered.
Adults would be charged RM10 for the card, senior citizens, disabled people and children between the ages of seven and 17 years are charged RM5 while for those aged six and below, it would be free.
He said the public transport system is expected to improve following the RM11mil allocation to make bus services free for all within the Iskandar Malaysia area.
Abdul Latiff said the Bas Muafakat Johor is a collaboration between four local authorities namely the Johor Baru City Council, Johor Baru Central Municipal Council, Pasir Gudang Municipal Council and Kulai Municipal Council.
He said the free bus service would be launched by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin next month and it is expected to benefit about 200,000 people.
“We have appointed two bus companies and the programme is coordinated by the Johor Public Transportation Corporation (PAJ),” he said, adding there would be about 30 buses serving 15 routes.
Abdul Latiff said the free bus service would help alleviate the burden of residents in the city who face a higher cost of living.
“Studies show a public transport user would be able to save up to RM150 per month,” he said.
The free bus service is also aimed at getting people to leave their vehicles at home and take public transport, he said, adding this would ease traffic congestion.
Those interested to obtain the card can register online at www.basmuafakatjohor.com or contact the toll free hotline at 1300-22-3700 or by visiting the PAJ office.