THE Negri Sembilan government has relaunched a free bus shuttle service in Seremban after a similar initiative introduced in 2007 lasted just a few months due to poor response.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said the daily service, which starts at 5.45am and ends at 8.45pm, was introduced to help reduce traffic congestion in town, among other reasons.
“This is also one way to help the people reduce their cost of living.
“The service will run through places people frequent such as the wet market, post office, hospital, clinics, KTM station and the Employees Provident Fund office,” he said at the launch.
Aminuddin said the service would be expanded to other areas in town if demand is high.
“The natural gas-powered bus will run every 30 minutes during peak hours and end at 8.45pm.
“During off-peak periods, there will be one every hour,” he said, adding that the state government had set aside RM300,000 for the free bus service until the end of the year.
The former Barisan Nasional government had introduced a similar service in October 2007 but it was discontinued in May the
following year due to poor response from the public.
The service provided by Seremban Municipal Council covered almost a similar route.
The council then paid RM25,000 a month for the service, which also ran through tourist areas such as the state museum and Taman Seni Budaya Arts complex along Jalan Sungai Ujong.
Aminuddin said the buses for the relaunched service were new, disabled-friendly and could accommodate up to 65 passengers at any one time.
“If response is good, we will consider expanding it to other areas such as Seremban 2 where we have several government departments and agencies,” he said.
Aminuddin said his administration would also conduct a study to see if a similar service was required in other districts in the state.