PARK-and-ride facilities may be built along the new Kajang-Putrajaya route of the free Smart Selangor bus to encourage more motorists to take the bus.
Two new routes were launched on March 1 which are KJ 04 and KJ 05. Both start from Kompleks Hentian Kajang, but one ends in Dataran Gemilang, Putrajaya and the other at Bandar Baru Bangi.
Kajang Municipal Council deputy president Najmuddin Jemain said although there were only a few commuters using the buses now, there was demand for the service.
“Our target group is government servants working in Putrajaya. Those who have been using the bus service are thankful as they no longer need to drive.
“So, we are looking at upgrading the service by providing parking spaces near the bus stops to enable commuters to park and take the bus instead. However, it will also depend on allocation and suitability.
“I was also told that many were confused with the bus schedule. Government servants need to be at work at a specific time and with Putrajaya being the last stop, they may be late if the bus arrives late at their stop,” he said after a full board meeting.
Najmuddin also acknowledged the severe rise in dengue cases in Selangor and explained that the state government was preparing for a mass gotong-royong session involving all local authorities, to clean up the surroundings on April 21.
“Until March 16, total cases in Selangor is 18,626 with 18 deaths.
“Hulu Langat district is the third highest with 3,310 cases and six deaths, which is a 274.5% increase from 2018 during the same period which recorded 1,206 cases.
“The total number of cases in Kajang is 2,476 and five deaths. There are 82 localities with dengue cases in Kajang, out of which 21 are hotspots,” he said. — By VIJENTHI NAIR