KUALA LUMPUR City Hall (DBKL) plans to expand two to four new GoKL bus routes this year.
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said increasing the service would bring multiple benefits, including addressing the traffic congestion in the city and indirectly lowering the cost of living for city folk.
“It encourages people to take public transport to work, eliminating the need to maintain or even own a car.
“We are introducing this not because of popularity but mostly so that it reduces vehicles on the roads in the city centre,” he said when launching the GoKL bus route from LRT Universiti to People’s Housing Project (PPR) Sri Pantai at PPR Pantai Ria, Kuala Lumpur.
The LRT Universiti to PPR Sri Pantai GoKL route, also called the Pink Line, covers 7.3km and has 12 stops.
The stops include LRT Universiti, Masjid Ar Rahman, Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium, Pantai IPD, SK Bangsar, KTM Angkasapuri, PPR Seri Cempaka, PPR Pantai Ria, PPR Seri Pantai, Taman Bukit Angkasa (Jalan Pantai Permai), Bangsar South (Jalan Kerinchi) and Nexus Bangsar South.
Four buses will be available for the route in 15-minute intervals.
“These routes target high population density areas, especially (those covering) the B40 income group.
“We have allocated RM20mil for the free GoKL bus services and it is estimated that each route costs about RM3mil per year.
“This is in line with the Government’s plan to create more transit-oriented development by 2040,” Khalid said.
He, however, did not reveal which areas would be covered in the proposed new bus routes, adding that DBKL was still studying the matter.
“We are hoping that each parliamentary constituency can benefit from GoKL bus services in the future,” he said.
The fifth GoKL route from Titiwangsa Hub to Mindef which was launched last month recorded 32,514 ridership from March 1 to 21.
It had more than 1,500 passengers per day.
Also present at the launch were Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan, Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil and Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd chief executive Muhammad Yazurin Sallij. – By JAROD LIM