PUBLIC transport connectivity in the Klang Valley is improving by the day.
Smart Selangor has launched three additional routes in Klang while in Taman Bukit Maluri, Kepong, the public bus service has been restored after having stopped for three decades.
Klangites will now be able to travel for free on public transport to a bigger part of the royal town with the launch of three new routes for the Smart Selangor free bus.
The routes named KLG 3A, KLG 3B and KLG 4 cover areas from Taman Sri Andalas to Klang town, Bandar Putara to Jalan Sungai Jati, and Jalan Meru to Kapar, respectively.
Similar to the existing KLG 1 introduced in 2016 and KLG 2 last year, the aim is to reduce the number of private vehicles on the road and reduce traffic congestion in town.
“We have received positive feedback from users since the launch of the first two routes and there have been requests to introduce more routes to cover a larger area in town, ” said Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Datuk Mohd Yasid Bidin during the launch at Dewan Hamzah in Klang.
He said the ridership for the first two routes, which cover Jalan Batu Tiga Lama to Jalan Pos Baru and Jalan Meru, has exceeded 5.2 million passengers to date.
The two routes are served by four buses each.
Meanwhile, the new routes will be served by two buses each, operating from 6am to 10pm at 30-minute intervals.
The buses can take a maximum of 60 passengers at any one time, is disabled-friendly and has free WiFi.
“If you look at the route map, we have included stops at schools, hospitals, markets, shopping centres and other public places as most of the passengers are schoolchildren and locals who need to go to these places, ” said Yasid.
He highlighted that 76 schools were located along the routes plied by the Smart Selangor buses.
He said MPK was looking to add more routes in the future, to make the whole town better connected.
“If you see before and after school hours, the buses are always packed with students.
“There are certain hours where foreigners use the free bus as it passes through industrial areas, ” he added.
Also present to launch the three new routes was state local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han, who urged more people to start using public transport to get around.
“We need to change people’s aversion to taking public transportation. In other countries, a lot of the population commute by public buses and trains, ” he said.
Ng added that it was the state’s aim to achieve a 60:40 public transport-to-private vehicle ratio by 2035.
The Selangor government also plans to integrate public transportation in the state by having more free buses to fill the gaps where there is no service currently.
As of July, the Smart Selangor free bus service has recorded a
ridership of more than 38 million passengers statewide and the total cost spent to date is RM78.6mil.
For the service in Klang alone, Ng said RM8,188,218 had been spent since 2016.
“It costs RM800 per day to run one bus, ” he said, adding that there were more than 130 free buses servicing 41 routes in Selangor.
Passengers can download the Selangor Intelligent Transport System application to check the schedule and location of the bus stop nearest to them.
Public bus service has finally returned to Taman Bukit Maluri, Kepong, after an absence of almost 30 years.
Selangor Bus has started servicing the area, plying between the housing estate and Medan Pasar, Chow Kit and Pudu.
The new bus service was launched by Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh with Residents Council Representative (MPP) Segambut constituency Sub Zone 1 chairman Datuk Seri Yap Keow Keong, Taman Bukit Maluri Residents Association (RA) committee members and residents.
It follows six months of discussions and meetings with multiple parties, including the Land Public Transport Agency.
Yeoh said the MPP representative and Taman Bukit Maluri RA had approached her last year for help to reinstate public bus service to the residential area.
There are seven additional stations along the bus route from Taman Bukit Maluri to Pudu, starting at Jalan Bukit Maluri 8, passing through Jalan Burung Jentayu, Jalan Burung Terukur, Jalan Burung Enggang and Jalan Burung Kasawari junction, and Jalan Bukit Maluri 5 where it will link up with the existing nine bus stops towards the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Yap said residents were very grateful for the new bus service.
“The bus service around the area was discontinued over 30 years ago because residents at the time were not utilising it, but now the need has arisen and we are finally able to get the service back, ” he added.
Selangor Bus officially started servicing Taman Bukit Maluri on Sept 2.
Yeoh said both SK and SMK Taman Bukit Maluri were on the service route.
“It will especially benefit students and senior citizens who travel short distances, ” she added.
Sharifah Ahmad, 60, who has been a resident of Taman Bukit Maluri for more than 30 years, is relieved to get the bus service.
“With this service, transportation will no longer be a problem for senior citizens.
“We need it to go to the clinic and schoolchildren can take it to school, ” she added.
The buses are equipped with a ramp and space for the wheelchair-bound.
The Selangor T121 bus service starts at 5.45am from the first stop which is at the Jalan Bukit Maluri 8 and Jalan Burung Jentayu junction, heading towards Lebuh Pudu.
The bus will make a round trip every one hour.
Senior citizens and students are entitled to a 50% discount on the fare while children below seven travel for free. Senior citizens are requested to register with Selangor Bus for concession tickets.