JOHOR BARU: The sale of express bus tickets at the Larkin Sentral Terminal here is still slow although the Chinese New Year holidy is less than a month away.
Damansara Assets Sdn Bhd, Larkin Sentral senior manager (Building) Yakop Haron, however, is optimistic that sales would pick up soon.
“Tickets are usually only sold out two weeks before Chinese New Year celebration, so there is still time, ’’ he said.
Yakop said so far 3,942 tickets had been sold to destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Muar via the centralised ticketing system (CTS) at the terminal.
“There are still about 40,000 tickets available to all destinations in the peninsula as well as to Hatyai, Thailand, ’’ he said.
Yakop expects that many Malaysians from other states working in Singapore will come to the terminal to book their tickets on weekends.
He said some planning to go back to their hometowns during the Chinese New Year holiday started buying their
tickets when they were made available online or at the CTS from Dec 20 last year.
Yakop said prices of tickets sold at the CTS remained the same, adding that express bus operators might increase the prices, subject to approval from the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD).
He said if necessary, there would be at least 50 additional buses at the terminal to cater to last-minute bookings but that was subject to the issuance of temporary bus permits by APAD.
Yakop said that based on previous statistics, the number of express bus commuters at the terminal could reach up to 11,000 daily during major festivals compared to 7,500 commuters on normal days.
He said the number of taxi passengers also increased from 300 people daily on normal days to 500 passengers, including those going to Singapore, during major celebrations.
“We have about 60 companies operating express buses and six stage bus operators selling tickets using our CTS, ’’ said Yakop.
He said statistics showed that CTS had helped to eliminate up to 95% of ticket touts since the system’s introduction.
“The system is more convenient for bus commuters as they can clearly see tickets available and the schedules, ’’ he added.
Tickets are usually only sold out two weeks before Chinese New Year celebration so there is still time. - Yakop Haron
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