Minibus service takes over two routes with low ridership


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2020

(From left) Liu, Fong, Ng, Dr Rohana and Mohd Fauzi at the launch of the Smart Selangor coaster bus service in Sepang.

SEPANG residents can now commute with ease within the municipality using the newly launched Smart Selangor Coaster bus service.

The free bus service which started on Jan 1 was the first initiative by Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) to benefit people living in Sepang and Selangor.

A coaster is a minibus that can seat up to 30 people.

The event was launched by state local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han.

He said the idea to provide coaster buses was mooted in 2018 during a state public transport committee meeting and due to the low ridership for the Seroja BBST-Cyberjaya Bus Terminal (SPG3) and Seroja BBST-IOI City Mall Terminal (SPG4) routes.

“These minibuses are effective and fulfil the requirements by MP Sepang.

“Other local authorities should follow suit to make public transport the main mode of transportation, ” said Ng.

Going on the concept of “First Mile Last Mile”, the two coaster buses will use the SPG3 and SPG4 routes where passengers will be dropped off at the Serdang Hospital lobby and the mall lobby due the small size of the buses, instead of the Smart Selangor bus stop located 200m away.

MPSepang president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim said the free Smart Selangor bus service in Sepang started in May 16,2016.

“Following the overwhelming response from the Smart Selangor buses, Sepang now has four routes covering from SPG1 (Klinik Kesihatan Tanjung Sepat-KLIA 2) to SPG 4.

“The council will always seek to improve the free bus services via suggestions from residents, ” he said.

SPG2 covers Taman Seroja BBST-KLIA2. The coaster buses are equipped with CCTVs, global positioning system (GPS) and WiFi services.

Also present were MPSepang deputy president Muhammad Hafiz Shaari, Serdang Hospital director Dr Rohana Johan, Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, Sungai Pelek assemblyman Ronnie Liu, IOI City Mall complex general manager Chris Chong and SKS Coachbuilders Sdn Bhd director Soo Kam Chun.

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