THE public are encouraged to give their ideas and feedback about the Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit (IMBRT) project throughout its pilot testing programme.
IMBRT head Rudyanto Azhar said a dedicated gallery had been set up at Anjung in Medini, Iskandar Puteri, in conjunction with the project’s three-month pilot testing.
“I am sure the public feels excited now that the project is finally here, especially after hearing about it since 2016.
“The gallery will be open until June 30.
“There will be route information and project details available to let people have a better understanding and instil confidence regarding the IMBRT when the project rolls out in 2023.
“We will have staff available at the gallery as well to answer any question and clarify any doubt people may have, ” he said during the IMBRT media familiarisation session in Iskandar Puteri.
The system covers a total of 2,043km with three main lines, namely Iskandar Puteri, Skudai and Tebrau, with 44 direct routes and 55 feeder routes.
Rudyanto said the IMBRT drivers would need to undergo training to drive the electric buses, which were operated differently compared to diesel buses.
“We have made it a requirement for the bus drivers to be Malaysians, so this will open up job opportunities for locals.
“Besides that, the high-tech facilities also mean that more high-level skilled jobs will be available to Malaysians, ” he said.
He disclosed that Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) was also in talks with Johor Baru CIty Council and Iskandar Puteri City Council about improving facilities.
“The councils have been positive about our suggestions on providing sheltered walkways, wheelchair-friendly sidewalks and ensuring a well-lit environment leading up to the IMBRT stations to provide more comfort and safety for commuters, ” he added.
The pilot testing programme, which kicked off on April 8, will see the involvement of nine bus suppliers from four countries including Malaysia, demonstrating the latest green technology such as electric and biodiesel buses.
The participating suppliers will showcase buses ranging from 6m and 12m to 32m, with the testing programme conducted by Irda along the Sultan Iskandar Highway between Horizon Hills and Anjung in Medini.
The project is a strategic national initiative to develop a reliable and convenient bus transit system to improve accessibility and enhance the quality of life of the communities in Iskandar Malaysia.
It is Malaysia’s first comprehensive state-level implementation of a BRT system in the country and will serve as a backbone of the public transportation infrastructure in Iskandar Malaysia.
Those interested to give their suggestions about the project can also send an email to email@example.com or get in touch through IMBRT’s social media channels.
The IMBRT gallery is open from 9am to 5pm, Sunday to Thursday.
For details, visit www.imbrt.com.my