Exco member: Public must feel safe using bus after pandemic

Fewer people are using the bus after the Covid-19 pandemic hit. — Filepic

PUBLIC bus ridership in Selangor has dropped by more than half compared to before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, based on RapidKL statistics.

Selangor local government and public transport committee chairman Ng Sze Han said one of the reasons for this could be that people found other means such as buying new vehicles during that time for fear of the coronavirus.

“This causes additional traffic on the roads.

“The people should be allowed more time to get back their confidence in public transport.

“Local authorities should also play their part in encouraging the people to take public transport,” he said.

He was replying to a supplementary question by Mohd Shaid Rosli (Pejuang-Jeram) on Smart Selangor bus ridership.

Ng also said that three new Smart Selangor bus routes, namely Pandamaran Jaya, Telok Gong and Pulau Indah, would be considered in Port Klang.

Extension of bus routes to these three areas, he said, would be discussed further.

“We constantly monitor and improve Smart Selangor buses and their routes based on ridership and public demand.

“Local authorities also assist in providing relevant information such as the needed improvements as well as cancelling less popular routes,” he added.

Ng said this in his reply to a question from Azmizam Zaman Huri (PH-Pelabuhan Klang) on the Smart Selangor bus routes in Port Klang.

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