RANGKAIAN Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (Rapid KL) chief operating officer (bus operations) Mohd Ali Mohd Nor recently said that the launch of the new bus network service in Klang, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Damansara, Petaling Jaya and Puchong (Areas 5 and 6) had been postponed from Sept 16 to Sept 23.
He said this at a dialogue session chaired by Petaling Jaya Utara MP Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun. Present at the session were various Rukun Tetangga and Residents Association representatives, as well as Petaling Jaya (PJ) residents.
The session was aimed at introducing the new bus network service around the PJ area, and providing an opportunity for the residents to voice out their problems concerning Rapid KL’s services.
“We need 250 new buses to commence the new bus network service, but we have received only 100. We are expecting more to arrive next week and after that approval for the necessary documents must be obtained for each bus before they are put on the roads,” said Mohd Ali.
He apologised to all Rapid KL users, especially those in PJ Utara, as the frequency has deteriorated lately due to a shortage of buses because of several old buses breaking down.
He assured commuters that steps were being taken to rectify the problem.
Mohd Ali added that the company would be planting 1,258 new bus stops with information panels in Areas 5 and 6 before the launch, and was working on creating proper shelter designs for the bus stops and hubs.
Under the PJ Utara bus network, there will be 13 local shuttle routes with eight routes to and from LRT stations, and one trunk line plying into Damansara from Bandar Utama to KL Sentral.
The local shuttle routes are 613, 614, 615, 616, 620, 622, 623, 624, 625, 626, 627, 628 and 629, while the trunk line route is T82.
Route 613 will service areas in Sections 6, 7 and 8 in Kota Damansara, Damansara Uptown and Bandar Utama, while Route 614 will connect Sections 4 and 5 in Kota Damansara to Bandar Utama.
Route 615 will link various areas in Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Damansara Uptown to Bandar Utama, while Route 616 will ply from Damansara Utama to Kampung Kerinchi.
Route 620 will connect Kelana Jaya to PJ State, while Route 622 will link Taman Mayang Emas to the Kelana Jaya LRT station.
Route 623 will service areas in Sunway, Subang Parade and Batu 10, linking them to the Kelana Jaya LRT station, while Route 624 will ply from Stadium MBPJ to the Kelana Jaya LRT station.
Route 625 will connect SS6, SS5 and SS3 to the Taman Bahagia LRT station, while Route 626 will link Damansara Utama to the Taman Bahagia LRT station.
Route 627 will service areas in Kampung Tunku, Sungai Way and Section 51A to the Taman Paramount LRT station, while Route 628 will ply from Sections 14 and 17 to the Asia Jaya LRT station.
Route 629 will connect Eastin Hotel to the Asia Jaya LRT station.
The buses are expected to ply at a frequency of about 15 minutes, from 5.30am to 12.30-1am daily.
Trunk line Route T82 will connect Bandar Utama to KL Sentral, while trunk Route T43 will link Bandar Utama, IOI Mall, Tesco and Putrajaya to Bandar Utama.
The trunk line service frequency is every 10 minutes, from 5.30am to 12.30-1am daily.
Mohd Ali added that there would be a three-day free trial period from Sept 23 to 25.
Revenue service will commence from Sept 26 at RM1 for local shuttle, RM2 for trunk line service and RM2 for city shuttle. A comprehensive ticket for those who use the local shuttle, trunk line service and city shuttle is RM4.
The RM7 ultimate day pass ticket is valid for all Rapid KL buses and LRT services on the Kelana Jaya, Ampang and Sri Petaling lines.
Senior citizens, students in school uniform and the disabled will enjoy a concession.
Senior citizens must apply for the Rapid KL Senior Citizen Card and produce the card to be entitled to the concession.
The disabled get a 50% discount if they produce their OKU (Orang Kurang Upaya) card, while those who have an OKU card and apply for the Rapid KL Handicapped Card will be entitled to free rides.
“We urge all commuters to try the new routes during the free trial period. We welcome all commuters’ feedback, and may adjust certain routes if the request is reasonable,” said Mohd Ali.
“I feel that PJ residents are finally getting a comprehensive public transport system,” said Chew, urging public to adapt to the new system.
“I’ve asked Rapid KL to set up a counter for senior citizens to apply for the Rapid KL Senior Citizen Card at the Senior Citizens’ Carnival on Oct 1 at SJK (C) Yuk Chai,” she added.
Commuters who wish to find out more about Rapid KL’s new routes or provide feedback can drop by any of the 20 bus hubs in Areas 5 and 6. The nearest hub in PJ Utara is at Bandar Utama.