LIFE is expected to be easier for Rawang commuters when a six-storey bus terminal-cum-taxi stand project is ready in two years.
The RM5mil project includes a Sky Link that will give easy access between the new bus terminal at Pusat Bandar Rawang and the town’s KTM Komuter Station.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the project by Mahumas Sdn Bhd was performed by Rawang assemblyman Datuk Tang See Hang on Tuesday.
The terminal project, which sits on a 0.72ha site at Pusat Bandar Rawang, is scheduled to be completed by September 2008.
It will have 27 shops on the first floor and 18 food stalls on the mezzanine floor while the top four floors will be taken up by car parks with 214 parking bays.
The terminal will have nine parking bays for buses and two parking bays for buses under repair. A total of 18 taxi parking bays will be set aside for taxis.
To make it convenient for public transport users, a 1km Sky Link will connect the bus terminal and taxi stand to the KTM Komuter station.
Tang described the Sky Link as an extended pedestrian bridge that would enable commuters to walk with ease between the bus terminal and the Komuter station in the shade and away from traffic.
He said the new bus terminal and taxi station would eliminate the need for buses to stop along the town’s already congested roads to pick up or drop off passengers.
Tang said he was aware of the traffic problems in Rawang town and had been working with the local authorities and the state government to overcome the congestion.
“The town’s traffic problems need major projects to resolve and these take a long time to plan and carry out,” he said, adding that residents would have to be patient as the solutions were being worked out.
Mahumas Sdn Bhd project manager Casey Chew said the existing bus terminal and taxi stand in the old part of Rawang town was unorganised and no longer suitable for the town’s increasing population.
“There are buses coming from as far as Tanjung Malim, Kuala Lumpur, Batang Kali, Kundang, Batang Berjuntai and Kuala Selangor and these buses have to park at the roadside. The same goes for taxis.
“After the bus terminal and taxi stand is completed, Rawang will be come a more organised township,” said Casey, adding that Mahumas would be bearing the whole cost of the project.