ASK a non-Putrajaya resident what or where Putrajaya Sentral is, and one is likely to get the following reaction — a blank stare, or an exclamation whether such a building exists in Putrajaya.
It is for this reason that Syarikat Pengangkutan Awam Putrajaya Sdn Bhd (PAPSB) will be embarking on a campaign this year to create greater awareness on the facilities and services available at Putrajaya Sentral, and to encourage the public to take public transportation when working, visiting or running errands within Putrajaya.
“Located in Precinct 7 near Putrajaya Hospital, Putrajaya Sentral serves as the transportation hub for Putrajaya, and its surrounding communities in Cyberjaya, Dengkil and Puchong,” said PAPSB chief executive officer Ab Rahim Md Junoh.
Since Jan 1 last year, PAPSB, a subsidiary of Putrajaya Corporation (PPj), had been handling all transport-related facilities and services within Putrajaya.
“Putrajaya Sentral was previously managed by PPj since it commenced operations in 2002, while PAPSB operated the Nadi Putra (soon to be rebranded to ‘Putrajaya’) bus service,” he said.
Ab Rahim said the original masterplan for Putrajaya was for it to be a public transport-friendly city, hence the availability of parking space was reduced to encourage usage of public transport.
“However, most of the civil servants working in Putrajaya prefer using their own private transport to travel from home to their workplace.
“The majority of those who utilise Putrajaya Sentral work at KLIA or near KL Sentral.
“Other users include the expatriate community in Cyberjaya, as well as foreign and local tourists.”
Ab Rahim said Putrajaya Sentral presently
has a traffic volume of 8,000 to 10,000 passengers per day, while the ERL train has a daily
ridership of 6,000 to 7,000 passengers via Putrajaya Sentral.
He said PAPSB will be stepping up its awareness campaign on Putrajaya Sentral this year, including offering special rates for train and bus fare for major events like Floria Putrajaya and the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, as well as provide direct shuttle services to key Putrajaya events at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.
Facilities and services available at Putrajaya Sentral include:
·Free shuttle service to Putrajaya Hospital, and soon to the National Cancer Institute.
·Park N Ride facilities with affordable parking rates. The multi-level car park building has 1,407 parking bays. The parking rate is RM2 per day (6am to midnight) and RM2 overnight surcharge (midnight to 6am).
·There are also outdoor parking facilities, with more than 600 bays in total at the open space in front of Putrajaya Sentral’s main entrance and next to the bus terminal.
Unlimited one-day bus ride aboard Nadi Putra buses for Park N Ride users using their Park N Ride card. Regular Nadi Putra bus users would pay 50 sen per trip.
·Special rates for Express Rail Link (ERL) train fare to encourage civil servants and the public to take the ERL when commuting from KL Sentral to Putrajaya. A one-way ERL train fare from KL Sentral to Putrajaya costs RM9.50; a return trip costs RM19.
·There are also special rates for users heading to and from the airports in Sepang. A one-way ERL fare from Putrajaya to KLIA costs RM6.20; a return trip costs RM12.40. A one-way fare via ERL train and shuttle bus from Putrajaya to LCCT via Salak Tinggi costs RM5.50.
·Seven food and beverage outlets, 11 kiosks selling souvenirs, a bus travel agency and a convenience store.
·Facilities to be introduced by the end of 2014:
- Self check-in kiosks for flights departing from KLIA
- Dedicated counters for express bus services
- Moneychanger services and five more F&B outlets.