Big plans for public transport


  • Nation
  • Monday, 27 Jun 2005

BY LEONG SHEN-LI

PETALING JAYA: Klang Valley's public transport system will undergo massive changes under a revamp to attract more passengers.  

Government-owned Rapid KL, which operates Putra-LRT and Star-LRT as well as 70% of the Klang Valley's bus routes, will revamp its own services first before bringing in other operators.  

Rapid KL chief executive officer Rein Westra said the new system, which was at the conceptual stage, would involve turning the 273km rail-based network in the Klang Valley into the “backbone” of the region's public transport system. 

This is because the rail network, which consisted of the LRT, monorail, KTM Komuter and the Express Rail Link, was able to carry large numbers of passengers across greater distances rapidly.  

“Feeder bus services will run from LRT stations to nearby neighbourhoods. Due to the short journeys, the buses will be very frequent and less prone to delays,” he said in an interview.  

For areas not served by rail, Westra said trunk bus services would link the city centre with transport hubs located at the edge of the city. Trunk bus services could also link these hubs with rail stations. 

At the edge of the city, outer ring trunk services would link the many transport hubs together without the buses entering the city, Westra added. 

“This will enable people to travel from one suburban area to another without needing to change buses in the city centre,” he said. 

In the city centre, Westra said city feeder buses would ferry people from major rail stations such as KL Sentral, Masjid Jamek, KLCC and Titiwangsa to their destinations.  

He said Rapid KL, which also operated the Intrakota and Cityliner bus services, needed a fleet of 1,200 buses to be able to serve commuters efficiently. 

“Currently we have 550 buses, which means we are about halfway to achieving what we require,” he said. 

He said steps to improve the bus service, such the introduction of 15-minute frequency bus services and services that followed timetables, had attracted more passengers. 

With the revamp, Westra hoped the system would be efficient and attractive enough to bring in twice the current 470,000 passengers its LRTs and buses carried daily. 

Rapid KL, set up in November, was one of two companies formed as part of the Government's efforts to revamp the Klang Valley's public transport system. The other company was Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd, which owns all the assets that Rapid KL operates.  

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