PETALING JAYA: The balik kampung journey has started at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) although Hari Raya is still about a week away.
Maju TMAS Sdn Bhd managing director Roslan Datuk Shariff said the terminal would handle over 2,300 trips daily during the Hari Raya period, an increase of over 800 trips from the same period last year.
“This is the first year that we will be serving all three corridors, North, South and East,” he said, adding that in previous years, TBS only plied south and east bound routes in the peninsula.
He said the busy festive period would be from June 30 to July 10.
“We have sold more than 14,000 tickets for July 1 alone,” he said, adding that 80% of the total number of tickets for the period have been sold.
The terminal will be handling passengers for 87 bus operators during the period, he said, adding that the challenge for the management was to ensure everything runs smoothly and that all passengers have a pleasant and safe journey.
“We have opened up more ticketing counters, more ticket vending machines and enhanced our system reliability.”
“We know the terminal can operate like a well-oiled machine if everyone works together,” Roslan said.
Also, because the terminal handles the ticket sales instead of leaving it to the bus operators, there were no problems with ticket touts, he said.
Roslan advised passengers to arrive early for their departure.
“Come early and check your ticket so that you are at the correct boarding platform,” he said.
He also said passengers should expect a big crowd at the terminal.
“Be tolerant and embrace the spirit of Hari Raya, and everything will go smoothly,” he said.
He said goodie bags were given out to 300 travellers daily during the breaking of fast and sahur at the terminal.
He added that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was expected to visit the terminal today to meet the balik kampung crowd.