KOTA KINABALU: For Sabahans to enjoy better public transport in the city, they must be willing to fork out higher fares, said Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan (pic).
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said this in reference to the proposal of implementing a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Kota Kinabalu, which was announced in early 2016.
The system aimed to solve the worsening traffic problems in the city.
“If people want world-class public transportation, then they must be able to invest (in the project) together with the Government.
“In other words, they must be willing to pay slightly more than what they are paying at the moment. This is because they would be getting clean, efficient and very comfortable buses.
“We cannot be paying the BRT drivers the same amount we are paying the mini bus drivers right now. If people expect that kind of fare, then the idea of having BRT may not work because it is just too expensive,” Abdul Rahman said.
Abdul Rahman, however, gave his assurance that concerns regarding public transportation, particularly BRT, will be raised in the Sabah Barisan Nasional manifesto, which is slated to be launched on Apr 22.
“It is not an issue of whether we will be implementing BRT or not, but rather choosing the best kind of transportation system for the city.
“Personally I feel that the best solution is a BRT system that could eventually be converted into a light rail transit in the future. That is what I am looking at.
“The cost (of such project) is quite steep so there has to be an element of government subsidy involved,” he explained.Abdul Rahman spoke to reporters after launching the Kemas4U Carnival at Kampung Likas here on Saturday (April 14).
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