KUALA LUMPUR: Over 115,000 people have benefited from the My100 unlimited travel pass within Klang Valley, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the response for the initiative, which was launched to encourage the use of public transport and ease the high cost of living, has been encouraging.
"The public response for the My100 programme, the unlimited monthly RapidKL bus, BRT Sunway, and RapidKL railway system including MRT, LRT and monorail has been encouraging.
"Since January until March this year, the pass has directly benefited a total of 117, 506 unique users.
"In March, a total of 87,348 people have subscribed to the unlimited My100 pass and it is expected to continue to increase in the future," he told Wong Hon Wai (PH-Bukit Bendera) during Minister's Question Time on Tuesday (April 2).
Wong had asked the Ministry about the effectiveness of the My100 travel passes this year and whether it would be extended to Penang.
The My100 and My50 unlimited monthly passes for MRT, LRT and Rapid KL was launched on Dec 1 last year with commuters using the MyKad, MyKid and MyTentera documents.
Loke said of those using the My100 pass, 36% of them were men while 64% were women.
"In terms of the statistics based on states, 44% of them are from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, 11% from Perak, 7% from Perak, and 4% from Penang.
"The programme has truly benefited especially the youth from all over the country who work and stay in the Klang Valley," he said.
On the trend of ridership and number of rail users, Loke said the number had increased slightly from 35,602,076 users between January and February this year compared to 32,550,383 people within the same period last year, which saw an increase of 9%.
"The highest ridership was recorded at the MRT Sg Buloh-Kajang line at 33% during the period mentioned," he said.
On the My50 unlimited travel pass, he said the programme will be extended to Penang involving the Penang Rapid bus system, across 71 routes, and the Rapid Ferry between Butterworth and Georgetown.
"At the moment, Prasarana is offering an unlimited monthly pass worth RM75 with a total of about 1,500 users only," he said.