Selangor govt studying forming unit to manage state's Smart Bus programme

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  • Tuesday, 03 Dec 2019

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor state government is studying the possibility of forming a unit to manage the Selangor Smart Bus programme.

State local government, public transportation and new village development executive councillor Ng Sze Han said there are currently no departments in all 12 councils in the state overseeing this, hence the need for the state government to form a unit.

He said this in reply to findings by the Auditor-General's Report about the shortcomings of the Smart Selangor Bus programme.

“We are aware of it and are working on improving. Since the programme was introduced in 2015, the first phase is to ensure the service is made available at all 12 local councils in Selangor and we have achieved that. We now have 138 buses and 43 routes in the state.

“The second phase is to improve the services and we are working on that now, ” he said to the press after attending the Tandas Selangorku Programme 2019 at the state secretariat building in Shah Alam on Tuesday (Dec 3).

He added that another point in the audit report is to increase buses during peak hours and reduce it during non-peak hours.

“To achieve that, we need the big data. Hence, we need passengers to board with their MyKad so we can collect info about the demographic of passengers, ” he said.

Ng added that the state is also planning to change the buses to electric power from the diesel buses in use presently.

“There have been proposals from several keen operators. This will be carried out in phases as it involves a high cost, ” he said.

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