Demand for bus travel not picking up as expected


Passengers practicing social distancing while buying tickets at the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) at Bandar Tasik Selatan here on Thursday, June 11,2020. - Filepic

JOHOR BARU: The number of passengers taking buses remains low despite the lifting of the interstate travel restriction under the recovery movement control order (MCO).

Larkin bus terminal auxiliary police coordinator Noor Azman Yusof said there was only a slight increase in bus passengers since the recovery MCO began on Wednesday.

“We were expecting a significant increase in passengers after the interstate travel ban was lifted but we have yet to see such escalation.

“Most bus companies started operating from Wednesday, except for the ones going to Singapore, ” he said when met at Larkin Central here yesterday.

He added that a majority of those taking buses were those travelling to Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

“We believe the number would increase once learning institutions reopen as there were many students who take buses to their boarding schools from here, ” he said.

Among those waiting for a bus here was college student Tea Ke Xin, 20, who said she was about to travel to Kuala Lumpur for an internship.

“My internship was supposed to start in May, but was postponed due to the conditional MCO.

“I am glad that I finally get to go for the internship as I have been waiting for such an opportunity for a long time, ” she said.

Another bus user, customer service assistant officer, P. Premalatah, 34, is glad to finally be able to meet her family in Perak.

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