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Old January 10th, 2006, 07:32 PM   #161
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Rapid KL to launch downtown shuttle service
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10:

Beginning Jan 16, public transport operator Rapid KL will launch a downtown shuttle service as the first phase of a new integrated public transport network.

By only buying one city shuttle ticket at RM2, commuters will enjoy unlimited travel within KL city centre for the whole day.

Its chief operating officer for buses, Mohamad Ali Mohamad Nor, said the newly-designed system came about after worsening traffic congestion in the city.

“With the new system, passengers can expect travel time to be shortened, as we will have more buses to service the routes with the waiting time reduced to only five minutes,” he said.

Mohamad Ali said the new network will be serviced by 964 buses.

Chief executive officer Rein Westra said commuters can expect more new services within the next few months.

“There will soon be local shuttles from residential areas to main routes, trunk lines to transport passengers to city hubs, sub-trunk services that inter-connect suburban hubs and an express service to serve suburbs during peak hours to city hubs,” he said.

Westra said some of the new suburban areas to be included are Rawang, Bangi, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, Sri Petaling and Port Klang.

He said although these services will be launched in phases, commuters can expect the entire system to be up and running by end June.

He said all old buses will be phased out by September.

“We hope the new system will attract more people to use the public transport service, and to double the current ridership within the next couple of years.”
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Old January 14th, 2006, 07:37 AM   #162
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RapidKL delivers
R.S. Kamini and Zayana Isa
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri


The city’s new shuttle buses picked up passengers every five minutes today, delivering on RapidKL’s promise of faster and more efficient services.

But Kuala Lumpur’s commuters are a hardened lot, sceptical after the bus and light rail operator’s previous attempts to overhaul the city’s public transportation network.

"They may be punctual now since it is the first day but I am not sure if they will keep to their schedule in future," said clerk Jessie Choong, 32, on the No 108 from Medan Pasar to Bukit Bintang.

Today, RapidKL, or Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd, launched the shuttle service, the first phase to integrate the Klang Valley’s bus and light rail systems.

The company has put more than 100 new, more spacious, buses on 15 routes within the city, and is offering free rides until Sunday. A RM2 all-day pass will be sold from Monday.

RapidKL has redeployed its buses along the city’s congested roads, hoping to move more people more efficiently and at less cost.

Teething problems were evident, sowing doubts and confusion in commuters’ minds. Many of them missed buses, not expecting the new-look shuttle buses.

Driver Mohd Raffi Musa said many of his passengers did not know they did not have to pay today.

RapidKL staff produced stickers stating rides were free about 3pm.

But there were optimistic commuters, happy with just the free rides and the hope of improved services in the future.

Lecturer Mohd Eliyas Hashim, 37, said: "This is an excellent idea. The timing is convenient, and the buses are spacious so we don’t have to squeeze.

" It keeps our pockets safe from pickpockets as well."
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Old January 14th, 2006, 07:38 AM   #163
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Rapid KL on the move
By Yap Lih Huey
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The newly-formed government agency to integrate the Klang Valley’s public transport system, Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras (Rapid) KL, has started operations.

Newly painted public buses emblazoned with the Rapid KL logo in red, blue and white were seen plying some of the busiest routes in the Klang Valley on Nov 24.

FinancialDaily reported on Sept 16 that Rapid KL will take over Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd’s (SPNB) operational role and assets in Putra, Star, Intrakota and CityLiner, leaving SPNB’s role to build and finance the infrastructure.

A media briefing organised by the Steering Committee for the Integration and Restructuring of the Public Transport System in the Klang Valley (Inspak) will be held today at Putrajaya.

Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop and Datuk Siti Hadzar, chairperson of Inspak are expected to talk about Inspak’s action plans.

Among others, they will also talk about the core changes to public transportation services in the Klang Valley and the responsibility of SPNB and Rapid KL.

Inspak is tasked with encouraging greater use of public transportation to reduce traffic congestion and initiate the establishment of the Klang Valley Urban Transport Authority as the regulatory authority for public transportation in the Klang Valley.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy has said the use of public transportation has decreased from 34% in 1985 to the current 16% of the total mode of transportation among commuters; while the use of private cars has jumped to 71% from 47% for the same period.

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Old January 15th, 2006, 03:20 PM   #164
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SELAMAT DATANG/WELCOME

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Old January 15th, 2006, 03:25 PM   #165
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Those rapid buses looks dynamic! Are they runned by natural gas?
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Old January 20th, 2006, 04:48 PM   #168
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Rapid KL

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No matter how efficient Kl's transport system is, something has to be done to deal with its massive traffic problems!!
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Old January 21st, 2006, 06:48 PM   #171
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No matter how efficient Kl's transport system is, something has to be done to deal with its massive traffic problems!!
umm...i think the problem is with the inadequate lines of the LRTs/Monorail to cover the whole of KL and also the inadequate parking spaces at respective stops for those who wish to park their car at the LRT stops to board the LRTs/Monorails and if there are parking facilities, they lack security therefore many people still prefer to drive.
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Old January 21st, 2006, 07:41 PM   #172
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When I visited I thought the transport was fairly good, just a few problems like difficult interchanges (we got lost looking for the monorail at KL Sentral) although I did see at one station which had walkways linking the stations which was an improvement
also was a bit dissapointed to see such small trains, only 2 coaches
and so there were times we were very cramped.
Those issues aside I quite liked the transport system , and I do like the look of those new shuttle buses
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Old March 4th, 2006, 05:20 PM   #173
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ERL expects 20% rise in users of transit promotional packages
By Kevin Tan, 03 Mar 2006 6:42 PM





Express Rail Link (ERL) Sdn Bhd expects a 20% rise in the number of F1 fans using the KLIA Transit promotional packages to 6,000 this year from over 5,000 last year.

He said the majority of the fans using the KLIA Transit service were foreigners. We expect the number of fans using the KLIA Transit packages to increase by 20% to 6,000 passengers.

ERL chief executive Dr Aminuddin Adnan said the special transfer packages for F1 fans to the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) were part of its strategy to boost passenger volume.

He was speaking to reporters in Kuala Lumpur on March 3 after announcing the KLIA Transit F1 transfer packages. Malaysia will host the 8th F1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix 2006 at SIC from March 17-19.

In conjunction with the event, ERL is offering a three-day package at the rate of RM100 per person and for the race-day (March 19) package at RM80 per person.

The fares include a return high-speed train ride on KLIA Transit plying between KL Sentral and KLIA and a return bus shuttle service between KLIA and SIC.

To cater for the expected increase, ERL would be operating more trains and shuttle buses, especially during peak periods to minimise waiting time, Aminuddin said.

For example, on race day after the race, the KLIA Transit will be running with five services an hour, instead of four, increasing capacity by 25%.

"Similarly, we have increased the shuttle buses on race day from 35 last year to 45 this year, he added. Each ERL trip has a capacity to carry 550 passengers.

Meanwhile, SIC general manager Datuk Ahmad Mustafa said the organiser was confident of selling 120,000 tickets for the Sepang F1 race. It has already sold about 15,000 tickets.

We are expecting a huge rush for hillstand tickets on Saturday (March 18), he added.

Ahmad said F1 tickets were being sold from as low as RM50 for open hillstand seats and RM150 for covered hillstand for the entire three days. There are also special tickets from as low as RM25 for students, he added.

Believe me, this is the cheapest F1 race in the world, he said, adding that this would give the opportunity for more Malaysians to see the race.
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Great pictures & info updates, nazrey. KL is really on the move when it comes to transit!
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Those rapid buses looks dynamic! Are they runned by natural gas?
No, only taxis in KL are running using natural gas (NGV)
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