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RapidKL silent on rep’s request
By OH ING YEEN


FOR the past one month, Selangor DAP secretary and Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San has been trying to fix an appointment with the management of public transport operators RapidKL and Syarikat Prasarana Bhd.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Selangor DAP headquarters in Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya, Lau said RapidKL “just poured cold water” on his request, by telling him to go through the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

Lau is wondering why they are not respecting his office as an elected state assemblyman.

“Despite the increasing number of commuters and passengers, the public transport operators especially Prasarana has failed miserably to meet the demands of the passengers.


Given the cold shoulder: Lau holding up newspaper reports of the Prime Minister’s rides on the KTM Komuter and LRT recently.

“For the past one month, there are numerous reports of breakdowns on the two LRT systems, not to mention the many unexpected delays in bus services.

“I wonder what the MBPJ has to do with the breakdowns. Why does an elected representative has to turn to MBPJ to convey the message of the people to the management of RapidKL?” he asked.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh and Petaling Jaya councillor Tiew Way Keng were also present at the press conference.

Yeoh had called for a press conference about the cancellation of a bus route in Subang Jaya but was disappointed that there had been no official reply from RapidKL.

According to Yeoh, RapidKL had announced on Aug 11 that they will be revising their routes on Aug 23.

“They gave people only about 10 days’ notice. We are questioning the short notice given and why a route (T522 from USJ 8 to Subang Parade) has been cancelled without consulting the people,” she said.

Association for the Improvement of Mass Transit Klang Valley (Transit) adviser Moaz Yusuf Ahmad, a Subang Jaya resident himself, could not agree more with Yeoh.

“It’s unfair for RapidKL to make these decisions, we hope RapidKL can be more considerate to the people.

“It is generally assumed that public transport users are people from the lower-income group who have no other choice.

“There’s not much you can do if the driver doesn’t follow the route. If you complain, he will yell at you or he’ll say ‘if you don’t like it, buy a car’.

“It does not give a positive image of public transportation,” said the lecturer, who has written numerous articles about the public transport system in Malaysia.

He said by sacrificing these routes, people would be forced to drive and this would lead to more traffic congestion.

He added that RapidKL was not solely to blame for the public transport problems as other public transport companies share the same responsibility to provide good service to the public.

Referring to the Prime Minister taking rides on the LRT recently, Moaz suggested that the PM took the bus, too.

“If he wants to see how bad it is, he has to take the bus and wait for it. Then he will runderstand what public transport is like,” he said.

Lau said the first step to solve these problems on public transport was to have a meeting.

He hoped that he would not have to resort to sending a memorandum directly to RapidKL if they kept avoiding communication.

“A city without an efficient and reliable public transport system will not be a livable city,” he said.
Don't think of only making money, RapidKL urged
K. Harinderan


A RapidKL bus picking up passengers.

SUBANG JAYA: Bus company RapidKL has been urged to give some thought to the community and not only think about making money.


Subang Jaya state assemblyman Hannah Yeoh.
This was stated by Subang Jaya state assemblyman Hannah Yeoh after RapidKL cancelled the USJ8 -Subang Parade bus route.

"Public access and the mobility of people should always outweigh profitability for any public transport operators," she said.

"They said the service would only be terminated from Aug 21 but in actual fact, it was stopped much earlier," she said.


The operator, Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd, did not give any reason for cancelling the T522 route.

Lecturer Moaz Yusuf Ahmad, who stays in SS17, said: "The T522 line, which is a short haul route and costs RM1, has been replaced with other long haul bus routes. We now have to pay double to travel the same distance."

Moaz, who has been involved in public transportation research and urban planning for the last six years, added that the disruption would force people to drive, adding to the traffic congestion.

"I urge local councillors, government authorities and NGOs to be proactive in dealing with the matter," he said.

"A comprehensive public transportation system should be the operator's main focus and not profitability."

Yeoh said: "The provision for the handicapped is still not up to par and with the government's announcement recently where about 10,000 jobs were allocated for the disabled, how do they expect them to travel to these jobs?"

When contacted, RapidKL's communications division general manager Ebi Azly Abdullah said: "The routes in Subang Jaya were revised to cover a wider area and the eliminated route would be covered by other bus routes."

He added that the T522 buses would be deployed at other higher passenger traffic routes.
Two-hour wait for one-hour trip
Story and photos by STUART MICHAEL


ALTHOUGH it takes less than an hour for a bus trip from Batu Caves to Titiwangsa, the waiting time for a bus at the Taman Samudera bus stop in Batu Caves is nearly two hours.

The residents of Taman Samudera, who depend on the RapidKL bus service to go to work or school, have been suffering the inconvenience daily, especially in the afternoon, for the last five years.


Where’s the bus?: Selvaraju standing alone under a tree as he waits for the RapidKL bus.

Retiree K. Selvaraju, 64, who lives in Taman Samudera, uses the bus service four times a week to visit his friends in Petaling Jaya.

“As the cost of petrol is high and I have retired from work, it is too expensive for me to drive to Petaling Jaya as it will cost me nearly RM30 for the trip to and back,” he said.

“I am very frustrated that the bus is never on time. When the bus service first started, a bus used to come almost every 20 minutes.

“Now, we have to wait almost two hours for a bus,” Selvaraju said.

“I pity the working people and schoolchildren who use the bus service in the morning and evening.


No proper bus stand: The RapidKL bus waiting for passengers at a bus stop with only a tree as shade in Taman Samudera.

They have to wait for a long time for a bus,’’ he said.

Selvaraju said even a bus driver he talked to felt that there should be more buses assigned to ply the route.

He said there was also no proper bus stop opposite the Giant hypermarket in Taman Samudera and people had to wait under a tree.

“RapidKL should build a proper sheltered bus stop at the place,’’ Selvaraju said.

Retiree Abu Bakar Samat, 68, who used to work at Marks and Spencers in Britain, said he had been taking the bus daily for the last three years to go for his physiotherapy treatment at a clinic in Taman Sri Gombak.

“I bring along a newspaper to read because of the long wait.

“There is also no proper place to seat under the shade while waiting for the bus. Sometimes, I had to wait for about two hours before a bus comes along,” he said.

“There should be a proper bus stop and the bus must always be on time,’’ he said.


.....bus cantik but the quality is so bad....
Seems a shortage of buses is occurring. I guess most of the buses are waiting to be repaired.
51st Merdeka: Extended bus, LRT services



KUALA LUMPUR: Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd will extend its bus and light rail transit services on the eve of Merdeka Day.

In a statement yesterday, RapidKL said the bus and LRT services would operate until 3am and 2.30am, respectively on Sunday.

The bus services for the Kelana Jaya line covering Kelana Jaya, Taman Bahagia, Taman Paramount, Asia Jaya, Universiti, Kerinchi, Bangsar, Setiawangsa, Wangsa Maju and Taman Melati (Gombak) would end at between 3am and 3.20am.

The bus services for the Ampang Line covering Ampang, Cempaka, Pandan Indah, Bukit Jalil, Pandan Jaya, Maluri, Salak Selatan and Bandar Tasik Selatan will end at 3am.


Meanwhile, for the Kelana Jaya Line LRT, the Kelana Jaya, KL Sentral, Pasar Seni, Masjid Jamek and KLCC stations would operate until 2.30am.

The Bangsar, Dang Wangi, Kampung Baru and Ampang Park stations would be closed at 2am. Other stations will close at 12.45am.

For the Ampang Line LRT, the Hang Tuah, Masjid Jamek and Bandaraya stations will close at 2am. Other stations close at 12.45am. -- Bernama
There is a shortage of buses and drivers.

Cheers,
Seems a shortage of buses is occurring. I guess most of the buses are waiting to be repaired.
RapidKL fare reminder



PETALING JAYA: Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (RapidKL) yesterday announced it would strictly enforce the policy of paying the exact change for bus fares.

General manager for communications Ebi Azly Abdullah said although notices were put up on all buses on the ruling for quite some time now, some passengers still gave RM10 notes for a trip that cost RM1.

"Our drivers are not equipped with cash to give them change. When this happens, the passenger scolds the driver and the situation becomes unpleasant."

It was imperative that passengers had small change before boarding buses, said Ebi Azly, adding that if passengers provided more than what was required, they would not be given return change.

The bus fare structure is as follows: Tempatan buses T222 (RM1), Utama buses U22 (RM2) and Bandar buses B111 (RM2). -- Bernama
Kalau saya tak cuba ...kan lagi tak tahu... they need more frequency... the bus is OK but should realize of services for rapid taking a bus as its name!

P.S. KL bus stop in urban area is poor looking! Can't believe it's KL!!!
Haha, now you know the problem, well....when i was waiting at KL Sentral for U82, not only it took me about 40 minutes for a bus, the worse things, at night it is quite dark only bright orange streetlight lit that area, and no seats for commuters to wait!
Kalau saya tak cuba ...kan lagi tak tahu... they need more frequency... the bus is OK but should realize of services for rapid taking a bus as its name!

P.S. KL bus stop in urban area is poor looking! Can't believe it's KL!!!
- Me waiting bus to Bandar Sunway (U76) kena tunggu kat Monorail KL Sentral station selama 1 jam! (Kenapa tak perlu tunggu kat KL Sentral platform)

- waiting bus to Kota Damansara (U88) to KL Sentral > no seats for commuters to wait (Infront of Ikano) selama 40 minit
yang pelik lagi semasa balik dari Sunway lagoon to KL sentral pula...saya naik U76 ...bila sampai Carefour Pasar Raya Besar through its route... pemandu kereta suruh turun kat bus stop di hadapan Carefour (ada 3 orang dalam kereta incd me)...lepas tu saya tengok dia turun minum coffe starbuck di kawasan tu.....ingat dia nak pulang...tapi tak...tapi kamu orang tahu tak orang makin ramai datang tunggu nak naik bus tu...so saya buat putusan naik bus U67 (saya tengok ada destinasi ke KL Sentral juga) pulang ke KL Sentral (nasib baik lah ada bus datang..itu pun saya kena tunggu selama 50 minit)...sakit hati lah tunggu mamat tu SIGH! :eek:hno:

SEBENARNYA SAYA ADA GAMBAR BOLEH BUAT CERITA..KAMU ORANG NAK TENGOK TAK?
Kalau kat Bangkok...walaupun bas cacat tapi mereka ada frequency!
Tapi di KL the most of bus adalah air-con tapi kena tunggu lama~~~
If you are in Carrefour Subang Jaya, why not take KTM Komuter?

Sure, there is a possibility of delay, but being on Sentul-Port Klang line, it is not a major issue compared to Rawang-Seremban line, at least once your train arrived, you will know that you will be in KL Sentral for sure, unlike some Rapid bus, like you said, rest until people waited for almost half an hour or more...
yang pelik lagi semasa balik dari Sunway lagoon to KL sentral pula...saya naik U76 ...bila sampai Carefour Pasar Raya Besar through its route... pemandu kereta suruh turun kat bus stop di hadapan Carefour (ada 3 orang dalam kereta incd me)...lepas tu saya tengok dia turun minum coffe starbuck di kawasan tu.....ingat dia nak pulang...tapi tak...tapi kamu orang tahu tak orang makin ramai datang tunggu nak naik bus tu...so saya buat putusan naik bus U67 (saya tengok ada destinasi ke KL Sentral juga) pulang ke KL Sentral (nasib baik lah ada bus datang..itu pun saya kena tunggu selama 50 minit)...sakit hati lah tunggu mamat tu SIGH! :eek:hno:

SEBENARNYA SAYA ADA GAMBAR BOLEH BUAT CERITA..KAMU ORANG NAK TENGOK TAK?
Ok now I know ..thanks for your info!
Betul tuh nazri .Okaylah ni apa yg aku nampak :

1) Bas kat Bangkok taklah hensem mcm bas Rapid kat KL. AC pun takdak.

2) Hentian bas kat Bangkok amat bersistematik- setiap hentian mesti ada penerangan bas mana yang lalu & frekuensi. Tapi di KL kurang sistem..bas selalu mai lambat tak ikut jadual, hentian bas pun poyo

3) Kat BKK boleh tukar duit dengan akak2 konduktor dalam bas tapi kat KL takleh.
Kalau kat Bangkok...walaupun bas cacat tapi mereka ada frequency!
Tapi di KL the most of bus adalah air-con tapi kena tunggu lama~~~
Looks efficient although it also looks chaotic....

If not for the irregular and not punctual bus departure or arrival.....Rapid KL bus is a step ahead with proper route, map and no conductor...
RapidKL perkenal khidmat Bas Fajar

KUALA LUMPUR: Mulai Isnin ini, Rangkaian Pengangkutan Intergrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (RapidKL) akan melancarkan khidmat bas percubaan barunya yang dikenali sebagai khidmat Bas Fajar.

Pengurus Besar Komunikasinya, Ebi Azly Abdullah berkata, khidmat baru itu akan bermula seawal jam 5.10 pagi bagi sesetengah laluan untuk penumpang yang tidak mahu terjebak dalam kesesakan jalan raya.

Perkhidmatan ini akan dijalankan secara percubaan untuk meninjau permintaan penumpang dan ia akan menjadi perkhidmatan selama-lamanya jika sambutan menggalakkan daripada orang ramai.

Perkhidmatan baru ini termasuk laluan Nombor T301 dan T307 dari Telekom Malaysia (TM) Taman Melawati ke Giant Hulu Klang dan dari TM Taman Melawati ke Stesen LRT Datuk Keramat akan bertolak pada jam 5.10 pagi.

Sementara itu laluan no T330 (TM Taman Melawati-Stesen LRT Datuk Keramat), T302 (TM Taman Melawati-Seksyen 10, Wangsa Maju), T304 (SRKJ (T) Taman Melawati-hab bas Taman Melawati), T309 (TM Taman Melawati-hab bas AU3 Jentayu), T312 (Apartment Seri Putri, Ukay Perdana-Stesen LRT Wangsa Maju dan TM Taman Melawati-Stesen LRT Datuk Keramat) akan bertolak pada jam 5.15 pagi.

Bas terbabit akan bertolak pada jam 5.20 pagi di laluan no U40 (hub bas Maluri-Terminal Kajang) dan U80 (Balai Polis Batu 3, Shah Alam-hab bas Pasar Seni).

Laluan no T201 (Depot Bas Taman Melawati-Giant Hulu Klang) dan T320 (Emerald Hill, Jalan Bukit Indah Utama-Ampang Point), U1 and U10 (Cycle & Carriage, Jalan Perusahaan-Pinggiran Batu Caves) and U12 (Cycle & Carriage, Jalan Perusahaan-Batu 12, Jalan Gombak) akan berlepas pada jam 5.30 pagi.

Yang terakhir, U41 (PNMB, Jalan Chan Sow Lin-hab bas Pasar Seni) akan bertolak mulai jam 5.45 pagi dan T305 (Apartment Seri Putri, Ukay Perdana-Stesen LRT Wangsa Maju) akan bertolak pada jam 6 pagi.

Pengguna boleh menghubungi RapidKL di talian 03-76256999 atau layari www.rapidkl.com.my untuk pertanyaan atau memberikan maklum balas. — Bernama
RapidKL introduces early bus service
Friday September 12, 2008
TheStar

THE Rangkaian Pengangkutan Intergrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (RapidKL) will introduce a new trial bus service called the Fajar Bus beginning Sept 15.

This service would be an early morning service starting before 6am and introduced for specific routes.

RapidKL general manager of communications Ebi Azly Abdullah said the service, which starts at 5.10am for some routes was to cater for those who wanted to commute early to avoid the rush hour traffic.

The service will be carried out on a trial basis to determine the demand and if the response is encouraging, the service will be made permanent.

For further information commuters can visit the website, www.rapidkl.com.my or contact the Helpline at 03-7625 6999 (Monday-Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm). Commuters can also send feedback through e-mail at [email protected]
Dates for RapidKL commuters
Saturday September 13, 2008
By YIP YOKE TENG
TheStar



A gesture of appreciation: Suffian handing out the
`Care Package’ to commuters at the KL Sentral bus hub.

RAPIDKL commuters had a pleasant surprise on Wednesday evening during peak hours when the public transport provider’s chief executive officer Suffian Baharuddin visited the stations personally to hand out the “Care Packages”.

Clad in RapidKL uniform, Suffian stationed himself alongside his employees at the KL Sentral bus hub and LRT station before Buka Puasa.

The “Care Package” contains dates and bottled water. A total of 10,992 packages will be distributed to commuters from now until Sep 18 at the main bus and LRT stations in Kuala Lumpur.

“In a very small way, we are showing our appreciation to our loyal customers during this holy month of Ramadan,” he said.

“We hope the spirit of Ramadan can be shared by all Malaysians regardless of race and religion and bring us closer together,” he added.
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