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Project to show feasibility of using public transport in the city
by story and photos by vincent tan | The Star Metro Central | Wednesday February 12, 2014 MYT 9:25:41 AM

IF EVERYTHING goes as planned, Petaling Jaya residents will be able to use a free bus service by the middle of this year.

The 28.2km route will start from the bus terminal in Jalan PJS 3/11 and will serve the Kampung Dato Harun KTM station, Asia Jaya LRT and Sections 14 and 16. Other areas covered include the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and PJ Old Town.

Taman Jaya LRT station, one of the two stations that will form part of the route for the upcoming free bus service by MBPJ.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad said RM1mil had been allocated for the project under Budget 2014.

“However, the actual cost of running this service is about RM3mil. One avenue to raise funds for this project is through supplementary budget requests.

“We are exploring other means of raising funds from stakeholders along the bus route,” said Alinah.

She said the aim was to show the feasibility of using public transport to get around Petaling Jaya, especially during peak hours in the morning and evening.

“The operational hours will be from 6am to 9pm daily so that both schoolchildren and working adults can benefit from this,” the mayor said.

With 10 vehicles for this inaugural free service, Alinah envisions a five-minute frequency during peak hours and 10 minutes at off-peak.

Peak hours are from 6am to 9am and from 4.30pm onwards, although this may change based on traffic condition and feedback.

Incentives are being worked out to encourage Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) employees to take public transport.

“This will free up parking spaces in PJ New Town and surrounding areas as well as reduce the number of bays needed,” said Alinah.

The bus service is intended to be free for Petaling Jaya residents, and Alinah said one way to ensure this would be through the issuance of free bus ride cards after checking ratepayers’ assessment or licence fee records.

Students in a Petaling Jaya-based school or institution will also be entitled to travel for free.

Currently, there is a free community bus service, with two vehicles that cater for senior citizens and low-income earners, running from 9.30am to 2pm.

There are 31 stops from PJS3 to PPUM and 27 on the return route.

Alinah said the service, which is a collaboration with RapidBus, a division of transport conglomerate Prasarana, would be run separately.

“The new service is similar to the GoKL free bus service in Kuala Lumpur,” she added.

The GoKL service is being subsidised by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

Alinah said she would be writing to Prasarana to provide details on the proposed bus service.

“Prasarana will then apply to SPAD for a permit for the bus service,” said Alinah.

In terms of number of passengers, the mayor hopes to achieve 20% capacity.

“We can call it a good start if 20% of the seats in each bus are filled,” she said.

Some residents approached by StarMetro said they might give the bus a try.

“I used to stay in Old Town and it would have been useful. It should benefit students and those working in the city centre,” said Low Kian Sing, who was in Menara MBPJ to pay bills.

Section 10 Residents Association chairman Ronald Danker hopes people will take advantage of the new bus service and hence reduce the number of cars on the road.

“Section 10 senior citizens will find it useful to get to the Asia Jaya LRT station,” said Danker.

PJS 2 Taman Dato Harun Residents Association chairman Shamsury Joha also hopes the new buses will reduce the number of cars on the road.

“During the morning rush hour, there are a lot of single-occupant vehicles,” he noted.

Seksyen 1B Rukun Tetangga chairman Kok Kuan Yong was concerned about how genuine Petaling Jaya residents would be identified for eligibility.

“Many people come to Petaling Jaya for work or run errands.

“Even if you use assessment records, how are you going to identify the children of houseowners?” asked Kok.

It would be better, he said, if the service was free for everyone.
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Seksyen 1B Rukun Tetangga chairman Kok Kuan Yong was concerned about how genuine Petaling Jaya residents would be identified for eligibility.

“Many people come to Petaling Jaya for work or run errands.

“Even if you use assessment records, how are you going to identify the children of houseowners?” asked Kok.

It would be better, he said, if the service was free for everyone.
Yes, free for everyone. Remember, we create solutions for the problem at hand. The terrible congestion is created because bus transport is currently ineffecient in getting passengers from any point A to any point B, thus many have no choice but to resort to driving private vehicles to get around.

And the problem is not confined to PJ residents solely. So offering a bus system catered solely to PJ residents won't solve the problem. Besides, GoKL in KL and CAT in Georgetown are both free for all too. Save time from identity inspection means speeding up the operation. Don't they always check the cost (time & energy) of ticketing against the revenue and benefit?

On the frequency, if the one way journey takes an hour (which is quite a charitable estimation during peak hours), a return trip takes 2 hours (120 mins). Divide by 10 units of buses, if there are extra drivers to take over when the first driver takes a break after a tiring 2 hour drive, meaning the bus doesn't have to wait idly while the driver rests, the best interval it can offer is one bus every 12 minutes.

Bear in mind that a same unit of bus can only enter the service again after completing a return trip, to provide a bus every 5 minutes, there must be 24 buses at least, and that's excluding the back-up units.

By the way, except the part from MBPJ Civic Centre - Asia Jaya LRT - Jaya 33 - UIA - Hospital University, the route is completely identical with the existing RapidKL U66 and Metrobus 98 on both directions within PJ borders.
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PJ City Bus service to extend routes in 2016
Posted on 12 June 2015 - 04:34pm
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PETALING JAYA: More improvements can be expected from the PJ City Bus service in 2016 as the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) looks to further enhance the free shuttle bus service.

Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain told reporters that due to overwhelming response from PJ residents to the City Bus service which debuted on May 1 last year, the city council will be adding two new routes, Kelana Jaya and Taman Bahagia.

"We will also be adding two more new buses to the current fleet of 10 as we hope that each route will have a minimum of four buses, but the number of additional buses and the number of buses servicing each route will be confirmed after we have a detailed discussion with Prasarana," he said during a press conference after going on a ride on the PJ City Bus service earlier today.

Mohd Azizi said that currently the PJ City Bus service goes on two routes which are PJ01 and PJ02 where the PJ01 route covers areas like Taman Medan, PJ New Town and Section 52 before ending at the Taman Jaya LRT station while the PJ02 route covers the Asia Jaya LRT station, Taman Jaya LRT station, Section 14, 17, 19, SS2, and University Hospital.

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