Monday, June 21, 2010

Improve bus service in Segambut, RapidKL urged

Photo by Sin Chew Daily

Source: (By YIP YOKE TENG, 21/6/2010)
Unreliable: Bus commuters in Taman Sri Sinar, Segambut, waiting for the buses. They claimed that the service is irregular.

Public bus service provider RapidKL has been urged to improve services in Taman Sri Sinar and the surrounding areas in Segambut.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said the company could have focused only on lucrative routes and neglected inner routes. “The bus service is irregular and that causes a lot of inconvenience to those who do not have vehicles,” he told reporters on Saturday at a bus stop in Jalan 30/38A. He said the bus driver told him that the bus came every 20 minutes during peak hours but there was no fixed schedule during non-peak hours. He added that he had written two letters to Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd, one in July last year and the other last month, to highlight the matter but received no response. Lim said the company was awarded a concessionaire contract to provide stage bus services in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Baru, and it should provide fair service to all. “Under the 10th Malaysia Plan, the government is allocating RM100mil for the expansion of bus service and I hope the company can provide quality service,” he added.

Resident John Rajamani, 41, said two Cityliner buses and one Metro bus used to service the housing estate but now there was only RapidKL. “The unreliable service has deterred many from taking public transport,” he said, adding that air-conditioning in the buses was bad, too.

Another resident, Mohd Ishak Sidin, 41, said commuters going to work in the morning had no choice but to walk 700m to a bus stop in Jalan Segambut because more buses plied the route. He added that there should also be feeder buses connecting the housing estates with the Segambut KTM station.

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