1. Rapid Development (The Star) – A new plan for a RapidPenang bus “sub-depot” at Weld Quay is announced.
2. E-ticketing system to curb touting activities (The Star) – an electronic ticketing system will be introduced at Puduraya to curb touting activities. [TRANSIT: Think of the self-service kiosks at airports or the Ticket Vending Machines at KTM and LRT stations (and how well those work)]
3. Pakatan forms shadow parliamentary committees (The Star) – The Pakatan Rakyat has formed committees to discuss major issues in Malaysia. The following names may be relevant:
PKR: Datuk Zahrain Mohamed Hashim
PAS: Khalid Abd Samad
DAP: Tan Kok Wai
Federal Territories Ministry
PKR: Wee Choo Keong
PAS: Dr Lo Lo Mohd Ghazali
DAP: Lim Lip Eng
4. Fines on bus firms, too (NST) – Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz comments on plans for an integrated database that will help the police, JPJ, DOE and CVLB.
[TRANSIT: Minister Nazri says that the database can be set up almost immediately” which begs the obvious question – why were they waiting for so long????]
5. Mass transit: ‘Sentral’ hubs seldom central (NST) – A comment from TRANSIT on the call by Pakatan ex-EXCO member Nga Kor Ming to build the Ipoh Sentral public transport hub.
6. Putrajaya Corporation To Increase Nadi Putra Buses In Putrajaya (Bernama) – Describes the plans for the expansion of the Nadi Putra bus services in Putrajaya. For more information on Nadi Putra see the Skyscrapercity.com forum here.
8.YTL Corporation’s proposal for a High Speed Rail link between KL and Singapore has been brought back to life. Read the following articles for more information:
- YTL Hopes For Bullet Train Project To Materialise (Business Times)
- YTL Hopes For Bullet Train Project To Materialise (Bernama)
- YTL: KL-S’pore bullet train project economically viable (Business Times)
An image of the Siemens Velaro Electric Multiple Unit train, proposed by Siemens Corp. for the KL-Singapore High Speed rail is shown below:
For general information, the Wikipedia entry on the Siemens Velaro is here.