TRANSIT takes note of this article about the status of the construction of the Bandar Tasik Selatan Intermodal Transport Terminal (ITT):
Bandar Tasik Selatan bus terminal near completion (Malay Mail)
Thursday, March 11th, 2010
PETALING JAYA: The bus terminal for passengers bound south is in its final stages of completion.
Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transportation Terminal Southern Sector (ITT-S), project manager from Maju Holdings Sdn Bhd, Ghazali Abdul Latif, said about 80 per cent of the construction work has been completed, with the remaining involving road works, and refining and furnishing the terminal and its surrounding areas.
“Everything is on schedule. We will be done by the scheduled date of Nov 19,” Ghazali told The Malay Mail yesterday.
“We are satisfied with the progress.” However, he said, although the construction will be completed by November, it’s up to the Transport Ministry to decide when the terminal will be opened to the public.
On concerns by residents of Bandar Tasik Selatan that the terminal area will be congested, Ghazali said numerous assessments had been carried out before development was approved by the ministry.
He said the terminal will have an organised road system and an integrated computer system to monitor traffic flow.
Safety and security will be a priority with the terminal having a CCTV system.
“This will enable us to record the buses moving in and out of the terminal.”
“The terminal will not be like any other. It can be likened to a mini-airport, where there will be a waiting room for passengers before boarding the bus, as well as other features,” he said.
Commuters can expect to be comfortable in the terminal. The air-conditioned terminal can hold a maximum of 800 south-bound buses daily. Other amenities include shops, a luggage store as well as a prayer room.
The six-floor building will also house 21 bus departure bays, 18 arrival bays, 31 bays for long haul taxis and 1,372 carpark lots. The hub will be disabled friendly and will feature a host of dining facilities.
This is a pleasant piece of news if you are interested in public transport infrastructure. The Bandar Tasik Selatan terminal should be a very interesting addition to the public transport landscape.
Like many examples of recent public transport infrastructure, the terminal appears relatively inaccessible for pedestrians. Expect to see people walking up ramps used by cars & buses occasionally.
Overall, Bandar Tasik Selatan will make a big difference for public transport infrastructure and improve connections between the intercity bus system and KL International Airport (through the Express Rail Link).
We at TRANSIT are looking forward to seeing two very crucial changes that we hope to see when Bandar Tasik Selatan opens up.
First, there has to be fewer LCCT buses at the KL Sentral terminal. In fact, we can only hope that the CVLB will force some of the services to shift from KL Sentral to Bandar Tasik Selatan
Second, there has to be fewer buses at Puduraya. Bus operators serving the southbound links should already be looking at shifting from Puduraya to Bandar Tasik Selatan and the developer should ensure that existing Southbound bus operators have priority for docking space.