TRANSIT took note of this very interesting piece of news – that the Klang Bus Stand (Pasaramakota) will be closed as of 1 November 2011. Most of the intra-city bus services from Klang Bus Stand will be moved to Pudu Sentral (formerly Puduraya), while the RapidKL bus services will move to the “Jalan Sultan Mohammed bus stand” just north of Klang Bus Stand.
The closure of the terminal is to facilitate works for the proposed Pasar Seni MRT station which would be located partly under the site of the Klang bus stand. Of course, TRANSIT has to wonder … with many people still talking about relocating the line from under Jalan Sultan, not to mention that we have not heard of any development order for the MRT, is this closure of Klang Bus Stand just jumping the gun?
And most importantly, how will it affect commuters who are already facing significant problems with traffic congestion & inconvenient bus service?
Klang Bus Stand to cease operations (Star Metro)
Thursday October 20, 2011
BEGINNING its operation in the 70s to serve the transportation needs of Klang Valley travellers, the Pasarama Kota or better known as the Klang Bus Stand in Kuala Lumpur will be closed from Nov 1 to make way for the construction of the MY Rapid Transit (MRT) project.
All bus services operating from inside the bus terminal will cease operations after the departure for their last trip on Oct 31 and begin operating from new designated locations the following day.
One bus company [TRANSIT: RapidKL, presumably?] operating from Jalan Sultan outside Pasarama Kota will also relocate its operations.
All passengers heading to Klang, Port Klang and Banting will have to board their buses at Pudu Sentral (formerly known as Puduraya) beginning Nov 1, after the relocation.
These buses will not be allowed to pick up passengers from any other bus stop in the city centre.
The closure of Pasarama Kota is to facilitate the construction of the new underground Pasar Seni MRT station.
The new MRT station will integrate with the existing Pasar Seni LRT station where passengers can switch from the LRT to the MRT and vice-versa without needing to leave the system or buy new tickets.
Upon completion of the MRT project in 2016, a new bus terminal is expected to be constructed at this location.
Built in the 1970s, the Klang bus station has changed different managements throughout resulting in one reason why it was not properly developed.
However, the symbolic bus stand was an important hub that provided intracity transportation for routes in and around the Klang Valley.
A Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) spokesman said it would release further details concerning the relocation in the weeks to come.
SPAD also apologises for any inconvenience caused to commuters and the public.
Commuters can [TRANSIT: get information?] from the respective bus operators — RapidKL: 03-7885 2585, Cityliner: 03-5512 9434 and Causeway Link: 07-360 2244.
The Klang bus stand has been a very important part of KL’s public transport history but because of poor planning, it has also become a source of problems and congestion.
One cannot forget the de facto “Seremban” bus stand (later relocated closer to Hang Tuah LRT station) which was a major source of congestion in the area. At the same time, the congestion along Jalan Petaling, Jalan Sultan and Jalan Hang Kasturi.
TRANSIT can also not forget the fact that Jalan Sultan Mohammed remains closed at the south end (the Jalan Kinabalu Roundabout) … forcing buses bound for Klang Bus Stand to drive through Jalan Petaling and Jalan Sultan and dealing with significant congestion & delays.
As much as TRANSIT likes the idea of redevelopment and new infrastructure, our big concern is making the existing infrastructure and services better than ever.
One example is the RapidKL buses that you see below. RapidKL has added bus services. These buses are bound for the Jalan Kinabalu roundabout but because of the location, passengers have to walk into the street to board their buses.
Click here for a larger version of the image above.
Would it not make more sense if the buses were able to access Jalan Sultan Mohammed from the Jalan Kinabalu Roundabout, then turn around into a clear lane at the Klang Bus Stand and then head south again along Jalan Sultan Mohammed to the roundabout again?
We are surprised, to say the least, that the iconic Klang Bus Stand will be closing in such a short period of time. And we can only wonder what will happen with traffic congestion in the area and how buses from the south and east will be able to their way to the urban centre of KL.
TRANSIT believes that if there is to be a closure of Klang Bus Stand (Pasaramakota) there must be a significant expansion of RapidKL’s City Shuttle bus services to help move passengers around through the city.