TRANSIT took note of more news of more CityLiner bus services shutting down.
This time, 11 bus routes in Kelantan have stopped operating, as discussions between CityLiner and the state government which began in November 2011 were not able to reach a solution – despite the state government’s offer of RM400,000 over 4 months.
14 January 2012
KOTA BARU: Thousands of commuters will be affected when Cityliner stops its stage bus service in 11 of the 17 routes it operates in the state beginning today.
A spokesman for the company said it was taking the action after a series of discussions with the state government failed to find a solution to help the company.
Cityliner will continue to serve six routes: Kota Baru-Pasir Mas-Rantau Panjang, Kota Baru-Chabang Empat-Pengkalan Kubur, Kota Baru-Pasir Mas-Tanah Merah, Kota Baru-Pasir Putih-Jerteh, Kota Baru-Machang-Kuala Krai and Kota Baru-Pengkalan Chepa.
Cityliner, a member of the Konsortium Transnasional Berhad (KTB), is the largest private stage bus operator in Malaysia.
KTB had announced in November that it was stopping its stage bus service in several states including Kelantan as it was suffering hefty losses.
Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat was reported to have said that the state government had decided to provide the company with RM400,000 over four months to ensure it maintained the service.
While we are happy to see that the State Government is going to work immediately with the Land Public Transport Commission to revive the 11 bus routes that have been shut down, TRANSIT wonders how much longer we are going to have to wait before we get any real policy statements & decisions from the Land Public Transport Commission?
By now, the Cabinet is supposed to have reviewed SPAD’s proposed changes to policy that would aim to resolve the crisis in the bus industry – but we have heard nothing about the progress in this area.
More importantly, we have heard nothing about what the policy proposals from SPAD actually look like. Are they similar to the Bus Transformation Plan or something else? Have the state governments, local authorities, bus operators and public transport users been consulted or given the opportunity for feedback? Do they care what the stakeholders, especially public transport users want and need?
In other words, what is happening? If the other stakeholders do not know what SPAD is doing, and do know know if anything is happening, how can they continue to have confidence in SPAD?
Remember, SPAD was supposed to change all of this and bring about the dawn of a new era for public transport. From where we sit, things are still looking pretty dark.