Update: The Minister of Tourism wants to make taxi drivers into tourism ambassadors with “basic communication skills”. TRANSIT could not let this article pass by without posting it and commenting. The Minister of Tourism wants to make taxi drivers into tourism ambassadors with “basic communication skills”Unfortunately, we are terribly busy with yesterday’s planned post on […]
Bus system improvements to include a little bit of London and a little bit of Kelantan?
TRANSIT took note of this very interesting interview in the NST with SPAD CEO Mohd Nur Kamal, discussing the bus transformation plan and proposals for implementation of improved bus services. It is interesting to note that SPAD is learning from London and will be applying their knowledge in Kelantan. Bus system to go London style? […]
How do we resolve parking and congestion problems in the city centre? By building better alternatives to driving (Update #1)
Update: Check out Donald Shoup’s report, The High Cost of Free Parking (University of California Transportation Centre) Update: Check out the worst cities in the world for parking according to the IBM Commuter Pain Index Our original post: For 5 years and in fact, many more, the members of TRANSIT have been talking about improving […]
Why is the MPK using the North Klang bus terminal for a night market, instead of a bus terminal? And why hasn’t the Selangor Government stepped in?
TRANSIT took note of this interesting and disturbing article about the introduction of a night market at the site of the old North Klang bus terminal, which was closed in late 2007 when Klang Sentral was opened. The irony, of course, is that the bus area remains closed to buses – despite the fact that […]
Bus-Rapid Transit plan and water taxis for Petaling Jaya?
TRANSIT took note of this interesting piece of information from the Selangor Times – a plan for “Rapid Transit Bus” routes, minibus services and limited-stop bus routes in Petaling Jaya. Click here for a larger version of the image above. The February 3, 2012 issue of Selangor Times can be seen here in the scribd […]
Brickfields bus & taxi lane shut down after two months because of Government flip-flopping or just bad planning? (Update #2)
Updated with additional articles! TRANSIT took note of this interesting and disappointing news about the Brickfields – Jalan Tun Sambanthan bus lane, shut down by the government beginning February 6th, after only 2 months in operation. The big question from TRANSIT is WHY? What are the reasons why the government chose to back down on […]
‘Solutions’ to public transport problems focusing on the bus industry, not public transport users
By now everyone should be aware that a major crisis is taking place in the bus industry. The shut down of CityLiner bus services throughout was the major ‘tipping pint’ in a series of crises [TRANSIT: refer to our “No Bus for You” series of posts] that showed the precarious state of public transport and […]
TRANSIT says goodbye to 2011 and wishes everyone a happy 2012
The year 2011 has been quite tumultuous for public transport and indeed, for many people in many places throughout the world. Specifically to public transport, we in Malaysia have seen a number of major changes.
TRANSIT took note of the following article, which is a final update on the permit re-registration process that SPAD has undertaken in Peninsular Malaysia since the beginning of April 2011. The window for the permit re-registration was from April until 30 September 2011, but many people did not re-register in time. SPAD is now saying […]
Update: Azmi Sharom wants you to buzz your rep on the bus issue! TRANSIT has taken note of the following letters in the newspapers regarding the public transport crisis – suggesting that the crisis could be resolved with the introduction of van services and owner-operated minibuses. While TRANSIT appreciates the suggestions, and appreciate that vans […]