TRANSIT took note of this article in the Star Metro which reminded us how much more needs to be done to improve public transport organization and management in the Klang Valley. Haphazard halts (The Star Metro, 29 April 2014) MORE often than not, public buses in the Klang Valley can be seen stopping to pick … More Haphazard halts are a sign of haphazard planning and policy and organization and management….and especially leadership.
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 … More ‘Solutions’ to public transport problems focusing on the bus industry, not public transport users
TRANSIT took note of this article announcing the expansion of car-free Sundays in the central business district of George Town. This initiative of the Penang Government and MPPP will likely be well-received by most residents of the area as well as visitors. We hope to see more people using public transportation to get to the … More Penang expands car-free Sundays in George Town
Update: The response from bus operators & government is mixed! Yesterday TRANSIT learned of a proposal from Prasarana, the government-owned “National Infrastructure Company” to introduce a cooperative system between bus operators, where bus operators would share information, operate routes together under “code sharing” agreements, and implement “blue ocean strategy” to rationalize their operations. We were … More Prasarana proposes cooperation and “code share” system for Klang Valley bus operators (Update #1)
TRANSIT took note of this article which states that the Penang Government will provide an operational subsidy of RM140,000 per month to bus operator CityLiner to continue operating bus services in Sebarang Prai until May 2012. This came after the bus companies operating under the CityLiner brand threatened to stop bus operations in Sebarang Prai … More CityLiner to receive operations subsidy from Penang Government
Updates #98 1. Article: Firm denies using taxi coupons to make ‘easy money’ (NST, 10 August 2011) – Mohd Nasir Mohd Rashid, Exec. Chairman of MESRA Indah Jaya Sdn. Bhd. which operates the taxi coupon system in Johor Baru, has denied allegations that it is making an “RM2 profit from the sale of coupons as … More Updates #98
Updates #88 – our most prosperous update ever 1. Article: Lounge around in a Rapid bus (The Star, 3 June 2011) – RapidPenang introduces RapidMobile, a “lounge” with a Blaupunkt Stereo system. [TRANSIT: You have to admire their creativity.] 2. Article: CURTAINS DOWN (NST 31 May 2011) – an update on the upcoming closure (at … More Updates #88 – our most prosperous update ever!
Once again, we hear of a foreigner lamenting on Rapid Penang’s lack of concern over making their bus routes, stops and timetables legible to users. The comment, which appears on today’s Aliran, also touches on transit-oriented city planning and Malaysia’s negative build-rail-to-solve-congestion mentality. Behind the surface issues are, of course, the problems with policy-making & … More Another foreigner got upset with RapidPenang’s bus map (Update #1)
Update: The Rapid Penang app is now available at this link: http://itunes.apple.com/my/app/rapid-penang-mobile-icis/id430816867?mt=8 TRANSIT noted some very interesting articles from up in Penang that we thought would interest you. First, for the benefit of customers, RapidPenang has launched their iPlanner application for Apple iPhone and iPad products. The item will be available for free download from … More Rapid Penang rides? There’s an app for that! (now available)
Updates #79 – This is our real post for 1 April 2011! 1. Article: Three-tiered parking complex to be built at Serdang KTM station (The Star, 29 March 2011) 2. Article: RapidKL bus division receives ISO Certification – two articles, from NST & Malay Mail on 30 March 2011. 3. Letter: MRT: Learn and adopt … More Updates #79