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? … More Bus system improvements to include a little bit of London and a little bit of Kelantan?
TRANSIT took note of two interesting articles related to the current Chinese New Year Holiday period – the standard set of warnings against touting and the standard article about related enforcement efforts. The big question is, do Malaysians feel that the current enforcement and touting situation is better now that SPAD is in charge? We … More Look out touts – SPAD is watching you
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 … More SPAD has new permit system on the way … re-register by 31 December 2011 or the party is over.
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 … More Move forwards, not backwards to solve our public transport crisis (Update #1)
TRANSIT took note of this very interesting and disappointing bit of news – that Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz, who has a history of involvement with public transport in Malaysia, is now trying to get himself involved in the MRT project. Nazri has suggested an alternative alignment to the controversial … More MRT Update: Now Nazri wants to step in. TRANSIT: As if the project does not have enough problems already?
TRANSIT took note of another abrupt shutdown of a bus route, seriously inconveniencing public transport users. Bus commuters left in the lurch over service disruption (The Star) 8 September 2011 THE abrupt discontinuation of the bus service plying the Tapah to Teluk Intan route has left hundreds of commuters in a spot, reported Malaysia Nanban. … More No bus for you, Tapah to Teluk Intan!
Updated with comments from TRANSIT! TRANSIT has taken note of a series of articles in Free Malaysia Today, detailing an interview with SPAD Chair Syed Hamid Albar. TRANSIT will reserve our comments until the entire series is posted. In the meantime you can find links to the articles (3 at the time of this posting) … More Interesting FMT interview with SPAD chair Syed Hamid Albar (Update #1)
Update: The Minister of Transport has also chimed in with his view that bus operators need to improve their human resources before looking at foreign workers! See the new article at the bottom of this post TRANSIT took note of this interesting article in which the Human Resources Minister S. Subramaniam responds to a request … More HR Minister urges rethink in transport industry. TRANSIT: Wait until you see his suggestion. (Update #1)
TRANSIT took note of two articles in which SPAD Chair Syed Hamid Albar has made it clear that SPAD is not an agency to be trifled with. In the first article, Syed Hamid expresses a clear view that public transport operators who do not re-register before September 30 will no longer have licenses (permits?). In … More When is SPAD going to use its teeth?
Updates #94 1. Hotline Story: Factory bus jam: They are parked outside apartments all day, says resident (The Malay Mail, 13 July 2011) 2. Article: 1 massive jam: Residents frustrated by chaotic traffic at 1 Utama (The Malay Mail, 13 July 2011) 3. Article: No Booking! (Streets-NST, 13 July 2011) 4. Article: Origami-inspired folding bikes … More Updates #94