Meanwhile in JB, urban buses are moved out of the city centre starting May 1

TRANSIT took note of the following article describing changes to bus service in Johor Baru, with a new “no pick up” order for Jalan Wong Ah Fook, diversion of urban stage buses to Larkin Sentral, and a new free shuttle bus connecting the two areas. Commuters get short end of stick (NST JOHOR, 1 May … More Meanwhile in JB, urban buses are moved out of the city centre starting May 1

TRANSIT wishes Selamat Hari Pekerja to all Malaysians Workers

TRANSIT wishes to take this opportunity to wish a very Happy International Workers Day & Selamat Hari Pekerja to all the hard working honest people who are a part of our public transport sector. While we cannot help but cringe every time we hear a “bad news” or “bad apple” story we know that there … More TRANSIT wishes Selamat Hari Pekerja to all Malaysians Workers

Look out touts – SPAD is watching you

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

SPAD has new permit system on the way … re-register by 31 December 2011 or the party is over.

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.

KTM Update: Improved facilities at Komuter stations will help deal with long waits.

TRANSIT took note of this interesting article in which KTMB has announced plans to improve the facilities at KTM Komuter stations, to help commuters deal with the unacceptable wait times that are plaguing the system. Now, this is something that TRANSIT had been talking about for some time – and ironically, it took a few … More KTM Update: Improved facilities at Komuter stations will help deal with long waits.

Should we prepare for a school bus showdown? Or is there a solution on the way?

TRANSIT took note of this issue a few weeks ago and had not managed to comment on it until today. School buses are a significant form of public transport in Malaysia. Unlike urban buses, school buses are in many cases still operated by individual permit owner-operators, the local “bus uncle” or “bus auntie”. Given that … More Should we prepare for a school bus showdown? Or is there a solution on the way?

Updates #100

Updates #100 NOTE: Because of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Balik Kampung, this update will cover 2 weeks of public transport news.

Interesting FMT interview with SPAD chair Syed Hamid Albar (Update #1)

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)

Klang residents want the council to improve public amenities such as bus stops, phone booths and taxi stands

TRANSIT took note of this interesting article detailing residents complaints about bus stops, phone booths and taxi stands in central Klang. TRANSIT has always had a soft spot for Klang. We still do not understand why the local government & Selangor Government have allowed the “Royal Town” to become so run-down and disappointing. The construction … More Klang residents want the council to improve public amenities such as bus stops, phone booths and taxi stands

Take public transport this Raya says RTD Chief. TRANSIT: Public transport is now comfortable, safer option

TRANSIT took note of a number of articles about the upcoming Balik Kampung period that we thought worthy of note. Firstly, the director-general of the Road Transport Department has commented that the public should be confident to take buses to their destinations this raya, as buses are much safer than motorcycles. As you know, each … More Take public transport this Raya says RTD Chief. TRANSIT: Public transport is now comfortable, safer option