The Malaysian Government is crowdsourcing ideas for the 2014 budget at http://www.1malaysia.com.my/bajet2014. Here is our feedback: In order to support the use of public transport, there should be a reward for those who are everyday users of public transport because they are not clogging the roads & polluting the air. Transit Malaysia proposes that the … More Crowdsourcing for Budget 2014
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 … More Briton charged RM450 for 10km trip, sparking furore over cheating cabbies (Update #1)
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 this interesting photo of a sign in one of our LRT trains – advertising improvements to RapidKL bus services. To the top of the photo, we see an advertisement for RapidBET Route #3, which connects Subang Mewah to Pasar Seni, Kuala Lumpur. And down in the right hand corner, the message … More What is RapidBRT, how will it work, and when is it coming to the Klang Valley?
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. Cityliner … More No bus for you Kelantan! Well, 11 fewer buses than before!
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
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.
Update: SPAD may issue temporary permits to operators who want to replace the CityLiner bus service! Update: The Selangor government is looking at alternative solutions to the CityLiner bus service shutdown! Update: Read this editorial comment from The Star! Update: Selangor government rejects KTB’s appeal for subsidy, tells them to talk to the Federal Government! … More No bus for you reaches Selangor … again! (Update #4)
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