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.
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
TRANSIT took note of the recent announcement of plans for Penang Hill by PDC, the Penang Hill Development Corporation. The PDC has been in the news recently because of problems with the recently reopened Penang Hill Railway, as well as complaints about parking access and the size of the newly (slowly?) constructed car park which … More Penang Hill Railway Update: new proposals for PHR stations draw ire of bloggers
Updates #85 1. Video: Wong Tian Yeong posted this 33 second video of what appears to be a leaking ceiling at Puduraya bus terminal – https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1894585558875 – on 9 May 2011. According to this article in the Star, the “leak” was actually a sprinkler head that somehow started gushing water during a test. 2. Letter: … More Updates #85
TRANSIT took note that service on the Penang Hill Railway, (which recently re-started operations on April 25th) was disrupted on Tuesday 3 May – apparently by a stray dog or group of stray dogs getting caught in the power system and getting caught – causing the train to run into them. Stray dogs said to … More PHR Update: Who let the dogs out?
TRANSIT took note of this article about the Penang Hill Railway, which restarted operations yesterday. 2,000 take upgraded Penang Hill train (The Star) Tuesday April 26, 2011 By JOSEPHINE JALLEH GEORGE TOWN: A honeymooning couple from Saudi Arabia was among some 2,000 tourists and locals who boarded the Penang Hill funicular train, which resumed operations … More Penang Hill Railway restarts operations on 25 April 2011
Updates #82 1. An Electric Trike In The Trunk Makes For The Ultimate Hybrid Eco-Car(Fastcompany.com, 22 April 2011) – The Geely McCar concept (electric or electric hybrid) includes a built-in electrically powered trike (3 wheel scooter) that fits into the space between the driver & passenger seats. [TRANSIT: Now this is an interesting concept – … More Updates #82