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 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
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)
Updated with more information on no-car zones for Penang! Updated with a letter describing the situation in Seremban! Today’s The Star reported that 23 pedestrian bridges in Kuala Lumpur have been declared unsafe. TRANSIT shares the disappointment of the public with respect to these bridges which clearly do not meet the safety standards of the … More Let us restore KL into the walkable city it once was (Update #2)
TRANSIT notes this article which states that the Penang government has approved an allocation for an additional 6 buses to operate the Bridge Express Shuttle Transit (B.E.S.T.) service between Sebarang Prai and the Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone. This is an increase of RM600,000 per year to the investment from the Penang Government to hire … More Penang Gov’t approves more buses for B.E.S.T. (Update#1)
TRANSIT took note of this creatively headlined article in the Star referring to the approval of the “Bridge Express Shuttle Transit” or “BEST” service which will begin operations on 1 March 2011
Earlier this month, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng read the Penang Budget 2011. Copies of the Budget Speech are available in BM / Chinese. TRANSIT took note of some interesting content on pages 14-16, sections 32-35, which discuss the following: Penang Transport Master Plan; Water Taxi Service integrated with existing taxi and public transport; … More Penang Budget 2011 – what do you think?
Updated with information about SPAD from the debate in Parliament! Despite some opposition to the proposed area congestion pricing, the 5 bills presented in Parliament to amend the regulatory framework that governs public transport in Malaysia were passed by Parliament in the 3rd session, which adjourned on 22 April. You can see the debate itself … More SPAD & PLTC Bills passed – now what? (Update #1)
Updates #46 1. Letter: Cabbies, please pity disabled passengers (The Star) – Chai from Gombak writes a letter to taxi drivers asking them to show a little kindness & pity. 2. Article: Work at home saves RM500 (The Star) – early results of the Civil Service’s work at home programme shows financial and time savings … More Updates #46