The latest initiative by the government to resolve Kuala Lumpur’s transport woes is a most welcome venture undertaken by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD). For the first two loops which began on the morning of Merdeka 2012, 15 buses seating 60 passengers each will cover an area of 13.9km with 25 stops.
This new free intracity bus service is called Go-KL City Bus, and its salient features are that it’s free, disabled friendly, wifi enabled, has security cameras installed both onboard and facing outwards, has GPS, and will have undercover enforcement officers riding along with normal passengers to ensure no untoward incidents.
The bus service is also eco-friendly as a sapling will be planted for every cumulative 1000km, to offset the estimated carbon emission of 0.11 metric tons. Furthermore, the old bus tires will go towards creating artificial reefs to help restore damaged coral reefs and enhance fisheries.
Currently it covers two loops over the central business district (CBD); with one starting from KLCC and the other from Pasar Seni. By year-end, SPAD plans to add another two loops.
SPAD projects a daily ridership of more than 20,000 for the two loops, which are supposed to reduce the need for more buses from entering the CBD as they are one of the main causes of congestion. The initiative also encourages private vehicle owners to use the free public transport.
This service operates daily from 6am to 11pm and promises a five minute frequency during peak hours, and 15-minutes at off peak hours. SPAD is fully aware of the fact that it will need the cooperation of the other government agencies like PDRM, DBKL and JPJ. It requires the assistance of DBKL and the other authorities to ensure buses are able to move unhindered.
DBKL is supposed to assist in providing designated bus lanes, permission for bus stops and the enforcement on private vehicles in the city to give way and not abuse the bus lanes.
SPAD said the annual operating cost for the services would be at RM4 million. The buses are bought by Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd, a wholly-owned government company set up to facilitate, undertake and expedite public infrastructure projects. SPAD pays for the services rendered. The whole deal will be governed by a service level agreement.
“So, there are no contracts to buy buses or anything like that here,” quipped Syed Hamid at the briefing, when the media began probing on the ringgit and sen of the whole venture. If this works, it would be money well spent. Let’s all cooperate and give Go-KL a try. It’s kinda hard to miss the buses as they’re painted a bright pink!
List of bus stops
Green Line (KLCC - Bukit Bintang - KLCC) has 13 stops:
Wisma Hup Seng
Wisma Lim Foo Yong
Monorail Raja Chulan
Wisma Rohas Perkasa
Purple Line (Jalan Sultan Muhamad - Bukit Bintang - Jalan Sultan Muhamad)
has 14 stops:
Wisma Lim Foo Yong
Simpang Bkt Ceylon