Wednesday, February 3, 2010

1Ticket, 1Seamless Journey

Another brilliant idea to reduce traffic congestion. Although billions ringgit are spent to improve the facilities, the government is still searching for a better solution to the problem.

January 28, 2010 16:17 PM

One-Ticket System For Public Transport In Klang Valley

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28 (Bernama) -- A one- ticket system for public transport in the Klang Valley will be introduced by the end of the year to further encourage the people to use public transportation.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said today the "1Ticket, 1Seamless Journey" project would be launched for all the 16 public transport operators.

Currently, the Rapidpass is used by commuters taking the Light Rail Transit, monorail and bus services operated by RapidKL.

"We are quite keen to have it within this year. Maybe there are some extra efforts that we need to put in to overcome some of the unforseen challenges, there are few things," he told reporters after the launch of the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) roadmap by the Prime Minister here Thursday.

Ong said this would ensure that the users would have easy access to the various modes of public transportation without hassle, with the use of only a special cashless pass or ticket.

"There are different operators, we have to identify all these problems and overcome one after another," Ong said.

In addition, he said, the ministry was studying having an integrated public transport terminal for all existing public transportation such as buses, taxies and LRT in the Klang Valley.

As for bus transportation, the Bus Expressway Transit (BET) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and dedicated bus lanes system in the Klang Valley all have disabled friendly facilities.

"The new fleet of buses, especially those already in operation in Penang, is equipped with disabled friendly features like the ramp for getting up and down the bus," he said.

Ong said the public transportation ridership had increased and the ministry was monitoring the progress with positive public feedback.

On the four-car train sets at the Kelana Jaya LRT line, Ong said six were already in operation out of the planned 35 four-car train sets with the rest to be delivered and ready for use in stages by 2012.

Improving urban public transport is one the six National Key Results Areas (NKRA) under the GTP.


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