MEETING NEEDS:They will ply 10 new routes following increase in demand
THE state government will add another 20 buses for 10 new routes in Iskandar Malaysia, following an increase in demand for public transport in the new growth area.
Since the Iskandar Malaysia bus service commenced in 2010, it has served 2.8 million passengers. About one million passengers enjoyed the bus service in the first year of operations, followed by another 1.8 million the following year.
At present, there are 34 Iskandar Malaysia buses plying 17 routes in the growth region.
Iskandar Regional Development Authority chief executive, Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, gave his assurance that all Iskandar Malaysia bus services are of high quality and will adhere strictly to schedule.
“We will not compromise on safety either. Following the good response and constructive feedback from passengers, we plan to open more social routes,” he said.
“From only 17 such routes in 2010, we will add another 10 this year, making it a total of 27 using 54 buses.”
Ismail was speaking at a road-safety campaign with Iskandar Malaysia bus operators at Dewan Jubli Sultan Ibrahim, here, recently. Present was state Housing, Local Government, Public Works and Utilities Committee chairman, Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil.
Ismail hoped the campaign will help to create awareness on road safety in the society, especially among students, and also concerning vandalism inflicted on public transport.
Zahri said the state needed about RM450 million to develop the Rapid Transit Bus system in Iskandar Malaysia.
“The system is needed to promote the use of public transport and enhance the public transport network. This amount is considered low, as compared with the high cost needed to set up a mass rapid transit or even light rapid transit,” he said.
“This bus system is one of the state government’s efforts in enhancing the efficiency of the public transport network in Iskandar Malaysia.”