Thursday, April 17, 2014

Petaling Jaya free buses start next month

New Straits Times: "PETALING JAYA: THE free bus service offered by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), which follows a loop of 28km in the city centre, will be launched next month.
The service aims to ease the heavy traffic jam in the city centre, especially during the morning and evening rush hour.
Prasarana will deploy a fleet of 10 buses to ply the area which will pass through PJ Old Town, Jalan Yong Shook Lin, Section 14, Jalan Barat and Jalan Utara."

Monday, April 7, 2014

Public transport line would be better, say assemblymen

The Malay Mail Online: "“The federal government has to move on from building more highways to increasing connectivity between public transportation, which will benefit the residents of Petaling Jaya and Puchong,” Yeo told Malay Mail."

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Petaling Jaya council adopts monthly car-free day

New Straits Times: "PETALING JAYA: THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is the second local authority to adopt a monthly car-free campaign after City Hall got the ball rolling in January.
The car-free day, which sees its launch tomorrow, will become a monthly event on the last Sunday of each month."

Monday, March 10, 2014

Free public transport -- a solution to traffic jams for Malaysia

The Star Online: "In many cities around the world, they even offer free public transport to reduce traffic jam. For example, there is free tram service in inner Melbourne, Australia, and free hop-on-hop-off bus trolleys along the 2km to 3km main pedestrian street mall in Denver, US."

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Petaling Jaya free buses will come every 5 minutes during peak hours

MBPJ to provide free bus services | Malaysia | The Malay Mail Online: "“The operational hours will be during peak hours so that schoolchildren and working adults can benefit,” the mayor said.

With 10 vehicles serving for this inaugural free service, Alinah envisioned a five-minute frequency during peak hours and 10 minutes at off-peak.

She also said incentives were being worked out to encourage Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) employees to take public transport.

“This will free up parking spaces in PJ New Town and surrounding areas, as well as reduce the number of bays needed,” said Alinah."

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ageing inter-city bus fleet to be replaced

Bangkok Post: "The Transport Co plans to replace ageing inter-city buses with a hundred new vehicles on a three-year lease contract, company president Wuthichart Kalyanamitra says.

The company was in the process of drafting the terms of reference for the lease of the new 15-metre longer buses, he said.

The bid for the bus supplier was expected to be carried out by next month and the delivery of the buses must be made before the end of this year, he said.

Mr Wuthichart said that next year the Transport Co plans to replace old buses with 269 more new buses."

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Thailand #publictransit-- more than beaches-- a draw for investors

FT.com: "Powerful draws for potential buyers here include the city’s central location in southeast Asia, the proximity of beautiful beaches and trekking areas, and the excellent dining options and nightlife. More important, perhaps, are the developing SkyTrain and Metro mass transit systems: traffic jams may be the longstanding bane of life in Bangkok, but getting around Sukhumvit (in the centre east of the capital, and a favoured location for expats), Silom and Sathorn (two adjacent upmarket districts in the centre south) has become easier thanks to improving public transport."