KUALA LUMPUR: A 34-kilometre Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line linking Kuala Lumpur to Klang is expected to be ready in two years, says Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai.
He said the service will use the existing Federal Highway, Jalan Tun Sambanthan and Jalan Syed Putra, with the service along the Federal Highway having one dedicated lane.
When asked on how the already congested Federal Highway would be able to accommodate a dedicated lane, Liow said there was space at the centre of the highway, and this could be used to widen the highway first.
“We are at the request for proposal stage now and that will be closed next month. We expect more companies to send in their designs and ideas for the project,” he said adding that the construction was likely to start later this year.
Liow was speaking to reporters after the official opening of the Malaysia Property Exposition (Mapex 2017) at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre here today.
The BRT KL-Klang line is expected to cut travel time from the capital city to Klang in Selangor down to 40 minutes, from the current 70 minutes that it takes for those using public transport.
The BRT service will have 25 stations along the route, which will take commuters from Pasar Seni in the city, to Klang.
Liow said the project will mostly likely cost over RM1 billion but said nothing had been finalised yet.
He added the ministry will look into the connectivity between housing estates and the BRT service as well.
“When we have good bus services, the feeder service from the housing estates to the main stations is also important. We will strengthen our last mile transportation project too,” Liow said.
At present, Bandar Sunway has the BRT Sunway which offers services through a purpose built road infrastructure for the buses.
Meanwhile, Liow also revealed that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) was in the midst of developing a software for passengers so they could enjoy real-time information on the location of the buses.
“With the app, SPAD will connect all bus services. They (bus companies) must register with SPAD so that we can provide online services to customers.
“Commuters will know where the bus is, when it is coming, how soon and what the destination is,” Liow said, adding that the app was likely to be ready by the end of this year.
Malindo Air interview SOP
On another topic, Liow spoke of the recent controversy pertaining to the interview process carried out by Malindo Air for female cabin crew candidates.
The minister said the issue of standard operating procedures (SOPs) on interviews was under the purview of the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) and not the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), which was only for technical matters.
“The airline needs to be advised not to trespass into personal rights and so, they (Malindo) have to be careful on that,” he said, adding that his ministry has instructed the airline to review their SOP.
He was commenting on a report from last week about Malindo Air’s SOP during interviews held for cabin crew. The Malay Mail had reported that female cabin crew interviewees were asked to strip down to their bras at the airline’s walk-in interview last month.