Expand minibus service in KL, says transport expert

Shorter buses were introduced early last month on the Ampang Point-Bukit Indah route in Kuala Lumpur. The 8m-long buses are shorter by 4m from the usual buses on city roads. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The government should expand existing initiatives in the public transport sector to reduce cost of living, said Universiti Putra Malaysia economic analyst Dr Mohd Yusof Saari.

He said incentives such as unlimited travel passes of My100 and My50, which benefit consumers who choose public transport, should be continued.

Yusof also said the minibus service should be expanded due to the high demand, especially in certain residential areas here.

“The introduction of the minibus is a good thing because public transport cannot reach certain housing areas,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

To encourage more people to use public transport, Yusof also proposed the use of a single-ticket system to ease mobility and reduce consumer costs.

“Currently, to go from one place to another, members of the public have to buy separate tickets. That is neither time- or cost-effective,” he said.

On public transport in rural areas, Yusof said the government needed to think of a more convenient and flexible way, yet without the need for high expenses.

He said some interior areas in Sabah use van services to transport locals.

“Short routes, such as from villages on the outskirts of the city to the city centre, do not require bus services as it is not cost-effective, due to the sparse population. So travelling by van is easier and cheaper,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Institute of Transport (Mitrans) deputy director (industry network and commercialisation) Shahrin Nasir hoped the unlimited travel pass facility would be extended to other cities around the country.

He said this was a good initiative that should benefit more people.