Friday, October 26, 2012

Govt urged to re-evaluate national public transport policy

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 25, 2012): Working Group on Public Transportation in Malaysia, coordinator, A. Sivarajan, urged the government to re-evaluate the national public transport policy in order to provide a more effective and efficient system to consumers.

Among the main problems identified by the Working Group were bus services being mostly concentrated within Kuala Lumpur, Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations located far from housing estates and bus stops at unsafe locations, he said.

"There are also places with bus stops but without buses passing through. Furthermore, the network connectivity is poor whereby passengers have to walk a distance to LRT stations after taking a bus from their homes," he said at a press conference to announce the Public Transport in Malaysia Forum, here today.
He also highlighted that there are still cases of taxi drivers taking advantage by charging exorbitant fares and not using meters.

Sivarajan urged the government to take over the country's entire public transport system as a Government Linked Company. The Forum will be held on Nov 3 and is expected to pass several resolutions on public transport issues. – Bernama

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