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New MRT Feeder Bus Routes PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Got revealed as all others the real proposed new MRT alignment. Little bonus was the feeder bus routes proposed (not featured on kvmrt.com.my website). Probably by the in-house planning team at SPAD and RapidKL, my guess is.

So for the benefit of all youse who didn't drag yourself to that little traffic island known as Midvalley, see below the feeder bus routes for the Curve, TTDI and Section 17 stations. Had to wait through several rapacious retirees (they do get more self-preservatory as they get older don't they?) who grabbed at the public display booklets. Therefore, didn't quite feel at ease to take pictures of all the feeder routes. Therefore, if anyone out there has the routes for the other stations, eg the southern Cheras stations, I would be very interested to have and publish them too.

Of course these are just proposed routes. Hopefully they stick to them because they look like they make sense, i.e. to make full use of the MRT lines. So that not just people who live within 10 minutes' walk of the stations would benefit from them. Of course no mention is made of frequencies of the buses. If they are once every 10 to 15 minutes, that should keep many happy.

Of course we know that the MRT is a bit of a hot potato as it is. The TRANSIT.my website has pretty much taken a stand against it, which is understandable since the MRT will cost a lot and you could get a bus rapid transit-type system (busways etc) for much cheaper. According to The Star, the MRT project will cost RM36bil.


Aside from the fact that the MRT looks more glamorous and sexy, and therefore there will likely be more uptake of services from the masses, there has been one point raised among friends that was quite interesting: the government probably spends close to that amount on its defence spending.

Well, according to Malaysiakini.com, in one weekend alone in April 2010, the government spent RM10 billion on arms at the Kuala Lumpur Defence Fair. So even if it's a lot of money, it would be much better spent on infrastructure project like this, which sounds true.

Of course defence spending itself is a controversial subject, a judgement for which is difficult to make.

Also, there are meant to also be the environmental costs to the MRT project, which would involve a lot more resources than a bus rapid transit system. I have to admit though, that as both a car and public transport user, I would prefer to leave the road space for cars, while at the same time the perception is that it is much faster and more reliable to sit on an MRT-type train than a bus. Then again, I've never gone to a place like Curitiba, Ottawa or Honolulu, where it's used. So maybe it could look really glamorous there too!

Anyway, as promised, here are the feeder bus routes:
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 February 2011 )
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RapidKL U35 and U36 -- "new" or "copycat" routes? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Another "new" route -- U35 from Pandan Indah to Sri Kota -- was announced by RapidKL on its website. 

However, it looks like this route is another one (can't remember exactly which other ones but they've done it before) which basically "cannibalises" or takes over the route of other operators, in this case Metrobus' and SJ Bus' Route number 30.

Not sure if those are still running but this looks like another case of RapidKL going back from the progressive hub-and-spoke mix-and-match trunk-feeder to the original all-head-back-to-the-city-centre strategy, which doesn't make it very different from the old style of Intrakota and Cityliner companies, which it absorbed several years back.

One case in point here is "new route" U332, which is basically T332 (Lembah Jaya Utara - Ampang Point) lengthened to go all the way into Chow Kit now.  

"New" route RapidKL U36 is also very similar to Metrobus' and SJ Bus' route number 32, which runs from Kampung Pandan Dalam to Chow Kit, except that RapidKL's U36 starts a bit earlier at Taman Dagang, near its Ampang LRT station.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 December 2010 )
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RapidKL's Bus U83 (Jln Duta - KL Sentral) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 November 2010

The bus route U83 between KL Sentral and Kompleks Kerajaan Duta via Damansara Heights has finally been reflected in the latest RapidKL website. On the road itself, it does exist although its frequencies have really been whittled down to very selected times.
Check out the timetable, as pasted at KL Sentral.
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Here's the bus stopping at Plaza Damansara.
View RapidKL Bus U83 in a larger map

As shared very helpfully by a woman waiting to take the bus, it seems to be relatively consistent for the bus to KL Sentral to be expected at 4.45pm at the stop on Jalan Setia Murni just after the turn off with Jalan Setia Murni 5, with code DH1, opposite the Guardian Pharmacy. In fact there was a small army of service personnel (a.k.a. maids and cleaners working the surrounding mansions) who showed enough faith in the bus' arrival to wait at the stop at this time!

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 December 2010 )
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What's happening with RapidKL? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 May 2008

Unfortunately, it looks like RapidKL is going through another hiccough in its operations. I’m not sure if the word is hiccough or slowdown, but it’s certainly a period of uncertainty and lack of reliability.

Unfortunately again, I have not been able to ride much of RapidKL buses recently, but I received a report that the frequency of route U7 is not every 10 minutes from 4pm to 8pm (peak hours) as previously stated in RapidKL’s website, but more like every 30 minutes up to 7pm.

I spoke to someone from the operations side of RapidKL and he said that yes, for the past month or so, RapidKL as a whole has been cutting down on its number of buses. In fact, RapidKL has been going through what looks like a change of regime. First off, Dutch CEO Rein Westra left to join the World Bank, Corp Comms manager Katherine Chew left as well. Now it turns out their Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Buses Mohd Ali Mohd Nor and bus operations GM Captain Khairuddin has left too.

aWell, what’s for sure is that the frequencies published in bastrenKL for RapidKL are now out of date. My apologies.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2008 )
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RapidKL T509 frequencies PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 December 2007

As enquired upon on 12 Dec 2007, these are the frequencies for route T509 (Puchong Utama - IOI Mall):

Mon-Fri
06:00-09:00, 16:00-20:00: 30 minutes
09:00-16:00, 20:00-00:00: 45 minutes
Sat&Sun
<07:00-23:30: 45 minutes

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 December 2007 )
 
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