Malaysia to launch another Bus Rapid Transit system to ease jam

Malaysia to launch another Bus Rapid Transit system to ease jam
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

PUTRAJAYA - Another Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system will be introduced along the Federal Highway to ease traffic jams.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the electric bus service would operate between the former Istana Negara and Klang.

Liow said the system would be similar to the BRT in Bandar Sunway.

The only difference, he said, is that the new BRT lanes would be built on ground level while the one in Bandar Sunway is elevated.

He said that existing road dividers would be removed to build the bus lanes.

Liow said the Cabinet had agreed to the plan.

"We invite the private sector to submit proposals for the project," he told reporters after attending the Cabinet meeting yesterday.

The Bandar Sunway BRT is an eco-friendly transportation system that uses 15 electric buses on dedicated lanes.

It was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Friday.

The 5.4km elevated bus guideway connects the Sunway commercial area to the Setia Jaya KTM Komuter station and the soon-to-be completed USJ7 LRT station.

Liow said the blueprint for the project had been drafted, and those interested could submit their proposal to the Public Private Partnership Unit under the Prime Minister's Department.

Liow said the traffic jams along the Federal Highway were serious and the only solution would be to encourage more people to use public transport.

He said that the ministry's KPI for this year was to increase the number of people using public transport in the morning to 530,000.

Last year, the figure was recorded at 470,000, he added.

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