PETALING JAYA - North-bound Konsortium Transnasional Berhad (KTB) buses will now depart from Kuala Lumpur's southern Bandar Tasik Selatan terminal.
Effective yesterday, the move will see the country's largest express bus fleet servicing about 12 northern destinations from the Integrated Transport Terminal.
KTB executive director Tengku Hasmadi Tengku Hashim said this would allow northbound travellers who rely on the Pudu Sentral and Hentian Duta terminals to skip heavy traffic jams in Kuala Lumpur.
"The public can use three train lines (LRT, KTM, and ERL) to go to this terminal, and it's well connected by many highways," he said.
"It will be easier for buses to come to and depart from the Bandar Tasik Selatan terminal instead of going through Pudu Sentral."
The 12 routes are: Lumut, Ipoh, Seri Iskandar, Manjung, Parit Buntar, Batu Gajah, Bota, Ayer Tawar, Kuala Kangsar, Penang, Butterworth and Sungai Petani.
He added that travellers using KTB buses from Bandar Tasik Selatan would be able to shave 15 to 20 minutes off their journey compared with departures from Pudu Sentral and Hentian Duta.
Tengku Hasmadi said road works near Imbi and the sinkholes in the area there had also contributed to extra journey time for KTB buses.
Double-decker Transnasional buses, he said, were too high to descend into Pudu Sentral's bus parking bays, forcing travellers to use the sidewalks to get to them.
He said the Bandar Tasik Selatan terminal also had better and cleaner facilities than the other two terminals.
This did not mean that KTB's northbound services would end at Pudu Sentral or Hentian Duta, adding that the company was merely giving its customers more options.
"Fares from Bandar Tasik Selatan will be the same as Pudu Sentral and Hentian Duta. We are not increasing the fare, and it will be a shorter journey," he said.
The Bandar Tasik Selatan terminal also serves southbound express bus routes.