PETALING JAYA: Veronica Elankovan takes a fast experience by LRT to go to work – however typically it takes her greater than an hour simply to get to the station by bus from her house.
It’s a little bit of a stroll to the bus cease, she says. “Typically, I nonetheless must get my mum to take me to the station,” she advised FMT. “If she’s not obtainable I’ve to take a Seize.”
She stated the inner buses in her neighbourhood in Puchong usually are not very frequent. “I’ve to attend over an hour typically,” she stated when met close to the Asia Jaya LRT station in Petaling Jaya.
Veronica, 30, complained that some buses have been behind schedule. Typically she has seen three buses on the identical route arriving on the similar time.
Raymond Lee, a secondary college pupil who makes use of public transport to get to highschool, stated he depends on his mother and father to take him to the closest LRT station as there aren’t any feeder bus stations inside a walkable distance.
“If my mother and father are unavailable, I typically have to make use of a Seize automobile. Every journey prices greater than RM10. I really feel that I’ve spent quite a bit on Seize. Taking a bus would positively be cheaper,” stated Lee, who lives in Taman Connaught, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
“There must be extra bus stations in residential areas; it seems like there’s (comparatively extra in) city,” he stated.
One other pupil, Timothy Cheah, stated there’s a bus cease close to his home in Taman Alam Damai, in Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur. However he typically finds himself asking buddies or relations for a raise because the bus cease is in such poor situation.
“The amenities are incomplete. It solely has a signpost and I’ve to attend by the roadside. It’s additionally surrounded by uncleared vegetation and I ended up feeding the mosquitoes once I’m there, so I don’t use it fairly often,” stated Cheah.
The complaints of the three LRT commuters spotlight the necessity for feeder buses which has typically been raised by transport specialists.
Final month, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim introduced that RM600 billion has been put aside within the 2024 funds for transit operator Prasarana Malaysia Bhd to amass 150 electrical buses and assemble three new bus depots.
Nevertheless, the allocation was questioned by transport advisor Rosli Khan, who urged the federal government to give attention to enhancing the effectivity of Fast KL’s feeder buses. He stated feeder companies to LRT stations had been usurped by non-public automobile companies like Seize.