By TAN KARR WEI
THE Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will be seeking public feedback on the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) next month.
“We have already engaged the public on this matter and we expect to put up a public display for feedback and comments by August,” said SPAD chief development officer Azmi Abdul Aziz during a buka puasa event at the Sime Darby Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Also present at the event were SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar and chief executive officer Mohd Nur Kamal.
The BRT is aimed at easing traffic congestion along the Federal Highway.
The first phase of the 17km alignment will start at an integrated station at the Batu Tiga Komuter station in Shah Alam, with dedicated bus lanes going along the median of the Federal Highway.
Strategic stops have been planned along the highway such as near Subang Jaya, Sunway Mentari, Asia Jaya LRT and Universiti LRT stations, with the route ending at Central Market.
“Some areas are not well connected to the LRT lines. The aim is for the buses to provide seamless travel for commuters.
“The buses will travel along the dedicated routes before joining existing bus lanes in the city centre.
“We are still discussing the possibility of going into the Mid Valley Megamall area and through Brickfields because those are high-traffic areas,” said Azmi.
He said the route would eventually connect to the North Klang bus teminal, allowing Klang commuters to travel to Kuala Lumpur city centre or switch to LRT and Kommuter stations along the way.
He disclosed that SPAD had held discussions with stakeholders who would be affected by the construction of the stations and lanes, and it had encountered a lot of resistance to the project.
“A lot of people do not see the benefits that the BRT will bring in the long run.
“The buses can run very frequently and we are looking at park-and-ride facilities along the highway.
“If motorists get caught in a jam, they will have the option to park their cars and hop on a bus to get to the city centre,” he explained.
Azmi added that the route was expected to be finalised before the end of the year and SPAD would call for tenders then.
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