The newly initiated public transport panel in Malaysia announced some plans to temporarily solve a few of issues on particular routes.Except expanding the current LRT routes,the panel works with RapidKL to open up some BET(Bus Express Transit) and BRT(Bus Rapid Transit) services by steps.
BET is a system where the buses utilise less congested highways to link heavily populated areas and the city centre. Naturally, by using the highways, travel time is reduced as the highways are less congested than the normal routes. The service will have limited stops and rely on feeder buses and park-n-ride facilities to ensure sufficient ridership. With BET, travel time is expected to be reduced by up to 50 per cent on certain BETs.There are 2 routes being added into the running map:RapidBET1 – Kota Damansara to KL Sentral & Pasar Seni via the Penchala Link & RapidBET2 – Bandar Sungai Long to KL Sentral & Pasar Seni via the Grand Saga Highway.
For this initial introductory stage, BET will run at 15 to 20-minute intervals during the morning and evening peak hours. Frequency and service periods will be increased at a later stage depending on the demand for each route.
My two cents:
I’m happy to see that the government finally realized the importance of national public transport system.As my view,a higher efficient public transport system could save a lot of money and time for the residents and indirectly improve the quality of life as people may not be necessary to buy a private car and so no expenses on petrol as well.Everybody likes less congested roads,right?