Thursday July 12, 2012
Most Petaling Jaya residents welcome MBPJ’s plan to revamp the transportation system
RESIDENTS are all for Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) proposal for an efficient transportation system that is priced reasonably, convenient to use and environmentally friendly.
About 50 residents who were interviewed at random, generally felt comfortable leaving their cars at home to use the proposed public transport.
Most of them also said the transport should come on time and frequently to ensure efficiency.
On Wednesday, StarMetro reported that the council planned to improve the bus service with 13 feeder bus stops and three bus stations.
Apart from that, MBPJ also proposed to have trams, water taxis and electric trishaws in the city.
All Petaling Jaya, Selangor Residents Association Coalition (APAC) adviser Mohamed Umar Peer Mohamed said it supported any plan that would improve the public transportation system.
“We must encourage the use of public transport.
“We also support investment in sustainable public transportation, which includes making use of rivers, roads and solar power for the people’s convenience,” he said.
Mohamed Umar added that the proposal also had economic and environmental benefits.
“I hope Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd will work with the city council to ensure that the project materialises,” he said.
Construction firm chief audit executive Lyndon Felix said transport accounted for over 35% of carbon emissions contributing to climate change in Malaysia.
“At the same time, petrol prices are on the rise and we need to have a transportation system that utilises solar energy.
“Electric trishaws are welcomed for now but we must move towards using solar-powered machines,” he said.
On buses which operates on the road median, Felix said dedicated lanes would ensure speed and reliability, and make it attractive to commuters.
Taman Megah Residents’ Asso-ciation secretary Simon Teh said community involvement would grow when people use public transport.
“People are more likely to meet each other and become more aware and interested in what is happening in their neighbourhoods,” he said.
Federation of Kwong Siew Association of Malaysia president Ho Sai Chong said the proposal was well-planned.
“Our members are happy as one of the proposed feeder buses is close to the Mother of Dragon Temple in Damansara Perdana.
“However, it is important that the council holds regular meetings with the people to discuss the plans, provide updates and get feedback,” he said.
Ho added that the council must also look into providing cheaper transport and adopt the use of smart ticketing, such as Oyster cards in London, where the public get to travel within a certain radius for a fixed rate.
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