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Monday, 8 May 2017

(The Edge) Free Johor bus service ‘to benefit five million this year’

JOHOR BARU: The ridership of the “Bas Muafakat Johor” (BMJ) free bus service is expected to increase to more than five million this year, according to State Education, Information, Entrepreneurship Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Datuk Md Jais Sarday. He said this was based on the addition of 11 more routes within Iskandar Malaysia, and 20 routes outside the area.

“BMJ, with 15 routes from April 1 last year to March 31 this year, recorded a total of 2.43 million passengers, involving the use of 31 buses, 287 trips, and 791.3km of travel distance in the state, he said when replying to Abd Taib Abu Bakar (BN-Machap) and Gan Peck Cheng (DAP-Penggaram) regarding people’s response to the BMJ service at the state assembly sitting here yesterday.

He said based on data from the Johor Public Transport Corp operations and control room, an average of 5,633 people used the service each day.

On another matter, State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the Johor government was trying to promote several new villages in the state as tourist attractions.— Bernama