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Monday, 8 May 2017

(The Star) Bas Muafakat Johor may see route changes, says exco

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The state government will look for ways to improve its free public transportation service Bas Muafakat Johor especially to areas outside Iskandar Malaysia.

State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Md Jais Sarday said they would study data on the popular routes.

“To record the frequency, passengers need to present their MyKad or swipe their Muafakat Johor cards.

“Based on the recorded frequency, the state government will try to change the bus routes to make the service more accessible to the people,” he said in reply to Gan Peck Cheng (DAP-Penggaram) at the state assembly sitting.

Md Jais said since April 1, Bus Muafakat Johor had expanded its service to other districts such as Muar, Batu Pahat, Segamat, Kluang, Simpang Renggam, Pontian, Mersing, Yong Peng, Tangkak and Kota Tinggi.

He also announced that from July 1, all passengers are required to use the Muafakat Johor cards when using the service so the Johor Public Transport Corporation could effectively gauge the number of users.

Since the introduction of the service in April 1 last year, a total of 2.34 million people had utilised the service within the Iskandar Malaysia area, where 31 buses make a total of 287 trips and travel 791.3km.