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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

(The Star) Study under way for Bus Rapid Transit

KOTA KINABALU: A detailed study is under way on how a bus rapid transit (BRT) system will be implemented in the state capital, Kota Kinabalu City Hall director general Datuk Joannes Solidau said.

He said the BRT would link the major bus terminals at Inanam and Kapayan to downtown area.

“The plan calls for BRT services within the downtown area as well as populated suburban zones such as Luyang,” he said.

Joannes said the BRT was a part of the master plan to improve transportation in Kota Kinabalu.

“Other parts include reorganising the flow of traffic by turning some roads into one-way streets,” he said.

The master plan was being worked on by a panel in the state Infrastructure Development Ministry.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the BRT was the best option for Kota Kinabalu instead of a light rail transit (LRT).

He said an LRT service would be justifiable if there were tens of thousands of commuters to be transported daily but Kota Kinabalu did not have such a population base for now.

Rahman said the BRT was meant to improve Kota Kinabalu’s public transport system, which he described as “challenging” now.

He said a person using public transport to travel 15km from Inanam to Putatan in the city would take up to two hours.