Saturday, 15 July 2017

(The Star) Free bus service for Bukit Jelutong residents

Bukit Jelutong now has its first public transportation service — the Smart Selangor free bus service number SA05.

Realigned to accommodate the neighbourhood, this was initially meant for Section U6 that was also in need of a bus service into Section 13, Shah Alam.

However, Shah Alam city councillor Foong Saik Hoong saw a need for the bus service to be extended into Bukit Jelutong, which is located near Section U6.

“It is a 10-minute detour but the free bus will definitely help the people,” he said.

The service began on July 1, with several passengers trying it out.

The bus service will help passengers transit to other buses that would take them into the Section 14 Shah Alam city centre, as well as KTM stations heading to Kuala Lumpur.

The bus route passes through five schools — one in Section U6, two in TTDI Jaya and two in Bukit Jelutong — as well as six commercial areas, with a 45-minute frequency.

“I met a few women who were taking the bus from TTDI Jaya to the morning market in Kampung Baru Subang for the first time.

“This could mean better business for traders in the market as well as surrounding commercial lots,” Foong added.

The bus heads to Section 13 in Shah Alam where an interstate bus hub is located, in addition to Aeon Shah Alam.

From there, passengers can transit to other Smart Selangor buses that would take them into the city centre as well as to the Batu Tiga KTM station.

Foong is hoping to extend the service by another 2km into Taman Subang Perdana, where the bus SA672 goes to the Ara Damansara and Kelana Jaya LRT stations as well as to the Kwasa Damansara MRT station in Sungai Buloh.

The bus stop is a prime location, especially since there is a bus to Pasar Seni in Kuala Lumpur.

Bukit Jelutong Residents Association vice-president Ariffin Buranudeen said it was a good idea, especially since it encouraged the use of public transport, which saves energy and is great for the environment.

However, Ariffin had two concerns about the service, namely that the bus has to be timely or it would lose passengers.

“There will be no justification to continue the service if there are no passengers,” he added.