Friday, 11 August 2017

(The Star) Seri Kembangan gets free bus service

Catherine Chong, a 38-year-old housewife in Seri Kembangan, is happy that the Smart Selangor free bus service has finally been introduced in her area.

“I will use the bus to get to the market as it can be difficult to find a parking spot there,” she said.

Kelly Yoong, a 46-year-old housewife, is also happy that she can now take the bus to get to the hospital and the KTM station.

“I do not drive and often rely on ride-hailing apps to get to those places.

“Now I can take the bus to the hospital and the KTM station to go to other places such as Mid Valley Megamall,” she said.

The Smart Selangor service began in Sri Kembangan on Aug 1 with stops at the KTM Serdang station and Hospital Serdang.

The service, which is also known as Bas Selangorku, will operate from 6am to 10pm daily.

There are four buses and two routes and Route A, which runs every 30 minutes,will include stops along the KTM Serdang station, Serdang Jaya, Sri Serdang, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Hospital Serdang.

Route B, which runs every 20 minutes, will include Taman Bukit Serdang Seksyen 4, Kampung Baru Seri Kembangan and Taman Kembang Sari.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) deputy president and acting president Mohd Zulkarnain Che Ali, Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah, Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming, and MPSJ councillors tried out the new service recently.

Mohd Zulkarnain Che Ali said this is the fourth and latest phase of the free bus service in the municipality.

“The cost for this phase is RM1.25mil and MPSJ will cover around RM625,000.

“The first two were financed by the state government, the third one in Kinrara BK 5 was financed by the council, and the cost for the Seri Kembangan buses is shared by both the state and MPSJ.

“The next phase may be launched in Puchong,” he said.

Ean Yong said this year, the Selangor government had spent RM14.84mil on the free bus service which began on July 1, 2015.

“There are currently 52 Selangorku buses and the state will introduce more soon.

“All the buses are equipped with free WiFi.

“In some areas, the councils will bear half the cost, such as the Shah Alam City Council and MPSJ,” he said.

Ong added that the service would benefit new village folk, especially senior citizens as well as those who need to go to the hospital.

“There are no public buses in the Seri Kembagan new village.

“The MRT will only reach Serdang in 2021,” he said.

In Balakong, two Smart Selangor buses began operations on Aug 2.

Stops include the Bandar Tun Hussein Onn MRT station, Cheras Perdana, and Taman Tun Perak.