The Masjid Jamek station of the future?

TRANSIT notes some very interesting images that have finally been posted on the hoardings for the construction project at Masjid Jamek LRT station.

Image of the future Masjid Jamek (with Ampang LRT removed), courtesy of @Bukhrin.

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Public transport can repair urban sprawl, ‘deviant’ and ‘loopy’ bus routes

Human Transit blogger Jarrett Walker has a very interesting post on “transit’s role in sprawl repair” in which he discusses the way that suburban arterial roads could be redesigned to “humanize” streets and make them more public transport and pedestrian friendly in order to manage growth and curb the more negative effects of urban sprawl.

As you can imagine, Malaysian suburban arterial roads have been designed and redesigned with a focus on improving “traffic flow” – that is, reducing existing and potential bottlenecks (such as traffic lights, roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, etc) which could cause cars to slow down or stop, leading to the dreaded “congestion” that everyone seems to fear.

Unfortunately, what they cannot do (or have not attempted to do) is reduce the number of cars on the roads – which means that all of their efforts to improve traffic flow go up against an increasing number of cars making an increasing number of trips, during an increasingly long period of the day – the perfect recipe for increased traffic congestion.
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Check out London’s newest ‘Red Bus’

TRANSIT learned recently that the “New Routemaster” double decker bus design has been unveiled at the London Transport Museum‘s Acton Depot.

The new bus by Wrightbus was chosen as part of a design contest to revive the much loved London Routemaster double decker bus and eliminate articulated (“bendy”) buses – a campaign pledge of current Mayor of London (and Chair of Transport for London) Boris Johnson in 2008.

A classic London Transport Routemaster bus is paired with the model of the 'New Routemaster' at the London Transport Museum - images courtesy of core77.com

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How about showing some real respect for our Golden Years Citizens?

Last week, TRANSIT took note of the following story in the Star Metro about the various concessions that are offered to senior citizens in Malaysia – which also lamented that some senior citizens did not know that they were entitled to these concessions.

But the images accompanying the article left the members of transit with a mix of feelings – ranging from amusement to disappointment to anger and shame.

 

Two Golden Years citizens attempt to climb aboard a RapidKL bus. Image courtesy of The Star.

 

 

Slowly does it: A senior citizen boarding a bus at the Klang bus station. Image courtesy of The Star.

 

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Double Decker buses in Penang by end 2011?

TRANSIT noted a very interesting article in the newspaper, also cross posted by RapidPenang on their own website.

The article highlighting RapidPenang's interest in purchasing double-decker buses by the end of 2011. Image courtesy of RapidPenang.

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More information can be found in the articles below
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KTM Update: Electric trains on west coast routes in 5 years!

TRANSIT notes the following article which shares some positive news about train service in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia (and the east coast and Sabah as well, when you think about it). Continue reading

Bandar Tasik Selatan ITT to open next year

TRANSIT notes the following information about the Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal

Bandar Tasik Selatan ITT to open next year (The Star)
Monday August 30, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: The RM570mil integrated transport terminal (ITT) in Bandar Tasik Selatan is scheduled to be completed on Nov 19.

The terminal will only be fully functional and opened to the public in 2011.

The bus terminal in Bukit Jalil that temporarily serves as a depot for south-bound buses will be moved to the Bandar Tasik Selatan ITT then.

In addition to buses, the terminal will also be an interchange for rail services like KTM Komuter, the LRT Ampang Line, the Express Rail Link to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and RapidKL buses.

The six-storey building will consist of bus terminals on the first floor.

Departure and arrival bays will be on the second floor.

The lobby for passengers will be on the concourse level and taxi stands will be on the third floor.

There is a commercial area located on the fourth floor while parking bays will be on the fifth and sixth floors.

TRANSIT Says:

This waiting is killing us.

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