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    RapidKL Bus Services

    New Bus Service north of KL from March 18.

    Back on Jan 16, RapidKL introduced the City Shuttles, unlimited service between 5 different "hubs" in the city centre, for only RM2. The use of the service has steadily increased...and so has the jam of buses on the roads of the KL City Centre.

    I have just found out that on march 18, Rapid KL will begin the second major step in restructuring the RapidKL bus service.

    New Service
    On March 18, the new service will begin in the areas of Kepong, Selayang, Bt. Caves, Sentul, and Gombak. RapidKL will introduce two new types of buses.
    These will be the tempatan buses (Local buses) and the bus utama (trunk/major buses).

    The local buses will service many stops on the way to a major suburban point, such as an LRT station, or a mall or bus station. From that point, the passenger will have to board a trunk bus which will travel express to the Titiwangsa hub. At the Titiwangsa hub, the passenger will board the City Shuttle, or the Monorail, or the LRT, for further travel into the city centre.

    So, the main difference is this: instead of one bus serving all points from suburb to city centre, there will be 3 buses: shuttle service at the outer end of the route, shuttle service inside the KL city centre, and express bus service in between.

    Routes
    Local Bus routes: 35 when service is fully in place
    These routes will be signed 200-235.

    Major Bus routes: 4 express buses to Titiwangsa will be introduced on March 18. There are 3 express buses that will not go to KL, but will service the suburbs. These will be introduced later.

    The express buses to Titiwangsa will be signed 2T1-2T4, and the express local buses will be signed 2S1-2S3.

    City Shuttle Routes: Currently 5 City Shuttle routes (101-104, 109) service the Titiwangsa Hub.

    Fares
    The cost of the local bus will be RM1
    The cost of the trunk bus will be RM2
    The cost of the City Shuttle will be RM2

    Each of these tickets will get you unlimited use on that type of bus only.

    A daily pass for unlimited bus service alone will cost RM4.
    A daily pass for unlimited bus service and LRT service will cost RM7.

    Other Service
    Service to Puchong will begin in April, and service to USJ and Subang should begin in May or June (according to a supervisor at KL Sentral Station).

    Cheers, m
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    Do you think the new rapidKL bus service will make a difference in SJ and USJ?

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    My main questions about the new service are:

    1) This is a huge and complicated system requiring transfers from bus to bus, and ending up with higher fares.

    Are KL bus passengers willing to give up their "1 seat for 1 fare" and switch from bus to bus, if there is better, more reliable service?

    2) After the service is implemented, no rapidKL buses except the City Shuttles, will enter the KL City Centre. However, Metrobuses and other companies will still do so.

    Would you rather stick with Metrobus, SJ bus, etc. for the "1 seat for 1 fare" or would you be willing to give the new rapidKL service a try?

    3) Subang Jaya already has shuttle bus services, and many bus routes. So far it hasnt made enough of a difference.

    Do you think the new rapidKL bus service will make a difference in SJ and USJ?

    Cheers, m
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    If the bus fares are more affordable, why not? The daily pass shld be integrated with bus and LRT modes. Introduce and market also the monthly pass at more affordable rates and unlimited rides on any routes/any mode (bus, LRT, Monorail). In Subang, some routes shld be realigned to serve some critical areas which is traffic prone.
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    If a bus commuter has to take multiple buses and during the day needs to make a lot of travelling, then this one size fits all is very attractive. For every lucrative venture, there will come touts who make money out of it. In no time, beside hearing about recycled APs, we will start to read about recycled bus passes.

    For bus commuters who sit on their butts throughout the day after having reached their office in one piece and go no where else, then these people will opt for the 1 seat one fare.

    The question is "Can we have such baskin robbins 31 flavours bus services in a small city like KL? Let's not talk about the touts yet as it will confuse the whole equation which is already unbalanced.

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    RapidKL website updated for new bus service in Region 2

    RapidKL has updated their website to show information about the new bus routes in Region 2, which is the north KL area.

    gives the new routes and the route maps for these new routes, as well as the old routes that are now out of service.

    This route map shows you an example of the new routes and the old route that is being replaced.

    However, you wouldn't be able to find the information if you were not carefully looking for it. See the main page to understand what I mean.

    Oh, and the old information and old route maps for the "region 2" (north kl) are still posted on the website too...for example, this poorly labeled route map of the rapidKL stage buses or this route map of the feeder buses which doesnt actually mention that these are feeder buses.

    Nice job, rapidKL. You get an E for effort. Nowhere to go but up.

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    [QUOTE=pcyeoh]If a bus commuter has to take multiple buses and during the day needs to make a lot of travelling, then this one size fits all is very attractive.
    For bus commuters who sit on their butts throughout the day after having reached their office in one piece and go no where else, then these people will opt for the 1 seat one fare.

    The question is "Can we have such baskin robbins 31 flavours bus services in a small city like KL?" QUOTE]

    Yes, exactly. I think transit watchers will be comparing the growth of companies like rapidKL (which offers the transfer bus system) against companies like metrobus and selangor (which offer the one seat system) to see which one works out better.

    One great thing about KL is that it is not lacking for bus services and competition. What is lacking is coordination at the top level, effective organization, and really listening to the customers.

    Cheers, m
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    I spent last evening riding the new bus service in Region 2 (north of KL, Gombak, Selayang, Bt. Caves, Kepong, and Sentul), to get an idea of the service changes.

    I also spoke to rapidKL people and bus users to get their feel for the new service.

    Generally, the comments are positive. Right now the major issue is the learning curve...people are having to get used to taking 3 buses, the new fare system, the new shuttle buses, etc.

    One advantage of the new system (according to a user I spoke to) is that the shuttle buses give access to areas that the older bus system didnt service, and is very good for trips between major points out in the suburban areas.

    I find that this makes good sense, as not everyone wants to go to KL. Also, the bas tempatan (local shuttles) actually go deep into the neighbourhoods. Hopefully having this transit option will get people out of their cars.

    Some interesting things to note:

    • The information about bus routes is very complete and comprehensive. All bus stops have bus route information showing both the old and new routes, as well as the City Shuttles and the new Region 2 network. There are also large signs at the major hubs.

      Buses are colour coded as well. A red circle/sign means the bus is a City Shuttle, a blue circle/sign means a bas utama, and a green circle/sign means a bas tempatan (local shuttle).

      There is a new MTrans bus, similar to the ones used for the City Shuttles. However, it is a higher floor and less well-appointed than the City Shuttles. The seats are one piece plastic (as opposed to having padding, cloth, etc).

      The plastic seats are the transportation version of the plastic seats at the mamak stalls...a cheap design, but solid.

      There is currently shuttle service to KTM station Segambut (From Titiwangsa) and KTM station Kepong (from Metro Prima). There will be a connection between Sg. Buloh KTM and Metro Prima in the future.


    I took the following trip:

    7:15 board bus route 2T4 (bas utama) at Titiwangsa
    7:35 disemark at Metro Prima
    7:40 board bus route 229 (local shuttle) to B. Baru Selayang
    8:05 arrive at B. Baru Selayang
    8:10 board bus route 207 (local shuttle) to Warta Lama
    8:25 arrive at Warta Lama
    9:15 board bus route 204 (local shuttle)
    9:25 route 204 departs to Greenwood
    9:30 arrive at Greenwood
    9:45 board bus route 2T2 (bas utama) to Titiwangsa
    10:10 arrive at Titiwangsa
    10:25 board bus route 102 (City Shuttle) to Medan Pasar
    10:40 arrive at Medan Pasar
    10:55 board rapidKL Kelana Jaya Line to Kelana Jaya
    11:15 arrive at Kelana Jaya
    11:20 board rapidKL feeder bus 900-B at Kelana Jaya
    11:40 home in SS12

    The total cost for the bus service, excluding the rapidKL feeder bus and LRT, was RM4. The RM7 all day bus and LRT pass is not being offered yet.

    Now, this is my question: Subang Jaya already has a good system of Shuttle Buses...will adding more rapidKL shuttles make much difference? Also, when the new buses are added, will there be enough space for them on the roads, and at the bus stands?

    Cheers, m
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    Hi, This post is very informative, however I would like some specific information. If someone can help me then please send me a private message. Best Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nabeel
    Hi, This post is very informative, however I would like some specific information. If someone can help me then please send me a private message.
    Do post your question if at all possible. Then one of the regulars here would surely provide assistance.
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    Hi, is there any bus from SS14/ SS15/ SS13 to USJ21. TQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice-T
    Hi, is there any bus from SS14/ SS15/ SS13 to USJ21. TQ
    No, there are no buses to USJ21. The furthest is USJ 13.

    It would be suicidal to walk from usj 13 to usj 21, it takes more than one hour walk.

    I suggest you buy a motorbike.

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    Hi.... I am a new user at USJ forum... Actually i am a Regular RapidKL user... I stay in Puchong... everyday I take about 1 hour 30 minutes to my office by take RapidKL bus...
    Below is my route from my houseto my office...
    House to Bus Terminal at Puchong Utama- My mom's car or driving myself to there...(10minutes)
    Bus Terminal to Pasar Seni- U60 (1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, depends to the traffic)
    Pasar Seni to My office at Jalan Alor- U40, U41 or U49(10 minutes)

    And you know this only cost me RM2 for whole day!!! it saves my money alot...

    I had read all the post in this thread...and i found out most of them are not satisfy to the services that provided by RapidKL...
    But I think RapidKL is still developing... Give them some times... I think in future they will having the better routes for every1 in Klang Valley..

    Btw, if you all got any suggestions, complaint or idea about RapidKL bus and LRT services, you all can go into this website http://rapidfanclub.21.forumer.com to drop some message... You all are welcome!!!

    Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joekang86
    Hi.... I am a new user at USJ forum... Actually i am a Regular RapidKL user... I stay in Puchong... everyday I take about 1 hour 30 minutes to my office by take RapidKL bus...
    !!
    Are you the administrator on that site ?

    It is cheap but few people wants to waste 1 hour 30 mins to go to work everyday.

    When is the LRT to puchong going to be built ?

    The bus system sucks because of the long waiting time for buses like U43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pucman
    Are you the administrator on that site ?

    It is cheap but few people wants to waste 1 hour 30 mins to go to work everyday.

    When is the LRT to puchong going to be built ?

    The bus system sucks because of the long waiting time for buses like U43.
    yup... me and my friend opened the site to give a platform to everyone who have any opinion, complaint or any experience about RapidKL or RapidPenang services...

    For me the 1 hour 30 mins to go to work cannot be escape because i stay so far and the traffic is so worst along Jalan Puchong and Jalan Kelang Lama. even i driving to work also need about 45minutes to 1 hour to reach my work place... But the fare is cheap, thats why i don't mind about the time..

    I think the LRT system to Puchong will be built within 4 years time

    FYI, the frequent fot U43 is 1 hour 1 bus...

    thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by joekang86
    yup... me and my friend opened the site to give a platform to everyone who have any opinion, complaint or any experience about RapidKL or RapidPenang services...

    For me the 1 hour 30 mins to go to work cannot be escape because i stay so far and the traffic is so worst along Jalan Puchong and Jalan Kelang Lama. even i driving to work also need about 45minutes to 1 hour to reach my work place... But the fare is cheap, thats why i don't mind about the time..

    I think the LRT system to Puchong will be built within 4 years time

    FYI, the frequent fot U43 is 1 hour 1 bus...

    thanks...
    It's very frustrating after all the promises on the LRT to SJ, now very quiet. No progress report.....nothing!! Anyone got any idea??

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