Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Public transport not popular?

Public transport not popular?

The obvious answer to the above would be, "duh!". Well, to state the obvious, the transport ministry thinks so too.

It's minister, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat told the press that it want more folks to use the public transport, but at the same time "recognises that services first need to be improved".

Having hopped on a bus himself, Ong said he was willing to hear the concerns of consumers as well as players in the public transportation sector.

According to media report, currently, only 16% of the Klang Valley’s population uses public transport and the Government would like to increase this figure to 25%.

Ong was also quoted as saying that that among the main complaints were irregular service in certain areas, lack of service during non-peak hours, vehicle breakdown and poor maintenance of bus terminals and bus stops.

He added that he would also look at having unpopular residential roads being properly serviced by public transport.