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More to enjoy community bus service
By EDWARD R. HENRY firstname.lastname@example.org
THE Free Community Bus (FCB) service that was introduced in PJ Utara and PJ Selatan to cater to residents, especially housewives and schoolchildren, will be extended to other parts of Petaling Jaya by popular demand.
The bus service was also aimed at reducing carbon emission.
Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohammad Roslan Sakiman said the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) had observed the FCB services for 36 months and found that people in both areas had accepted a green lifestyle by using the bus services.
“Our effort is to get the residents to use public transport, cut down carbon emission and reduce the number of cars on the roads.
“PJ Utara and PJ Selatan neighbourhood routes are plied by three MBPJ buses that continually loop throughout the day,” Roslan said.
He added that both areas with the free bus service had proven to be a success as there were fewer cars moving in and out of the neighbourhood on weekdays.
“Now, we want to introduce this concept to other neighbourhoods where such services are in need. For this initiative to take off, the residents associations (RAs) are encouraged to conduct their own audit to ascertain if the residents are keen to use the FCB,” he said.
Yesterday, at the Petaling Jaya Car-Free Day launch, Roslan received 1,680 pledges from MBPJ staff and councillors that they would use public transport to get to work at least once a month.
The pledges were handed to the mayor by councillor Tang Fuie Koh in the presence of other councillors.
Yesterday morning, department heads, councillors and staff of MBPJ rode the Light Rail Transit (LRT) to Taman Jaya station before they boarded the FCB at 7.45am to the MBPJ headquarters in Jalan Yong Shook Lin. There were others who either cycled or walked there.
Roslan said that in the 1970s and ’80s the Sri Jaya buses used to ply the residential roads of the Petaling Jaya neighbourhoods but the services were discontinued in 1983.
“We need to reactivate with alternative transport like the FCB. For this to take place we need to identify the routes based on feedback from the RAs,” he said.
He added that the council also had two free wheelchair-friendly vans catering to disabled people.
On the feasibility of introducing bicycle lanes, Roslan said MBPJ would have to conduct studies to see how best the council could use the pedestrian paths that linked Jalan Gasing via Taman Jaya to PJ New Town, MBPJ and PJ Old Town.
“All these will be done in gradual phases,” he said.
Councillor Yusof Ludin, who travelled on the LRT and got off at the Taman Jaya station before hopping into the community bus to MBPJ office, said: “I feel good using the public transport. I make it a habit and urge others to do the same. We can protect our environment by reducing carbon emission as we only have one Earth,” said the 68-year-old.