DIVERTING almost 700 southbound express buses from the congested city centre on a daily basis, the RM570mil integrated transport terminal (ITT) in Bandar Tasik Selatan is now operating at full swing and is quickly becoming one of the more important transit points into Kuala Lumpur.
Designed to cater for an integrated means of public transport as its linkage to KLIA Transit, KTM Kommuter and Rapid KL LRT services, the terminal has been built with comfort in mind.
Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) head of state operations and terminal licensing Mohd Fuad Ahmad said the terminal provides facilities for private transportation with a total of 1,300 car park bays and 500 motorcycle parking bays.
“With this, the terminal provides its commuters with park and ride facilities so that they can leave their vehicles at the terminal and transfer to a bus, rail systems, or carpool to get to City Centre, either for working, shopping or sightseeing,” he said.
“The terminal is also well served by city buses – provided by Rapid KL and Setara Jaya Sdn. Bhd., as well as taxi services - both budget and executive,” he added.
Based on statistics compiled by terminal operator Maju TMAS Sdn Bhd, a total of 231,704 people had visited the terminal in April, the highest number since its opening in January.
“It shows that the usage of the terminal has improved since its opening due to its linkages to all form of transportation as well as facilities offered in the terminal,” Mohd Fuad said.
The terminal is also big on security with stringent monitoring over 496 CCTVs by security personnel at the Terminal Management Centre.
An Auxiliary Police Unit was also stationed within the Main Terminal Building and at the external areas within terminal compounds.
“The presence of government agencies such as SPAD, JPJ and PDRM on-site have rejuvenated the confidence level for users in using public transport as a preferred mode of travelling,” he added.
Based on the data compiled by the terminal operator, a total of 210,731 tickets have been sold via the centralised e-Ticketing systems from January to April.
Currently, the terminal records an average of 373 trips daily for departure and 322 trips daily for arrival based on data obtained between March and April.
However, there were concerns reported on the lack of road directions signboards leading to and around the terminal as there were only two directional signages installed at Besraya: North Bound and South Bound upon completion of the terminal.
Commenting on that Mohd Fuad said SPAD has conducted discussions with Maju TMAS, the Prime Minister’s Office as well as rail operators to improve the signage in the terminal.
“Road directions leading towards the terminal have been improved. We have installed 50 directional buntings in February with another 150 directional buntings put up in the middle of May at all major highways and roads leading to the terminal,” he said.
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