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Iskandar Malaysia Effective System Needed

12 Sep 2012

JOHOR BARU: Iskandar Malaysia needs an integrated public transportation system to provide efficient and reliable services for users within the southernmost part of Johor.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Syed Jaafar Albar said it would work closely with the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) to develop the system.

“Apart from Irda, we also need feedback and suggestions from other stakeholders on what system best suits Iskandar Malaysia’s development,’’ he said on Saturday.

Syed Hamid said this when met after presenting TR1MA tyre vouchers to 30 taxi drivers from Koperasi Pemandu-Pemandu Teksi Bandaraya Johor Bahru Bhd.

Also present at the event were Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Samad and the co-operative chairman Mahzaban Md Amin.

He said a comprehensive study need to be conducted on the current public transportation system within the Johor Baru district to identify several of its weaknesses.

Syed Hamid said findings from the study would help to improve the current system to better serve Johor Baru denisens and how to fully utilise the existing transport-related facilities.

“Johor Baru district needs more than one public transport terminals apart from the existing Larkin Public Transport Terminal,’’ he said.

Syed Hamid said Iskandar Malaysia needed a centralised intergrated transportation hub that interconnected to most parts of the growth corridor via various transportation modes.

He said as the country’s regulatory body for the public land transport, SPAD would leave it to Irda on the planning and implementation of the integrated public transportation system for Iskandar Malaysia.

Syed Hamid said SPAD has yet to receive a submission plan by Irda to develop the land belonging to KTM Bhd in Kempas Baru near here as the integrated transportation hub for Iskandar Malaysia.

He also said SPAD would be opening its office in Johor Baru upon receiving an approval from the Treasury Department to purchase an office lot here.

The Star

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