New city minibuses won’t be anything like previous ones, says Rapid KL

The old minibuses, which used to be packed like sardines, provided convenient and cheap services to the public in Kuala Lumpur 25 years ago. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The minibuses to be reintroduced in the federal capital are not like the non-air-conditioned and pink-coloured minibuses which residents in the federal capital were used to 25 years ago.

Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd CEO Muhammad Yazurin Sallij said the trial period, from Sept 1 to Nov 19, on Route T300, would use new minibuses which are 8m long and equipped with air-conditioning.

The buses, with a capacity for 27 seated passengers, are expected to save travelling time of 15-20 minutes on the trial route between the Bukit Indah Hub and Ampang Point.

They will make 15 trips in a day, he told reporters after a briefing session on the trial service for the Rapid KL minibus here today.

“Now, the buses used are larger in size and difficult to be used in high-density areas with narrow roads, such as in Public Housing Project (PPR) areas.

“Frequently, we are delayed as vehicles are parked on both sides of the roads.

“With the introduction of the minibuses, we hope we can increase and improve services in these areas after all the data has been gathered through a three-month study.”