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Thursday, November 8, 2012







GO KL CITY BUS

 

THE Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) plans to introduce more routes for the free GO-KL city buses following the success of the service launched recently.

The free GO-KL city bus service has made travelling in the city easier
The free GO-KL city bus service has made travelling in the city easier. Pic by Mohd Yusni Ariffin
KUALA LUMPUR: A SPAD spokesman said the additional routes are still being studied but the service is expected to be within the city's central business district.

The free bus service introduced by the government on National Day has received positive feedback from commuters.

Vera Gan, 69, said it was a very good effort by the government and the service should be extended to other areas.

 "This is beneficial to those who rely on public transport. It's a real help for tourists, especially," she said.

Gan added that the transition between other public transport and the GO-KL stops is easy as the stops are located at strategic places.
"I had to walk quite a distance before the service was introduced. Now it is easy for me to get to my destination and furthermore, it's free," she said.

Another passenger, James Dean, said he found out about the service by accident and has been using it ever since.

"I saw the 'free' sign and thought why not try it out," he said.

The 84-year-old said the frequency of the bus service is what he appreciates most.

"I do not have to wait under the hot sun for long. I hope the service will be a continuous effort," he said.

Tourists Thomas Dietert and Elvira Kern from Germany found the free bus ride a bonus to their already enjoyable time in Malaysia.

"We are on a one-year-long 'global triathlon'. We were surprised to see the free bus service here," said Kern, who found out about the service at a tourist information booth.

The couple travelled through Europe before coming to Malaysia via Thailand.

Dietert said it was truly a delight to find the free service as they are travelling on a very low budget.

"We are glad to use the service as we can now go to all the tourist spots for free. We do not have this in Germany.

"Maybe I can bring this flyer back to our mayor and suggest to him that the system be introduced there. It is great for tourists," he said.
The GO-KL bus service operates between 6am and 11pm daily. There are a total of 15 buses, completed with free Wi-Fi on board.
The bus service plies two routes, namely, the Green Line and the Purple Line, with a total of 25 stops in between the journey.

Two of these stops intersect, allowing passengers to switch buses, if they need to.

The Green Line starts at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) travelling through Bukit Bintang and back, with 13 stops in between.

The Purple Line starts at Jalan Sultan Muhamad, passing through Bukit Bintang and back to Jalan Sultan Muhamad.

The free rides, with a frequency of about every 15 minutes, have made the service a favourite among many commuters and tourists.
Those keen to ride on the buses should look out for the "Free" sign on the windscreens of the buses, which are painted in purple. There are "GO-KL" signs at the designated bus stops.

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