Sadly, it has been alleged that today the getting of a license to operate a public bus service is getting tough - whereby that decision is allegedly now with the Federal Government. Realistically, it should be the Local Council and/or maybe the State Government who would be more aware of the real local needs of the ordinary people residing in the area...and as such, approval and permits should be at this level.
Public bus transportation is in fact an essential public service, and as such, it should really be under the government.
True, for some areas, there will not be too many customers - but even for the few, they need to be provided public transportation. Yes, some routes will never be profitable - but that does not mean, you can discontinue the services. If that happens, pity the people who live in kampungs, small tamans and housing areas. Not right...
2016 - we should already be having radio taxis, with call in service, and fixed rates(metered) throughout Malaysia...
Operation also would mean, provision of covered bus-stops and also provision of 'schedule' information at all bus stops. Services should be regular, and should be frequent at least once every 20-30 minutes. And during peak periods, when people go for work, the frequency must be higher. It is the 'non-dependability' of existing bus services that is deterring people from using public bus services. Bus services also need to operate at least until 11.00 pm, noting that the closing of supermarkets and shops usually is at 10.00pm. It is best that operation is 24 hours, where the frequency should maybe be once every hour during non-peak hours. Remember, that in many factories, workers work on shifts and the time these shifts start and end must be considered.
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