New RapidKL Greater Kuala Lumpur Bus Network

With the introduction of the new RapidKL Greater Kuala Lumpur bus network, the company surrendered some of its routes to other operators listed as below.

 

RapidKL bus route change. Source: RapidKL Twitter

 

New Bus Network for Greater Kuala Lumpur

Effective December 1st 2015, RapidKL has revamped its bus network, dividing the bus network into eight corridors, namely

  1. Ampang Corridor
  2. Sg Besi Corridor
  3. Lebuhraya Persekutuan Corridor
  4. Jalan Ipoh Corridor
  5. Cheras Corridor
  6. Klang Lama Corridor
  7. Damansara Corridor
  8. Jalan Pahang Corridor
RapidKL New Bus Network Announcement
RapidKL New Bus Network Announcement

The announcement came in quite late, considering the number of commuters using the service daily.

More information is available on RapidKL website, which is accessible at www.myrapid.com.my.

Receipt at Touch ‘N Go Lanes

  
If you need to retrieve receipts at toll plazas, then it might be cumbersome for you if you use Touch ‘N Go or Smart Tag regularly.

It is because if you need receipt, you are left with the following options:

  1. Take receipts at cash lanes
  2. Take receipts at Touch ‘N Go reload lanes

Both of these lanes are also used by 1) Customers paying by cash and 2) Customers reloading their Touch ‘N Go cards.

Therefore, presence of automated receipt dispensing machine is really appreciated. As shown in the picture above, there is a machine to dispense receipts at Touch ‘N Go lanes. This one is seen at westbound Batu Tiga toll plaza. No similar lane can be seen at eastbound one though.

We hope highway concessionnaires can come up with at least one of these lanes at major highways soon. It can surely eliminate congestion at cash and reload lanes.

Electronic Toll Collection at SMART Tunnel beginning 1 Sep 2015

Beginning 1 September 2015, SMART Tunnel will practice electronic toll collection only. By abolishing cash toll collection, the move is to help alleviate traffic problems commonly faced at the tunnel.

  
Similar move can also be seen by AKLEH, which also will abolish cash toll collection at some of its toll plaza.

GST on Public Transport Services in Malaysia

Effective April 1st 2015, Malaysian Government through Royal Malaysian Customs Department, RMCD (Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia, JKDM) will charge Goods and Services Tax (GST) for most products and services offered.

Question: Will there be any GST charge on public transport services?

Answer: No, there will be no GST incurred on public transport services.

Public transport services in Malaysia include KTM Komuter, ETS, KLIA Transit, KLIA Ekspres, taxi and bus services.

Exception: Air transport services

GST will be charged for the following:

  1. Malaysian carrier, domestic flights
  2. Malaysian carrier, international-bound flights from Malaysia

Foreign carriers are not subjected to GST.

PLUS Travel Time Advisory – 2014 Holiday Season

PLUS Expressways Berhad has published a travel time advisory (TTA) for people who will be using highways during peak travel time from December 24th 2014 to January 4th 2014.

 

Here is the advisory for northbound travel:

PLUS E1 E2 Northbound TTA New Year 2015
PLUS E1 E2 Northbound TTA New Year 2015

 

And here is the advisory for southbound travel:

PLUS E1 E2 Southbound TTA New Year 2015
PLUS E1 E2 Southbound TTA New Year 2015

 

This is a good initiative by PLUS and throughout the years we have found this to be a good method of combating congestion during peak travel time. Road users are strongly recommended to follow this advisory to ensure smoothness in your journey.