Sunday, October 25, 2015

Kuala Lumpur - Klang BRT (Budget 2016)

During Budget 2016 tabled by Malaysian corrupted leader, RM1 billion to be allocated for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Kota Kinabalu and the RM1.5 Billion for the Kuala Lumpur - Klang BRT.

This is shocking announcement to include BRT system as part of transportation system in Kota Kinabalu when tram service or feeder bus will work in a sloppy city. Rationale of the project is behind some mysterious trade off between leaders of the affected party.

Artist illustration of KL - Klang BRT

From early information, the line will be about 34km long, with about 25 stations along it. About 80% of the KL - Klang BRT line will be connected to the LRT (Light Rail Transit) and KTM Komuter rail lines, with all stops linked to other bus services.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Uber, Grabcar in KL

It is expected to see Uber and Grabcar, both private hire vehicle to transform and provide stiff competition to unreliable taxis in Klang Valley.

Uber has hit Malaysia since past 2 years starting out in Klang Valley, then Johor Bahru and Penang. With the ease of usage of app, reliable service and even cheaper than metered taxi fare have given the passengers a better choice.

Grabcar is a brainchild from long standing MyTeksi app which connects most of taxi drivers in Klang Valley. The mode of operation is almost similiar with Uber but with better cars and higher fares.

Experience read

  1. Seasonal Uber driver:
  2. Falling share of passengers: More switch to ridesharing

They have managed to find great/glaring loopholes in the existing regulations and take advantage of technology, enforcement challenges and a horrible taxi service.

Effectively Uber just connects you to a driver but has no way of knowing if that driver is legally permitted to drive you.

Supply vs demand
Reportedly there are whooping 37,000 taxis alone in Klang Valley, yet Uber and Grabcar service are well received. It added a significant supply to serve a stagnant market (so there's a fiery competition).

We will be glad to see a significant change of paradigm of public transportation in near future. The real question behind is not whether Uber is illegal or not but more on the service & practicality of dual mode (taxis & ride share) in market.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

UMNO cybertrooper in work

Recently a number of cybertrooper with malicious identity and profile are going all out to defend Mr. Najib and the UMNO party as whole.

Below are the excerpts of tweets that showed the party:

1) Member of UMNO Bukit Bintang branch (Actual name: unknown)

The above tweets with hashtag #janjipruBNmenang has raised concern on possibility of dirty tactics used in General Election and allegation of DAP as racist party.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

KL City Grand Prix 2015

The upcoming first Kuala Lumpur City Grand Prix has caught public a surprise following road closures that will take place on Friday (7 August to 9 August).

Below is the traffic management plan by organiser.
Road closures during the race

Among major roads that will be closed are part of Jalan Ampang, part of Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Perak and Jalan P. Ramlee.

Pedestrian walkway during the race (before 6pm)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Klang Valley MRT underground station concept

Quartz formation inspired the architectural design concept of the ground level entrance structures for the seven underground stations of Klang Valley MRT: Muzium Negara, Pasar Seni, Merdeka, Bukit Bintang, Tun Razak Exchange, Cochrane and Maluri.

The Aecom-Veritas team is in charge of Muzium Negara, Pasar Seni, Merdeka and Bukit Bintang stations, all of which are located in heavily built-up urban sites, while the Mott MacDonald-NEUformation team took care of Tun Razak Exchange, Cochrane and Maluri, all located in sites that are currently being transformed by large, mixed development projects.