Sunday June 22, 2008
By GEETHA KRISHNAN
PUTRAJAYA: The recent fuel price hike has contributed to an increase in public transport usage in Putrajaya.
Pengangkutan Awam Putrajaya Sdn Bhd (PAPSB) has recorded a 10% increase in the number of passengers opting for the internal Nadi Putra bus service since the 41% petrol hike was announced in early June.
Nadi Putra was previously managed by Eco-Coach (M) Sdn Bhd with PAPSB, a subsidiary of Putrajaya Corporation (PJC), taking over the operations from May last year. An estimated 9,300 passengers use the service daily.
Nadi Putra currently serves 12 routes and is operational from 6.30am to 12.30am. The fare is 50 sen for adults and 30 sen for children.
At the launch of the Zero Road Deaths Campaign at the Nadi Putra bus depot in Precinct 9 recently, PJC president Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said five more buses would be acquired to boost the service.
“The population of Putrajaya is currently estimated at 50,000. The additional buses to complement the existing fleet of 55 will be brought in by year-end,” he said.
Of the 55 buses in the current fleet, 51 are NGVs.
Samsudin also said that motorists were encouraged to leave their vehicles at the park-and-ride facilities and to travel by bus to ease the parking woes here.