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Rapid KL to revamp network
By Leong Shen-Li (thestar.com)

KUALA LUMPUR: Klang Valley’s biggest public transport operator, Rapid KL, will revamp its bus network next year to make it more efficient.

Deputy Finance Minister Tengku Putera Tengku Awang said this would involve dividing the services into feeder bus, city shuttle and trunk bus lines.

Tengku Putera said to make the revamp successful the Government would increase Rapid KL’s bus fleet from the current 500 to 1,000 next year and to 1,500 by 2008.

The network, which consists of over 100 routes in the Klang Valley, will be used to support the railway network backbone made up of the light rail transit (LRT) system, monorail and KTM Komuter.

"The revamp should be completed by the middle of next year," he told newsmen at the Parliament lobby yesterday. Rapid KL is fully owned by the Finance Ministry.

Tengku Putera said a common ticketing system using the Touch ‘n Go electronic fare card would also be completed by the middle of next year when all Rapid KL buses begin accepting the cards.

On the LRT, he said the capacity would be increased with new train sets as well as by adding coaches to existing trains.

Source: The Star

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