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Putting public transport system on the right track
by Chow How Ban (The Star)

The Ninth Malaysia Plan (2006-2010), unveiled yesterday, will emphasise on the development of an integrated and efficient public transport system in the Klang Valley.

The Government will spend on building two integrated transportation terminals in Gombak and Bandar Tasik Selatan in Kuala Lumpur. Apparently, the proposed terminals will be located near Terminal Putra LRT station in Taman Melati, Gombak, and the Bandar Tasik Selatan LRT and ERL stations.

The Gombak transportation hub will serve places east of Kuala Lumpur while the Bandar Tasik Selatan hub will cater for the south.

Another 1,600 automatic vehicle location system, fitted with global positioning system tracking devices, had been placed in cars, taxis and public buses to help the centre create a real-time travel database for areas that were beyond the monitoring equipment's reach.

Besides warning displayed on electronic boards, motorists can find real-time (live information) traffic situations at www.itis.com.my or by calling the centre at 03-8947 4002 to plan their travelling journey better.

Last week, Federal Territory-Level National Safety Council chairman Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique, who is also Federal Territories Minister, proposed that ITIS be integrated with the police surveillance systems in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as part of the council’s effort to turn the two federal territories into safe cities.

He said the CCTVs operated by City Hall not only could be used to address traffic problems but also fight crime.

Speaking to reporters after his visit to the centre yesterday, Zulhasnan said ITIS is an advanced traffic management system comparable with similar systems in other developed cities.

"We have an advanced ITIS masterplan in which many other features have yet to implemented. We will study the masterplan again and provide more value-added services and applications.

"We have not made a decision on which agency should be responsible for traffic management if the integration is done. But to ensure the success of the safe city concept, we need to have an integration and include Putrajaya," he said.

Other services and benefits of the ITIS will be 24-hour live traffic information transmitted via SMS, MMS and radio broadcast, crime prevention up to 50%, detection of traffic violations and vehicle tracking as well as advertising services.

Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/4/1/central/13839836&sec=central

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