The state government will continue to improve the Bas Muafakat Johor (BMJ) free bus service from time to time to offer better services to consumers.

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The state government will continue to improve the Bas Muafakat Johor (BMJ) free bus service from time to time to offer better services to consumers.

Housing and Local Government committee chairman Datuk Md Jais Sarday said Johor Public Transportation Corporation (PPAJ) would work together with the respective local authorities to improve the BMJ services.

He said the agencies involved would conduct studies and revise routes with low usage for three consecutive months, taking into account the population density.

Md Jais said the population density included public buildings such as schools, places of worship, public markets, health clinics and hospitals.

“Upon completing the study, we will either extend or make changes to the timetables of the services,” he said when replying to a question from Dr Sheikh Ibrahim Salleh (PAS-Sg Abong).

Dr Sheikh Ibrahim wanted to know what the public response was towards the BMJ free bus service in the state in general and Muar in particular.

Md Jais said PPAJ would also identify suitable locations to promote the routes and sell Kad Muafakat Johor in all districts in the state.

“We will also embark on campaigns regularly to create better awareness to encourage more people to use public transportation,” he said.

Md Jais said PPAJ would also look at integrating the BMJ services with other modes of public transportation now and in the future.

He added that as of September 2017, some 4,054 million commuters have used the free bus services that were introduced almost two years ago.

Md Jais said the services were introduced in Muar on April 1 this year and, up to September 2017, 11,248 commuters have used the service that covers three routes with three buses on the road.

The routes are from Terminal Maharani to Parit Setongkat, Jalan Kampung Tengah, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kampung Parit Keroma, Taman Bahagia, Jalan Junid, Pekan Bakri and Jalan Jeram-Sungai Terap.

Source: The Star Online