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RM100mil facility marks new era for public transportation

Courtesy of The STAR - By Zulazhar Sheblee On March 2, 2012

KUCHING: Sarawak's step towards having a modernised public transportation has begun with the opening of the RM100mil Kuching Sentral Regional Bus Terminal.

Equipped with modern technology, centralised ticketing system and electronic LCD information display of bus trips for passengers' convenience, the new terminal marked a new era for bus transportation and operators here.

It was declared open by ASSAR Group of Companies chairman Tan Sri Bujang Mohd Nor yesterday.

The terminal will be managed by Sentral Solution Sdn Bhd, which is jointly owned by Permodalan ASSAR Sdn Bhd and Inner City Sdn Bhd.

Sentral Solution director Raymond Sim said the objective here was to promote public transport across society and change people's mindset that the bus was only meant for the low-income group.

"All this while people think that those travelling by buses were from the low-income group but we want to change that by encouraging more people to use public transport," he told a press conference.

He said the terminal had several good features that actually benefited both passengers and operators.
One such feature was the display screen where punctuality of the bus was monitored.

"There have been cases where passengers were supposed to leave at 3.30pm but the bus only left at 5pm.
"Whereas now, if the bus is delayed, then it will be displayed on the board so passengers are aware. Same goes to late arrivals," he said.

He said the shopping complex next door also provided some comfort for those waiting. He believed the parking bays put in place were sufficient given the terminal discouraged buses stopping over for too long.
He said there were 15 platforms where buses could only wait for 30 to 40mins and this too would minimise carbon monoxide pollution from exhaust fumes.

Sim also said that Sentral Solution was in the midst of talks with the taxi associations and had allocated 10 parking bays for them.  As for the stage buses, he said they would provide feeder service from the terminal and plans were also underway to connect to the Kuching International Airport.

Short haul buses from Serian, Bau, Lundu and more would also stop here. With the new system for ticket sales, all passengers buying tickets from Kuching Sentral terminal would be automatically covered by a personal accident insurance of RM10,000.