Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hang Tuah Bus Terminal fully operational

Hang Tuah Bus Terminal fully operational tomorrow

May 14, 2010 by Meena L. Ramadas

KUALA LUMPUR : The Hang Tuah Bus Terminal here will be fully operational from tomorrow for short distance express bus operations to Seremban and Tanjung Malim during the closure of the Puduraya Bus Terminal for renovations.

Federal Territories and Urban Well-being secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said in a statement the move was made to accommodate the demand for express buses operating for short journeys since the closure of the Puduraya terminal for four months since April 12 for renovation.

Ahmad Phesal said the Hang Tuah Bus Terminal will be fully operational as a stop and waiting area for express buses until the Puduraya Terminal is opened.

"The temporary terminal for express buses at Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex is for long-distance journeys," he said.

Ahmad Phesal said the Hang Tuah Bus Terminal will be used to provide bus services to:

> reduce traffic jams at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock near Central Market which, before this, was the stop for short distance express buses.

> establish the terminal as a systematic terminal for easy and smooth journeys via express buses

> increase the connectivity between various modes of public transport.

The Hang Tuah bus terminal is located next to the Kuala Lumpur Contingent Police office near Jalan Galloway and is 2ha in size.

The terminal is equipped with 120 lots for buses to park and around 260 motorcycle parking spaces with a building with facilities such as toilets, canteen and prayer rooms.

There are also stations of various public transport modes nearby such as the Hang Tuah LRT and Monorail, RapidKL feeder buses and taxis in the area.

The Puduraya Terminal is being renovated to provide passengers more comfort. The terminal is expected to re-open in August.

Metzelder says: That announcement does not goes well with me. Firstly the order to move to Jalan Hang Tuah is not well planned and rushed.

Secondly, it creates more inconvience to passenger who normally board their short distance express bus in front of Central Market that is along the Pasar Seni Rapid KL station.

All buses from Seremban will pick up passengers from Hang Tuah bus terminal and pass Central Market in contrast to normal waiting zone (only except Laluan Khas 6:30 by SKS).

For morning, buses will still stop at CM before 9am and after that will pass Jalan Lock Yew to Hg. Tuah bus terminal.

During night, passengers can wait at Pasar Seni station to board buses to Seremban. Buses will slow down when approaching Pasar Seni station, so be alert with small change.

How to get there:
Passengers can take Rapid E22 shuttle with RM 1 fare to Hang Tuah Terminal.