Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has announced that residents will benefit from a free bus service starting from April this year. The 28.2km route will cover some of the busiest parts of PJ.

Mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad said RM1 million from the annual budget had been allocated for the project, with the aim to show that public transport is a feasible option for people getting to work and to school.

The Mayor added that she hoped the free bus would be available every five minutes during peak hours and every ten minutes during off-peak hours.

According to news sources, the free route will start from the bus terminal on Jalan PJS 3/11 and continue to Jalan Penchala, Jalan Gasing and Jalan Sultan. Kampung Dato Harun KTM station, Asia Jaya LRT and Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) will also be covered.

The free bus service is one of several measures that MBPJ is undertaking in order to promote public transport and cut traffic congestion and parking problems. MBPJ has also talked about raising the price of parking in the city, as well as building 56 km of bike lanes.
With the rising cost of petrol and highway tolls, public transport may be increasingly appealing to many commuters. So what do you think? Will you leave your car at home and hop on a free bus instead?
Ling Low