RapidKL has just increased their fares today, as announced in NST on 30 Apr 2005 in a report by Eileen Ng …
From Sunday, commuters will have to dig a little bit deeper into their pockets when they board any RapidKL bus.
Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (RapidKL), the company operating stage buses within the Klang Valley, will be increasing its fares by between 20 and 50 sen from May 1.
The new fare for travelling within a zone will be 90 sen per trip while travel between two zones will cost RM1.50.
Trips to three zones will cost RM2 while those covering four zones will cost RM2.50.
Fares for destinations in four zones like Klang will be tabulated at 7.2 sen for every subsequent kilometre.
Currently, travelling within a zone costs 70 sen, while travel between two zones costs RM1.20 per trip.
One has to pay RM1.60 for a trip to three zones while a trip to four zones will cost RM2 per trip.
The four-level zoning system was introduced in 2000 to ensure fares were fair to promote greater use of public transportation.
… The increases are 20 sen on 70 sen for 1 zone(30%), 30 sen on RM1.20 for 2 zones (25%), 40 sen on RM1.60 for 3 zones (25%), 50 sens on RM2.00 for 4 zones(25%); so increases of about 25% overall, as shown in the table.
- Bus fares up from tomorrow – Pauline Almeida in Malay Mail 30 April 2005 reported, “However, there is some cheer for those using the monthly Rapid bus pass as the company will be introducing a universal bus pass soon … Commuters will still be enjoying the old rate for the May bus passes which are being sold this week … Commuters will only be paying the new rates when they buy the June bus pass which will be on sale from tomorrow … the monthly bus passes are likely to be priced at RM58.50, based on RM1.50 per trip for Zone 1 (from RM47), RM78 based on RM2 per trip (from RM62) and RM97.95 for RM2.50 per trip (old rate, RM74)“.
- Improve services to justify fare, says Khaled – The Star 30 April 2005 reported, «Entrepreneurial Development and Co-operative Minister Datuk Mohd Khaled Nordin said the operators would lose out when the public who was not satisfied with their services used other means of transportation. â€œThat is why I have repeatedly reminded taxi drivers and express and stage bus operators that their service must be good and efficient, more so with the fare increase. The public expects value for their money. The reason why the Government has decided to allow a fare increase is because we want players in the public transportation industry to improve their services,â€? he told reporters after presenting letters of approval for taxi permits to 228 individuals and six co-operatives in Johor Baru yesterday.»
- Taxi and bus fares going up – Lucia Lai on 7 April 2005 wrote, “I hope before the increase can be made, the authorities will check that their service will improve.“
- Bus and taxi fares to rise next month – Malaysia Today on 2 April 2005 reported, “The government announced on Thursday that fares would go up by 0.9 sen to 12 sen per kilometre. The new rates will be effective for five years.“
- Company works to meet pledge – Chin Mui Yoon in The Star 29 March 2005 reported, “Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (Rapid KL) has reaffirmed its pledge to alleviate public transportation woes in the city within 18 months as it promised when taking over the management in Feb this year … the company is currently operating at the minimal requirements for 94 routes but needed 700 more buses to achieve its goals … One of the first steps Rapid KL has taken is to introduce a schedule of 15-minute wait times for buses on its 13 busiest routes.“