A new intercity bus terminal complex is currently under construction at Bandar Tasik Selatan, located at the fringes of Kuala Lumpur. The bus terminal, slated for opening towards the end of 2010, will cater for intercity express buses heading to the south. The opening of the Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transportation Terminal (ITT-BTS) will help to alleviate the infamous congestion at Kuala Lumpur’s biggest transportation hub, Hentian Puduraya.
ITT-BTS will be linked to three train stations in the vicinity, namely KLIA Transit, KTM Komuter and the Ampang LRT Line. The terminal will also be accessible via a road linking to the nearby Besraya Highway and the Middle Ring Road Two Highway. Facilities for the disabled will also be provided throughout the six-floor terminal. A total of 100 parking bays will be provided for buses, complete with a system to track the arrival of buses.
When initially planned, the ITT-BTS will only serve southbound services, but a new plan was announced this year which will see services to the North and East Coast be relocated to the new complex as well when completed. However the new plans were seen to be unpractical and subsequently scrapped. It is however not known at this stage if buses to and from Singapore will be relocated also.
In tandem with the construction of ITT-BTS, a temporary bus depot/park is also being built near Hentian Puduraya. Designed as a holding area for buses to park before proceeding to Puduraya to pick-up passengers, the depot’s development will be built in two phases for completion by January 2010. As many as 135 bus parking lots will be available when fully completed. The depot will come complete with facilities like toilets, prayer and changing rooms, rooms for bus drivers to rest, cars and motorcyle parking lots and even a round-the-clock security personnel, who will be stationed there to prevent any unauthorised vehicles from parking within the depot.
Bus services to the North and East Coast will not be left out in the relocation plans. The government has proposed that two other Integrated Transportation Terminal will be built at Gombak (eastbound services) and Selayang (northbound services). The two proposed ITT will replace the existing Jalan Duta Terminal, Pekeliling Terminal and Putra Terminal.
Jom Naik Bas! comments:
Certainly a good step to improve the situation at Puduraya. Hopefully the new terminal will serve as a benchmark for similar developments in the future and improve the intercity bus network generally. I wonder if Singapore has any new plans for an intercity bus terminal. It’s just plain messy that express buses to Malaysia are scattered all over the island. Hopefully, the Express Bus Agencies Association (EBAA) can work out with the relevant authorities on its vision for a similar development in Singapore.