Back in the 1970s until the 1990s, cute mini buses were a familiar sight on the roads. Many people would squeeze on to the Bas Mini to travel around as it was a cheap option. Unfortunately the service stopped in 1998 after public transport services were consolidated by authorities. However, RapidKL will be reintroducing the service next month on a trial period.
The Bas Mini service will begin operations on the 1st of September and will run for three months until the 29th of November. Buses will run along route T300 from the Bukit Indah hub up until Ampang Point. Three mini buses will take the route along Jalan Rasmi.
The intention here is to test if mini buses are a suitable answer to neighbourhoods with narrow roads. It also allows RapidKL to have better insight into a users journey experience.
RapidKL is looking to see if there is an encouraging number of users and demand for the service during the trial period. If so, they will consider retaining the Bas Mini service for the T300 route.
There is also the possibility of extending operations to other potential routes. Everything is part of RapidKL’s initiative to provide better service and frequency for commuters using the bus.
Mini buses run through smaller neighbourhoods will really aid in connecting people to available public transport. Sometimes it’s not that we don’t want to take public transport. Rather it is that finding our way to the station is more of a hassle.
The mini buses will carry about 31 passengers per bus and run every 15 minutes (peak hours) and 25 minutes (non-peak hours). It will be available from 5:30AM to 11:40PM. During this time, users are encouraged to provide feedback at either 03-7885 2585, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.