Monday, 16 April 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM
Transport Ministry hands over reconstructed facility in PJ Old Town to city council
The four-year wait for the completion of the Petaling Jaya bus terminal in Jalan Othman is finally over as it is now open to commuters.
The Transport Ministry handed over the new bus terminal to Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) during a recent ceremony.
The Petaling Jaya Old Town Bus Terminal, an initiative by the Transport Ministry and Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) since September 2014, was reconstructed at a cost of RM3.9mil.
The new double-storey bus terminal has six bus parking spaces, 16 stalls on the first floor, as well as bigger premises to house anchor tenants such as MyMydin, KFC and others.
MBPJ Engineering Department director Ismail Shafie said the new 2,300sq m bus terminal was part of an initiative to improve public transportation in Petaling Jaya.
“The reconstruction of the bus terminal was very important in upgrading the quality and comfort of public facilities for commuters using public transportation,” he said, adding that an opening ceremony to launch the new bus terminal would be held tomorrow.
“The bus terminal was designed with Green Building Index (GBI) features incorporating natural lighting and ventilation systems, replanting of trees around the building, observing ‘vertical landscape’, electrical and mechanical systems that save energy, as well as a smart building system element.
“It is strategically located nearby public facilities such as clinics, schools, post office and the PJ Old Town wet market, making it a community centre besides being the area’s transit centre.
“Through this initiative, we hope to witness the improvement in the people’s well-being without neglecting the quality and sustainability of our environment.”
Also present was Transport Ministry Logistics and Transportation secretary R. Veedran.
“The Federal Government is committed to improving public transportation in Malaysia for it to be more efficient, comfortable, and safe, especially in crowded areas like Klang Valley,” said Veedran.
“Various initiatives and impactful projects have been implemented by the government to enhance public transportation so people reach their destination easily and seamlessly.
“With the current bus terminal, we hope more people will start using public transportation as this will help reduce traffic congestion in Jalan Othman,” he said, extending his appreciation to MBPJ’s contractors and architects for their work on the project.
Other amenities available at the bus terminal include washrooms and parking bays for disabled people (OKU), ticketing counter, 24-hour convenience store, business office, police beat base, and an air-conditioned waiting lounge that can accommodate 50 people.
The bus terminal also adopted the “barrier free” concept by linking the building with walkways to existing areas for public convenience.