Sunday, August 1, 2004

Sunday news

Some interesting news today. The Sunday Star and New Sunday Times are reporting that Kuala Lumpur's messed up public transport system is soon to be overhauled and placed under a single authority. This can be only good news to my ears as I have been used to public transport in Britain. Unlike in Kuala Lumpur, I can buy a ₤4.70 off-peak underground day pass and use it to travel through four zones on the Underground, buses, Tramlink as well as Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Doing so enables me to visit my favourite shopping districts - Tottenham Court Road and Old Bond Street twice a month without going through the famous London congestion.

In KL, I would need to get a car just to go out and take away or buy from groceries. The transport is a mess. I need to walk out from one station and get a connecting train on another line with a new ticket. Hopefully in a couple of years once the initiative is finally set out, we would have a World class public transportation system. We have the necessary infrastructure. Now we need to set the goal. Maybe a couple of newer tube lines with less chessy names would help. We could even start thinking about cleaning our river up and use that as a
transportation hub like in London.

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