SPAD de­vel­op­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to pro­mote pub­lic trans­port us­age

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PETALING JAYA: Land Pub­lic Trans­port Com­mis­sion (SPAD) is us­ing tech­nol­ogy to achieve 40% pub­lic trans­port com­mut­ing trips by 2030, com­pared with only 20% at present, ac­cord­ing to its head of NKRA projects di­vi­sion Ah­mad Rahdi Maarof.

In a Smart Cities Con­fer­ence or­gan­ised by the Malaysian-Ger­man Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try and the Ger­man em­bassy, Ah­mad Rahdi said SPAD is de­vel­op­ing dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions (apps) for dif­fer­ent needs and func­tions. It is ex­pected to launch an app known as Jour­ney Planner App by the end of this year.

This app pro­vides point-to-point pub­lic trans­port op­tions. Last year, it launched MeterOn, a mo­bile app which is ded­i­cated for taxi and ex­press bus pas­sen­gers to lodge com­plaints di­rectly to SPAD.

SPAD will also be im­ple­ment­ing a one-card pay­ment sys­tem for all pub­lic trans­port in 2019. “Cur­rently, only 20% of our daily com­mute trips were made on pub­lic trans­port. Although this is higher than the 11% some years ago, we would like to dou­ble this. Malaysia has a car own­er­ship of 93%, which is ranked the third high­est in the world.

“By 2030, there will be 75% of ur­ban­i­sa­tion rate in Malaysia. Given the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and the in­creas­ing needs of com­mute, re­duc­ing the de­pen­dence on pri­vate ve­hi­cles and pro­mot­ing smart mo­bil­i­ties are the fu­ture di­rec­tion for a sus­tain­able liv­ing,” said Ah­mad. One of SPAD’s ini­tia­tives is the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Per­for­mance Mon­i­tor­ing Hub Sys­tem (PMHS). All SPAD buses will be con­nected to this cen­tralised sys­tem in or­der to mon­i­tor the ser­vice avail­abil­ity, trip com­pli­ance, and sched­ule ad­her­ence.

“Jour­ney Planner App pro­vide trip op­tions based on PMHS’ data. Users can search for the most ef­fec­tive and cheap­est way to reach one lo­ca­tion by pub­lic trans­port. For buses, the re­sults shown will in­clude the real dis­tance and es­ti­mated time of ar­rival of a mov­ing bus,” added Ah­mad. MeterOn App of­fers a chan­nel for taxi and ex­press bus pas­sen­gers to re­port di­rectly to SPAD about speed­ing and bad driv­ing be­hav­iour.

By sim­ply en­ter­ing the ve­hi­cle regis­tra­tion num­ber, pas­sen­gers can au­then­ti­cate a driver, check cur­rent of­fences, and view other pas­sen­gers’ feed­back and ex­pe­ri­ences, he said.

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