KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Independent Candidate Alliance member Sim Sie Hong is proposing several ideas for an efficient public transport system in Sabah.
He said good public transportation system is one the most important component for a city.
“In order to facilitate local businesses and promoting tourism, the city must have an “easy to use” public transportation system,” he said.
He proposes for the state government to allocate a public transportation fund to DBKK for immediate revival of the City Bus program, where passengers can hop on and off around the city with a standard low fare for senior citizens.
Sim said the bus route can be determined by City Transportation Department to maximise the usage of city buses by locals and tourists alike.
Authorities can consolidate all minibus license holders into a consortium or a transportation corporation where all license holders are share holder and work for the consortium, he said.
“Apart from that, a bus routing system can be formulated in the city in accordance to the population center and the frequencies of ridership in an area,” he said.
Sim said the state can engage a transportation consultant if needed to assist the City Hall to formulate the routing system to ensure a regulated and punctual bus service.
Another way is to allow the Consortium to submit a comprehensive business model to make sure the consortium can be operated within budget.
He said there can be reasonable profit for the shareholder even if the Government is unable to subsidise the operation cost.
Another way is for the state government to conduct the feasibility of using water taxi / water transportation as per the transportation policy in the Kota Kinabalu Structure Plan 2030 (KKSP2030).
Sim said if this water transportation system can be successfully implemented, traffic congestion woes in the city can be reduced.
He also suggested for the State government to provide better cycling network extensions throughout the city to encourage people to cycle to work and give incentives to offices that provide bicycle parking and all related facilities.
“Implement the bicycle sharing concept within the city initiated by DBKK before” he said.
To encourage walking within short distances, local authorities can consider improving connectivity in between housing area and local commercial centers.
Sim said there is a need to improve pedestrian walkways, make it safe and well lighted at night to encourage walking as well.
“Finally, I hope the new State Government can look into the need of an integrated Public Transport for Kota Kinabalu City urgently,” he said.
He said the KK Structure Plan 2030 clearly shows how connectivity between major towns and employment hubs can be more efficient with the multiple choices of public transport.
Among the suggestions in the master plan are water transportation such as water taxi and jetty station, monorail system and railway stations that includes major interchange for each services.
Sim said the diagram also clearly stated which potential and feasible routes are based on the future population growth by the year 2030.
“I sincerely urge the New State Government to engage professionals to translate the diagram into reality with good governance and administration,” he added.