PETALING JAYA: Unlimited travel pass priced at RM50 per month for using Prasarana Malaysia Berhad rail and bus services in the Klang Valley will begin on January 1.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the My50 unlimited train and bus pass replaces the old My30 unlimited pass, which was introduced by the government as part of the PENJANA program in June 2020.
“The promotion period for My30 ends on December 31, 2021 and it will be replaced with a RM 50 per month travel pass, which was announced by the Minister of Finance in the 2022 draft budget in the Dewan Rakyat on October 29, with RM 115 million set aside for the initiative, ”Dr Wee said at a press conference to announce the introduction of the My50 travel pass at Gombak LRT station on Monday, December 28.
He added that the introduction of the My50 travel pass was proof of the government’s concern for the welfare and welfare of the people, especially in the current difficult situation in line with the aspirations of the “Malaysian family” .
Open exclusively to Malaysians, the My50 travel pass offered unlimited travel for Malaysians to use all public transport services operated by Prasarana such as stop-and-go LRT, MRT, BRT, Monorail and Rapid KL buses as well as shuttles. Jom Naik MRT by simply paying RM50 for a period of use of 30 consecutive days.
The My50 travel pass service was also available in Penang for unlimited use of the Rapid Penang bus service under the Pas Mutiara label.
“For Penang, the pass will be called the My50 Mutiara Pass and can be used for the Rapid Penang service bus stop,” Dr Wee said, adding that for now, installing the pass. pass was not extended to Rapid Kuantan, which is another bus service network operated by Prasarana.
To make this travel pass initiative a success, the government has allocated RM115 million as a grant to cover the costs incurred by Prasarana to provide world-class public transport services, he said. .
“With the introduction of this My50 travel pass and with the continued good development of the National Recovery Plan (PNR), we are convinced that 2022 will see an increase in the number of passengers using the services operated by Prasarana”, he added. he adds.
Overall for 2021, based on data up to December 24, the average number of daily passengers handled by Prasarana is 462,246 passengers with an average number of rail passengers of 324,517 per day and 137,729 passengers for buses, which cover Rapid KL, Rapid Penang and Rapid. Kuantan Services.
Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, Prasarana was handling up to 1.1 million passengers per day in 2019, Dr Wee said.
“With its capacity and capacity, Prasarana is able to increase the frequency of the trains and buses it operates if demand increases, while ensuring that passengers continue to enjoy a comfortable, smooth and safe journey.” , added Dr Wee.
Although it is a huge investment for the government to provide the unlimited pass, Dr Wee said it is crucial to do so as the public transport sector plays a role in well-being. of the population and the economic development of the country.
As the Prime Minister underlined at the launch of the Malaysian Family Pass on November 22, public transport has an important role to play in realizing the aspirations of the Malaysian family.
“Besides being a tool to unite the nation in realizing the aspirations of the Malaysian family, efficient public transport services will also encourage the development of business activities and generate economic growth for the country.
“Therefore, I sincerely hope that people will continue to support public transport services and use the facilities provided by this My50 unlimited travel pass to revitalize the country’s economy and the spirit of Malaysian family unity,” Dr Wee added.
Although the My30 travel pass expired on December 31, Dr Wee said those who purchased the travel pass and Mutiara pass on that day could continue to enjoy the facility until January 30, 2022 before. to have to switch to the My50 pass.
In Klang Valley, the public could purchase the My50 pass at the Rapid KL customer service offices at all LRT, MRT, Monorail and BRT (Sunway Line) stations.
The pass was also available at some KL Rapid Bus hubs such as Pasar Seni, Chow Kit, KLCC, Sri Nilam, Puchong Utama, Pearl Point, Sunway Pyramid, Greenwood and Section 2 Shah Alam.
Outlets in Penang can be found at selected kiosks in Rapid Penang such as KOMTAR, Weld Quay (Terminal B), Penang Sentral, Bukit Jambul Rapid Penang Headquarters (Lorong Kulit), Dato Kailan Complex (Kepala Batas), Balik Pulau and Bukit Mertajam.