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Sustaining existing and prospective passengers of urban public buses: the case study of rapid Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

Ponrohono, Zakiah and Bachok, Syahriah and Mohamed Osman, Mariana and Ibrahim, Mansor (2016) Sustaining existing and prospective passengers of urban public buses: the case study of rapid Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia. International Journal Sustainable Future for Human Security (J-SustaiN), 4 (2). pp. 22-29. ISSN 2187 - 4506

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Abstract

The paper introduces the various improvements implemented on buses in an eastern coastal city in Malaysia. Public buses in Malaysia, in general, and Kuantan, in particular, have been facing many challenges, including dwindling number of passengers and high costs of fleet maintenance. The research focused on the passengers’ perspective of the new provision of bus services from the aspects of frequency, affordability, safety and security as well as comfort and convenience, all being sustainable public transport indicators adopted by Malaysia. Satisfaction with the current patronage and future aspiration were also evaluated against several quality measures of these buses and the waiting facilities. In ensuring the provision was sustainable, the company operating the bus services has also introduced disabledfriendly ramps for universal accessibility and on-board static and variable message signage and graphical presentation of bus routes and bus stops. Responses have been mixed on these value-added services. The research found that some socio-demographic and trip characteristics indeed influenced the current satisfaction levels, perceived services sustainability and passengers’ expectation of future services. Improvements, hence, have been recommended to the bus operators and discussion with the management of the company has been undertaken to ensure future sustainability of Rapid Kuantan bus services.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3499/53722
Uncontrolled Keywords: transport planning; public transport; passenger’s aspiration; user perception.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA2500 General works
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
Depositing User: Prof. Dato' Dr. Mansor Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2017 17:19
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 11:51
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/53722

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