RapidKL has announced that it has introduced double-decker buses on the U64 route service, which runs from Taman Sri Muda in Shah Alam to Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, Bernama reports.

The fare for a double-decker bus is no different from a regular RapidKL bus, and a one-way journey from Taman Sri Muda to the Central Market costs RM3. The four double-decker buses used for the service are expected to ferry around 5,000 passengers during weekdays and around 6,000 on weekends and holidays.

The company said that the U64 is the fourth route to utilse the 4.2 metre-tall Alexander Dennis Enviro500 diesel double-decker after the U80 route from Section 2, Shah Alam to the Central Market, U30 from Ampang to KLCC and the service from Kajang to Jalan Silang, Kuala Lumpur.

According to RapidKL Zone Three manager Sarifudin Saidin, the double-decker bus service had been well received by passengers since it was introduced for use in the fleet in September. To date, 14 out of the 40 double-decker buses have started operating in the Klang Valley.

The Enviro500 double-deckers can carry 108 passengers (83 seated, with standing room for 25 people), which is 50 more than RapidKL’s current single-decker buses. Costing RM1.4 million each, the double-deckers are disabled-friendly and fitted with security cameras, and passengers are able to see how many free seats there are on the upper deck via a display screen.