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Around 120 RapidKL buses, including 40 double-deckers, are set to hit the streets in September, The Star reports. The buses will be capable of picking up an additional 10,000 passengers daily when they begin serving the more heavily-used roads in the Klang Valley.

The 4.2 metre tall Alexander Dennis Enviro500 diesel double-decker will have 83 seats and standing room for 25 people, as well as a screen showing how many free seats there are on the upper deck. It is capable of carrying 50 more people than RapidKL’s current single-decker buses. Costing RM1.4 million each, the double-deckers are disabled-friendly and fitted with security cameras.

“Right now we know that some of the routes have a lot of demand during the peak period. By introducing more opportunities, maybe we can get more people to start using public transport,” Prasarana group MD Azmi Abdul Aziz told the English-language daily.

He added that although the routes have not been confirmed, it was possible for the buses to run on traffic-heavy roads like Jalan Ipoh or Jalan Pahang.