The MyBas stage bus service is set to commence by the end of this month with new routes in and around Perlis and Seremban. A total of 24 buses are expected to ply 15 different routes, circulating Kangar, Arau, Padang Besar and Wang Kelian, from 9 am to 6 pm daily, The Star understands.

In Seremban, a total of 107 buses are expected to ply 24 routes in the city as well as its outskirts and Nilai. Said routes are expected to stretch to Senawang, Tampin, Broga, Port Dickson and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The service has been touted to serve up to 7.47 million commuters in Seremban and 870,000 in Perlis annually.

However, the English daily has reported that a hiccup in establishing the electronic ticketing machines in the buses had led to delay. “However, we are still confident that the service will start by the end of this month,” a spokesman for the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) commented.

Additionally, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching are also expected to introduce a similar service in the near future – the former eager to begin operations by October this year. “We are in the midst of finalising the contract and vehicle operation cost. The contract is expected to be signed this month and the tentative launch date will be in October,” a SPAD spokesperson said.

A contract for Kuching’s stage bus service is expected to be signed come July 2015. Also stated in the report was SPAD’s intention to have local stage bus companies operate the MyBas service in peninsula, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu by 2020. The entire project is expected to cost the government RM2.7 billion by 2020.