Beginning Sept 1, Metrobus will no longer operate along the Rawang, Selayang and Bukit Beruntung routes. The routes will be officially taken over by another bus operator that also runs within the area, Setara Jaya Sdn Bhd (SJ Bus) – the company has been given exclusive rights to the routes, it was reported in The Star.

The decision was made by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) which has notified both SJ Bus and Metrobus. It was explained by operations manager of Setara Jaya, H.S Nik who said that due to the low number of passengers, the company had actually intended to stop the Rawang service because of this.

“Now that SPAD is entrusting us with this route, we will do all we can to serve the people better,” he said adding that the decision will now ease the company’s planning of the bus schedule and route frequency in Rawang and Selayang based on commuter’s needs. “We plan to install cameras in the buses to protect our property as much as to safeguard the passengers,” he mentioned.

SJ Bus which set up office at the Rawang bus terminal a little over a year ago, currently has a fleet that comprises of 85 buses while an additional order has been placed for 20 new buses, which it is set to receive in September, next month.

Currently, SJ Bus shuttles passengers along Bukit Beruntung, Rawang, Bandar Baru Selayang, Metro Prima Kepong and Taman Ehsan. It also ferries passengers to Pudu Sentral in KL and the Titiwangsa bus terminal.