The Rapid KL double-decker bus, which can transport a total of 108 passengers at a time, will start operating today. Rapid KL CEO, Mohd Azam Omar, said initially only five buses will ply the U80 route from Shah Alam to the Central Market hub.

Speaking to Bernama, he said the route was chosen due its high demand and capacity during peak hours, and that the service would be expanded to other areas in stages by the end of the month.

“With these buses, more seats would be available for each trip compared with a regular bus, and we hope passengers can enjoy a more comfortable and safe ride,” he added.

The double-decker buses are equipped with priority seats and support the universal access concept for ease of use. CCTV cameras and information display screens are also fitted on both decks.

The UK-made 4.2 metre tall Alexander Dennis Enviro500 diesel double-decker bus has 83 seats and standing room for 25 people. Costing RM1.4 million each, it is capable of carrying 50 more people than RapidKL’s current single-deck bus.

The introduction of double-decker buses is part of Rapid KL’s efforts in achieving public transport usage by 40% of the population by 2030.