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It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the newly-implemented Bus Network Revamp (BNR). Some routes on the stage bus network revamp, which began on December 1, have been facing a shortage of buses, and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has announced that it will deploy a further 59 buses in stages to high demand areas to overcome this issue, Bernama reports.

The commission said via a statement that areas which were experiencing problems will be assigned additional buses to stabilise the frequency of the service. High demand areas include Kepong, Selayang and Puchong.

The Jalan Ipoh corridor will see an additional 22 buses introduced to the route, and another 10 will be added to the Sungai Besi corridor, which covers Serdang and routes from Putrajaya to Bandar Utama, on December 18, SPAD said.

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Elsewhere, the bus service provider for the Federal Highway corridor will add 27 buses to cover Kampung Delek, Pandamaran, Sri Pendamar, Johan Setia, Sungai Rasau, Banting and Bandar Klang routes starting from December 25.

The commission said that the additional buses would alleviate the bus shortage issue faced by operators in a number of sectors. This has led to service frequency being affected, resulting in longer passengers’ waiting time, something the BNR is supposed to have addressed.