Rapid Rail has announced that effective today, May 15, shuttle buses will be deployed to complement the KL monorail service. The shuttle bus service will be available during morning and evening peak hours, Bernama reports.

According to Rapid Rail’s chief executive director, Datuk Zohari Sulaiman, the bus service will be available between KL Sentral monorail station – in front of NU Sentral – and the Raja Chulan monorail station. It will also service Chow Kit monorail and Bukit Bintang – in front of Sungei Wang Plaza – as well as the Hang Tuah and Raja Chulan monorail stations.

Buses will be deployed at intervals of between seven and 15 minutes from 7-9 am and between 5-7 pm. A nominal fare of RM1 will be charged, except at the Hang Tuah integrated station for customers travelling from the Sri Petaling/Ampang Lines. Here, the fare will be waived.

“In addition to the shuttle bus services, commuters can also opt for the Go KL free bus services, particularly the Go KL Blue Line, between Chow Kit and Bukit Bintang, and the Go KL Green Line between KLCC and Bukit Nanas,” he added.

Zohari said that the shuttle buses are being introduced as additional travel options since the KL monorail line was operating with only two-car trains at an eight-minute interval until further notice, following the grounding of the four-car trains last Friday.

“We have identified several safety-related concerns on the 4-car trains and have demanded Scomi, the train manufacturer, to carry out all safety-critical improvement works and re-certify the rail worthiness of the four-car trains,” he explained, adding that station announcements will be made regularly to update customers on the service status.