Nearly one million commuters stand to benefit from an unlimited monthly pass for RapidKL rail and bus services, set to be introduced early next year, said public transport operator Prasarana.

According to Bernama, the company said in a statement that the move would encourage urban residents to use its services, reducing traffic congestion in the process. A reduction in the number of vehicles on the road would aid the government’s plan of turning Kuala Lumpur into a carbon-free city, the report added.

Prasarana also mentioned that it was committed to improving its bus network, and it plans to do so by utilising all of its assets – 1,131 RapidKL buses, 408 Rapid Penang buses, 69 Rapid Kuantan buses and 300 Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) buses. It added that it was ready to work with private bus companies to manage routes and services along with controlling costs, in order to maximise efficiency and quality of service.

During the tabling of Budget 2019 in the Dewan Rakyat, finance minister Lim Guan Eng said that the government had put aside RM240 million for the introduction of the new monthly pass, adding that an unlimited travel pass for RapidKL buses will also be made available at RM50 per month.

Prasarana also praised a RM20 million allocation to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to expand the free GoKL bus service, as well as the continuation of the LRT3 project. The latter has seen a large reduction in cost from RM31.6 billion to RM16.6 billion, and the company said it was confident that the project would complement the public transport network for the Bandar Utama corridor from Shah Alam to Klang.