The Go KL free bus service will be expanded to include two new routes in the Lembah Pantai and Setiawangsa constituencies in conjunction with Federal Territories Day, the Kuala Lumpur mayor has announced, reported by The Star.

“The two additional routes will be launched by end February or early March, as part of DBKL’s efforts to reduce congestion and urban poverty in the city,” said KL mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan. “We also want to provide an alternative for people to go to work or head to train or bus stations,” he added.

The mayor was observing traffic conditions at Jalan Kerinchi on Saturday with Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil, who contributed some input for the Lembah Pantai route. Fahmi said the free bus service would benefit some 30,000 residents staying in Kerinchi and Pantai Dalam, especially those in PPR and low-cost flats.

“Based on a site visit and route test by DBKL last month, they identified some local issues that need to be sorted out before the route is finalised,” he said. Both men were earlier briefed by the developer of Bangsar South on solutions to address traffic congestion in the area.

The Go KL bus service, launched in 2012, is intended to provide a reliable, affordable, accessible, safe and comfortable “first and last mile” city bus service for private vehicle users, public transport users and tourists in the KL central business district. There are currently four lines of the free purple bus.