Monday, May 3, 2010

Hooray for TRANSIT, Malaysian public transport advocates

I am impressed by the rise of public transport advocacy in Malaysia, especially a group in the Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area called TRANSIT.

I am sure recent Malaysian legislation to set up a Public Land Transport Commission must owe something to TRANSIT's efforts.

Malaysian public transport policy has often been woeful but these reforms look promising. TRANSIT's detailed and critical analysis is a good starting point for understanding the changes. Their website is rich with information on Malaysian urban transport.

For several years now, this energetic group has been persistently pushing for better public transport priority, planning and budgets. Their attention to less sexy issues like regulation and institutional reform is also impressive.

I can see an enormous improvement in the level of public discussion on public transport policy in Malaysia since I lived there in the late 1990s. Much of the credit must go to the advocacy groups like TRANSIT (full name: ‘The Association For The Improvement Of Mass Transit’) .

Congratulations and keep up the great work.

1 comment:

  1. Dr. Paul Barter

    Thank you very, very much for your kind words of support. We only hope that we can live up to your expectations and those of the public.

    Regards,

    The members of TRANSIT

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