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Sabah CM Optimistic About Rapid Bus Transit System Implementation

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KOTA KINABALU – The Sabah state government is optimistic about implementating the Rapid Bus Transit System here in the city.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the state government in a state cabinet meeting on Wednesday approved in principle, a feasibility study on the public transport proposal.

“The government is aware that an efficient modern public transport system like the Rapid Bus Transit, light rail transit (LRT), communter train and mass rapid transit (MRT) is needed for the convenience and comfort of the people.

“Nevertheless, to realise all these depends on our financial capability as building them would require billions of ringgit,” he said while launching the World Town Planning Day 2015 conference here today.

The conference organised by the Sabah Town and Regional Planning Department themed, ‘Public Transport Planning Towards Liveable Cities in Sabah’ was held to deliberate and share views on pertinent issues in town planning in the state.

“Without a good transportation system, the state’s economy would not progress rapidly and retard development expected by the people,” said Musa.

Meanwhile, state Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor hoped that participants in the conference would “think out of the box” in seeking the best solution to empower the transportation system in Sabah.

This is because, he said, Sabah’s roads and quality of public transport, “were still poor compared to other states in Malaysia”.

“If we don’t find a solution from now, Sabah might not be able to cope with the ever increasing traffic and this could affect the state’s economic development,” he said. – BERNAMA

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