Go KL City Bus

Go KL City Bus (style as GOKL CityBus) is a free bus service in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Previously managed by Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), the services were taken over by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) by 1 January 2019.[1][2][3]

GOKL CityBus logo.jpg
GOKL KLCC.jpg
King Long XMQ6121G in-front of KLCC
Founded31 August 2012; 10 years ago (2012-08-31)
LocaleKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Service area
Service typeFree bus services
DestinationsBukit Bintang MRT
Pasar Seni
Titiwangsa
MINDEF
Universiti
PPR Seri Pantai
KLCC
KL Sentral
Flat Kelumpuk Bambu
PPR Kampung Batu Muda
Sentul
Sri Rampai
Stadium Cheras
Bandar Sri Permaisuri
Cochrane MRT
Maluri
Fleet80
OperatorCauseway Link (Handal Indah), SKSBus

HistoryEdit

The free service were introduced by SPAD to help users save money by allowing users to move around Kuala Lumpur with no cost. Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Bukit Bintang and Chinatown areas are the first places to enjoy the service since it was launched on 31 August 2012 with 2 routes, namely the Purple and Green Lines.[4]

On 1 May 2014, the free service has added two routes, namely Red and Blue Lines, covering Chow Kit, Kampung Baru, KL Sentral and Bukit Bintang, thus making four different circular city routes that can be identified by the colour of the routes.

By 1 January 2019, the service was taken over by Kuala Lumpur City Hall due to the termination of SPAD in 2018. Since then, the service now focuses on the feeder routes to help low-income users commute easily between residential areas and business centres or stations. The Orange Line was the first feeder route to be introduced on 28 February 2019,[5] followed by the Pink Line in April 2019 and the Turquoise line in October 2019,[6] all launched by Khalid Abdul Samad. The Maroon Line was introduced in August 2020,[7] followed by the Chocolate Line in February 2021,[8] both launched by Annuar Musa.

On 27 October 2021, it was announced by Shahidan Kassim that electric buses would be deployed in the bus services as a carbon reduction initiative and two new routes will be introduced, namely the Parrot Green and Grey lines. Both routes started operations in November 2021.[9]

Open to residents and tourists, these services can be used at the GoKL City Bus official bus stop. Most bus stops are in close proximity to tourist attractions, major shopping centers, residential areas and easy way to connect through rail transit services such as KTM Komuter, Rapid KL and ERL.[citation needed]

Bus routesEdit

All buses make a circular one-way route clockwise based on Go KL route map. These routes are not parallel with the bus route with a fare such as Rapid KL buses to avoid competition on passenger load. Therefore, GoKL City Bus passengers are intended for travelling within the Central Business District (CBD) and residential areas, saving money and looking for a free ride.[10]

Phase Line Terminus Introduced Distance Total stops Connections Ref.
1 (last mile)  GREEN  KLCC Bukit Bintang 31 August 2012 7 km 15 5 KLCC
8 9 Bukit Bintang MRT/Monorail
8 Raja Chulan
[11]
 PURPLE  Hab Pasar Seni Bukit Bintang 31 August 2012 9 km 15 5 9 Pasar Seni
8 9 Bukit Bintang MRT/Monorail
8 Raja Chulan
[12]
 RED  Hab Titiwangsa KL Sentral 1 May 2014 13 km 22 3 4 8 12 Titiwangsa
8 Chow Kit
1 2 Kuala Lumpur
9 Muzium Negara
1 2 5 6 7 KL Sentral
[13]
 BLUE  Hab Tititwangsa Bukit Bintang 1 May 2014 12 km 22 3 4 8 12 Titiwangsa
8 Chow Kit
5 Dang Wangi
8 Bukit Nanas
8 Raja Chulan
8 9 Bukit Bintang MRT/Monorail
[14]
2 (first mile)  ORANGE  Hab Titiwangsa MINDEF 28 February 2019 10.4 km 24 3 4 8 12 Titiwangsa
8 Chow Kit
[15]
 PINK  LRT Universiti PPR Seri Pantai 1 April 2019 7.3 km 13 5 Universiti
2 Angkasapuri
[16]
 TURQUOISE  LRT Dato' Keramat Kelumpuk Bambu (Setiawangsa) 22 October 2019 10 km 20 5 Dato' Keramat
5 Setiawangsa
[17]
 MAROON  LRT Sentul PPR Kampung Batu Muda 28 August 2020 16.1 km 37 3 4 Sentul
1 12 Kampung Batu
[18]
 CHOCOLATE  LRT Sri Rampai Seksyen 10 Wangsa Maju 16 February 2021 12.1 km 34 5 Sri Rampai [19]
 PARROT GREEN  Terminal Maluri Bandar Sri Permaisuri 1 November 2021 13.8 km 35 3 9 Maluri
4 Cheras
[20]
 GREY  MRT Cochrane Bandar Tun Razak 1 November 2021 16.7 km 34 9 Cochrane
3 9 Maluri
[21]

FleetEdit

CurrentEdit

  • Yutong ZK6126HG (Causeway Link) - 40 buses (1 November 2021 - )
  • SKS LEC-300 (Causeway Link, SKSBus) - 40 buses (1 November 2021 - )
  • SKS Electric Bus (SKSBus) - 1 bus (1 November 2021 - )

Currently, the fleet consist of 40 Yutong ZK6126HG buses, managed by Causeway Link (Handal Indah), and 40 SKS LEC-300 buses, managed by both Causeway Link and SKSBus. The buses were painted with green and turquoise colour in line with the new DBKL initiative for a greener mode of transportation. The SKS Electric Bus entered service on 1 November 2021 on the Chocolate Line, and will replace all diesel buses by stages until early 2023.

 
Yutong ZK6126HG
 
SKSBus LEC-300
 
SKSBus electric bus

FormerEdit

  • King Long XMQ6121G (Rapid KL) - 20 buses (31 August 2012 - 31 July 2015)
  • Daewoo BV120MA (CityLiner) - 20 buses (1 May 2014 - 31 July 2015)
  • Scania K250UB (Rapid KL) - 40 buses (1 August 2015 - 31 October 2021)
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro200 (Rapid KL) - 20 buses (1 August 2015 - 1 May 2021)
  • Scania K270UB (Rapid KL) - 20 buses (28 August 2020 - 31 October 2021)

Previously, the fleet consisted of King Long XMQ6121G buses from Rapid KL for the Green and Purple Lines, and Daewoo BV120MA NGV buses from Konsortium Transnasional for the Red and Blue Lines, painted in purple and pink livery. These buses were replaced on 1 August 2015 with Scania K-series and Alexander Dennis Enviro200 buses.[22] Usually, the Enviro200 buses served the Blue and Red Lines, the Scania K270 buses served the Maroon and Chocolate Lines, and the Scania K250 buses served the rest, though the Scania K250 buses would also serve the other lines during rush hours. The buses were used until 31 October 2021, where all GoKL operations were transferred to Causeway Link and SKSBus. All the buses were returned to the respective operators and repainted to be redeployed on normal services.

 
Alexander Dennis Enviro200

Operation hours and bus frequencyEdit

Monday to Sunday: 6.00am - 11.00pm The frequency of buses is expected to be in 5 to 15 minutes for city routes, and in 30 minutes for feeder routes, depending on the traffic.[22] For people with disabilities, each bus has a wheelchair access ramp.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Star Online. "Free city bus service is the way to GO". thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  2. ^ The Star Online. "New free city bus service a relief to KL residents". thestar.com.my. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  3. ^ New Straits Times. "No stopping GO-KL, says SPAD chief". thestar.com.my. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  4. ^ Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (2016). Menyentuh dan mengubah kehidupan, menghubungkan komuniti : perjalanan transformasi pengangkutan awam darat 2010 - 2015 (in Malay). Kuala Lumpur: Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat. p. 31.
  5. ^ BERNAMA (28 February 2019). "Bas percuma GoKL Titiwangsa-Mindef bermula hari ini". HM Online (in Malay). Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  6. ^ "PERKHIDMATAN GO KL DIPERLUASKAN DENGAN LALUAN BIRU FIRUS". MyRapid. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  7. ^ Bailand, Vijenthi Nair. "Free bus service offers new route". The Star. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Free Go KL Bus adds Chocolate line, connecting Wangsa Maju to Sri Rampai LRT". The Star. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  9. ^ "grey Route: Schedules, Stops & Maps - Gokl Grey: LRT / MRT Maluri ↺ Bandar Tun Razak (Updated)". moovitapp.com. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Foreign tourists impressed with Go KL free shuttle service, says bus 'captain'". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Peta laluan, jadual, hentian untuk laluan GoKL Suria KLCC Bukit Bintang". Moovit. 18 November 2017. Archived from the original on 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Peta laluan, jadual, hentian untuk laluan GoKL Hab Pasar Seni Bukit Bintang". Moovit. 2017. Archived from the original on 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Peta laluan, jadual, hentian untuk laluan GoKL Hab Titiwangsa KL Sentral". Moovit. Archived from the original on 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Peta laluan, jadual, hentian untuk laluan GoKL Hab Titiwangsa Bukit Bintang". Moovit. Archived from the original on 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Peta laluan, jadual, hentian untuk laluan GoKL Hab Titiwangsa Mindef". Moovit. 2 March 2019. Archived from the original on 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Peta laluan, jadual, hentian untuk laluan GoKL LRT Universiti PPR Sri Pantai". Moovit. 19 April 2019. Archived from the original on 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Peta laluan, jadual, hentian untuk laluan GoKL LRT Dato' Keramat Flat Kelumpuk Bambu Setiawangsa". Moovit. 25 October 2019. Archived from the original on 26 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Maroon Route: Schedules, Stops & Maps - Gokl Maroon: MRT / KTM Kampung Batu ↺ LRT Sentul (Updated)".
  19. ^ "Chocolate Route: Schedules, Stops & Maps - Gokl Chocolate: LRT Sri Rampai ↺ Seksyen 10 Wangsa Maju (Updated)".
  20. ^ "parrotgreen Route: Schedules, Stops & Maps - Gokl Parrot-Green: LRT / MRT Maluri ↺ Bandar Sri Permaisuri Via Cheras Flat (Updated)". moovitapp.com. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  21. ^ "grey Route: Schedules, Stops & Maps - Gokl Grey: LRT / MRT Maluri ↺ Bandar Tun Razak (Updated)". moovitapp.com. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  22. ^ a b SPAD: Helping commuters get around the Central Business District (CBD) area