A new shuttle service to and from the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang is now in place at one of Subang Jaya’s premier shopping malls Subang Parade.
The service was introduced in January to cater for folks in Subang Jaya and surrounding neighbourhood.
“While there are taxis, this service would provide the Subang community with another option of public transportation. They don’t need to go through the hassle of taking the KTM Komuter to KL Sentral before transferring to a bus.
“For students from Sabah and Sarawak who are studying in Shah Alam, they can conveniently hop on-to the shuttle service to go to LCCT to catch their flight,” Anthony said.
The service called Star Shuttle is a tie-up with service provider Uta-magas Sdn Bhd, which owns and operates the fleet of buses.
“We have been toying with this idea of having a pick-up hub from Subang Parade since last year. However, things didn’t quite materialise until January when we spotted a bus parked at the KTM Komuter station, dropping off passengers.
“So we approached the driver to see if he could give us the company contact. We got to speak to the company management who were equally agreeable with the idea and the service started promptly the next day!” Anthony said.
He said the service was very much about giving back to the community.
“It's not just about shopping anymore these days at shopping malls. Our existence depends on customers and it’s only right that we look further than that. We want to be the pride of Subang Jaya and everyone from businessmen to old folks can come to us when they need a service to LCCT,” he said.
The 36-seater buses are new, fully air-conditioned and have a compartment beneath each seat for passengers to store their luggage.
The earliest departure from Su-bang Parade is at 4.45am while the last service is 9.30pm.
Travel time takes about an hour and passengers are advised to be at Subang Parade at least half an hour before the scheduled departure time. One way is priced at RM9 per passenger.
The service is also provided for passengers from LCCT to Subang Pa-rade.
Utamagas director Shahril Azmir Ahmad Shaffie said the service of-fered a cheaper alternative for people to get to the airport.
“We can assure customers that our timing is according to schedule, our buses leave right on departure time and reaches LCCT within an hour, unless there are unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.
“But I would recommend that people call us to let us know the time of their flights so that we can advise them whether they should take our bus or not,” Shahril said.
He added that frequency of buses was between an hour 15 minutes to an hour and a half for peak hours early in the morning, and a two-hour interval for non-peak hours in late morning until evening.
“We have also ordered new 44-seater buses, to operate soon.”
The route to the LCCT traverses through Batu Tiga turnoff to Central Sugar factory before hitting the Elite Highway.
“Unlike KL Sentral serviced by three different bus companies, we serve more suburban areas like Subang, Shah Alam, as well as Pe-keliling station and Jalan Ipoh in Kuala Lumpur,” he added.
Anthony said with the service, there was no need for friends or family to send you all the way to the airport.
“I've seen AirAsia staff taking this service too after being dropped off at our hub by their boyfriends or husbands! Even retirees and businessmen use this service.”
He said the mall was eventually looking into allocating a proper booth for selling tickets.
The hub is located outside the entrance in front of Digital One. Tickets can be purchased from the Utamagas staff seated at a table next to the bunting located at the hub where the bus stops.
For schedule information or enquiries, call 03-4043 8811 during office hours or 017-250 3377.
Alternatively, check the schedule affixed on boards inside the mall.
Source : STAR
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