Terminal Bersepadu Selatan

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Terminal Bersepadu Selatan at dusk

The Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS, English: Southern Integrated Terminal) is the main long distance bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is integrated with the adjacent Bandar Tasik Selatan station (BTS) rail interchange station, forms the TBS-BTS integrated transportation hub.[1]

TBS is one of the three planned Integrated Transport Terminals (ITT) of Kuala Lumpur, and the only one currently in operation. Originally intended to be the bus terminal serving southbound buses, TBS gradually took over bus operations for East Coast-bound and northbound buses from older city bus terminals. The other two ITTs, located at Gombak and Sungai Buloh, are in planning stages and will eventually become the main bus terminals for East Coast-bound and northbound buses respectively.[2]

History[edit]

TBS was built to relieve the heavily congested Pudu Sentral bus station (formerly and still commonly known as Puduraya) located in the city centre. Initially planned to be the bus station serving southbound express buses, the long-term plan was TBS eventually taking over the remaining express buses at Pudu Sentral, as well as East Coast-bound buses at Hentian Putra and Pekeliling bus stations. It was expected that Pudu Sentral would remain as a city bus station only.[3]

TBS opened for service on 1 January 2011, taking over southbound long-distance bus operations from Pudu Sentral.[4] The ceremonial official opening by the Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was on 14 April 2013.

Hentian Putra ceased operations on 1 December 2014, with its East Coast-bound bus services moved to TBS.[5]

On 1 November 2015, 545 of the 635 northbound bus operations at Pudu Sentral were moved to TBS, completing the replacement of Pudu Sentral by TBS as the city's main express bus terminal. Pudu Sentral remains in use as a terminal for short-distance buses and stage buses.[6][7]

Location and facilities[edit]

Inside the terminal

TBS is located approximately 10 km south of KL city centre relieving and bypassing road congestion in the city centre. The proximity of TBS to the Middle Ring Road 2 and Besraya Expressway gives easy access to Malaysia's expressway network.[8]

The terminal has 60 bus platforms, 150 taxi bays and 1,000 parking bays.[8] The terminal is fully accessible and equipped with amenities such as ATMs, baby care rooms, luggage trolleys and luggage storage.[9] Shopping and dining options are available.[10]

The terminal ticketing facilities feature:-

  • 41 Centralised Ticketing System (CTS) counters manned by staff from the terminal operator Maju TMAS
  • seven ticket vending machines.

The system is set up to deter touting.[11]

The departure hall is divided into three sections. Only ticket holders are allowed into the departure hall. They are required to go through an auxiliary police security checkpoint.[11][12]

Designed to handle 5,000 bus trips a day at maximum capacity, TBS handled about 1,300 bus trips daily as of October 2015, prior to the shift of northbound bus operations from Pudu Sentral.[7] As of December 2015, the terminal serves 52,000 travellers per day.[11]

Rail connections[edit]

TBS is linked by a pedestrian bridge to Bandar Tasik Selatan station.[1] Bandar Tasik Selatan station is served by three train lines:[13]

Management[edit]

The current operator of TBS is Maju Terminal Management Services Sdn Bhd (Maju TMAS). Maju TMAS is a member company of Maju Holdings Berhad.[14]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b TBSBTS official website Other Transports page
  2. ^ "Integrated Transport Terminal (ITT) Gombak". Land Public Transport Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Lee Yuk Peng (21 May 2009). "Steps to improve KL transport service". The Star. 
  4. ^ BERNAMA - Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal To Open in 1 January (Retrieved on 27 April 2011)
  5. ^ "Relocation of Express Bus Services from Hentian Bas Putra to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan Effective 1st December 2014". Land Public Transport Commission of Malaysia. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Northbound buses to operate from Bandar Tasik Selatan terminal effective Nov 1". The Sun Daily (Malaysia). 20 October 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Express buses leaving Puduraya". The Star (Malaysia). 21 October 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Chok Suat Ling (13 July 2008). "Cut the highways, look into buses, LRT". The New Straits Times. Archived from the original on 13 July 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  9. ^ "Facilities". Terminal Bersepadu Selatan official website. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Dine & Shop". Terminal Bersepadu Selatan official website. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c Nair, Vijenthi (10 December 2015). "No ordinary bus terminal". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Departure Lounge". Terminal Bersepadu Selatan official website. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c d Kuala Lumpur transit map Jan 2015
  14. ^ Bandar Tasik Selatan integrated transport terminal to open (Retrieved on 27 April 2011)