Integrated Transport Terminal (ITT)

There's a famous quote:
A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars, it’s where the rich ride public transportation. -Enrique Peñalosa

Yes, public transport is one of the important infrastructures that the government should invest in to become a developed country. However, building it is not enough, we must ensure everyone disregards the social status is utilizing it.

However, to evaluate the effectiveness of a public transport system, the intracity connectivity is not the only indicator.

The world now is more connected than ever. Almost no country is living in isolation in this era of globalization. People are moving around more frequently than ever for various reasons - e.g. trade, migration, and vacation.

Therefore, everyone should also look into developing the intercity public transportation systems to cater to the growing world population and to promote the more environmentally friendly means of transportation.

In Malaysia, there are various plans to improve the connectivity between different states in Peninsular Malaysia and the neighboring countries which are Singapore and Thailand.

The plans include Electric Train Service (ETS) Gemas-Johor Bharu, East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), KL-Singapore high-speed rail, and Johor-Singapore Rapid Transit System.

However, we must not overlook the express bus services which have been operational for a long time. Reaching out to almost all towns in Malaysia and some cross border trips i.e. Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia on Borneo Island.

In this blog, I'm gonna share three Integrated Transport Terminals (ITT) in which one is already operational, one is under construction, and another one is being proposed.

These Integrated Terminals will definitely improve the connectivity among intercity travelers considering all three ITTs are well connected with intracity transportation systems i.e. LRT and local buses.

They can travel seamlessly to Kuala Lumpur city center and continue their journey to their respective destinations. This will improve the traveling experience of public transport users and hence encouraging more people to utilize public transports.

1) Terminal Bersepadu Selatan

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan or abbreviated as TBS opened on 6th December 2020.

Linked to three rail lines which are KTM Komuter Sg. Gadut - Batu Caves, LRT Sri Petalin Line, and KLIA Ekspress.

TBS is meant for southern bus routes. Currently, it’s serving passengers to all destinations while the remaining two ITTs are being built.

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, located in
Bandar Tasik Selatan rail stations
Source: TBS Official Facebook Page

2) Terminal Bersepadu Gombak

This ITT is under construction and supposedly to be ready by 2019. Once completed, ITT Gombak will be serving east coast sector.

Linked to LRT Kelana Jaya Line.

However, due to last year's incident, there are some changes to the project timeline. Refer here.

ITT Gombak
ITT Gombak under construction
Source: SZ - eagle Eye Studiors

3) Terminal Bersepadu Sungai Buloh

The ITT in Sungai Buloh should be the third one which will be serving northern sector bus routes, which completes all sectors in Peninsular Malaysia.

We should expect more news on this ITT once ITT Gombak has been launched.

Till then.