bastrenKL is Kuala Lumpur’s first fully integrated public transport map.
It brought together train and bus routes on a to-scale map from all operators in a comprehensive and
Commuters could see how to get round the city and its suburbs, with information on interconnections, frequencies, first train/last train, first bus/last bus, and locations of stations, bus stops and terminals.
bastrenKL was formatted as a 24-page booklet in the portable A5 size (half A4). It was written in mainly English and secondarily, Bahasa Malaysia.
BastrenKL was released in December 2007 with 45,000 copies. The map’s coverage includes Kuala Lumpur city centre, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Ampang, Cheras, Selayang, Serdang and Putrajaya.
Tourism Malaysia is distributing 31,000 copies for free throughout its information centres. The rest was distributed by MPH and sold at bookstores and newsagents throughout Kuala Lumpur, the Klang Valley and Malaysia for only RM5.
bastrenKL is published by vectordesigns.
press and media
The Star Newspaper Metro section, Tuesday 1 January 2008
“COMMUTERS in Kuala Lumpur will be glad to know that an integrated public transport map that brings together comprehensive information from nearly all operators of trains and buses is now available….”
New Straits Times Streets section, 29 January 2008
“THERE’S a new publication that, for the first time in the Klang Valley, integrates all public transportation information — urban rail and bus information — into one map guide. Surely a boon for those who use public transport…”
“With as low as RM5, you could get this map that can bring you almost anywhere in KL, with direction and information on public transport such as RAPID buses, All kind of Light Rail Transit(LRT), and even Metro Bus and Selangor Bus…”
“Check out this handy map of KL & Klang Valley public transport – BasTrenKL…..only RM5…”
“Buy one of the excellent new bus guides booklets. It’s a bright yellow booklet called BasTren KL available at all bookstores for 5Rm. Website vectordesigns.org. It has real road maps with the bus routes clearly marked on, (instead of those confusing Picasso like schematic maps from Rapid KL). It really is excellent. Good on Burger King for Sponsoring it.”
“Public transportation map “BasTrenKL” is very useful! Only RM5 available in major book stores.”
For some time in the early 2000s, its founder Chee Su-Lin had been thinking of publishing a Kuala Lumpur public transport map.
“At that time, I thought I’d seen a hole in the market,” says Chee. “New public transport infrastructure had been put into place – the LRTs and Monorail mainly – but a car driver like myself wouldn’t have had a clue on how to start using it.”
“The thought of a walking lifestyle within a compact urban landscape was beguiling. It was one that was free of cars, parking, etc, and that was fully immersed in society rather than isolated in bubbles. Also, I knew people, friends visiting, maids, who didn’t have cars. I thought this would provide them some independence in moving around.”
“Of course, there was also the environmental argument, and the pure challenge of bringing together disparate information to make of it a beautiful system.”
That was why bastrenKL was set up in 2005 as a project for social good (which partly explains the “.org” domain name, although “.org” was also cheaper ?), but which also had to be a business that paid for itself.
With the help of a great assistant, Lim Gwo Shin, several superb contributors, and the public transport operators themselves who were mainly very co-operative, 1000 copies of bastrenKL were thus published for the period 2007-2008. Vectordesigns was very grateful to Tourism Malaysia for sponsoring this publication. We also managed to get several advertisers who believed in the project.
During this time, public transport had improved even within the tenure of RapidKL. There was more of a cohesive system that encompassed the LRTs and buses.
There was still a long way to go however. Services were not sufficiently brought up to mark. There were times when disappointed commuters ended up waiting 45 minutes for a bus. RapidKL should endeavour for a maximum of 15 minutes’ wait throughout all routes, and timetables otherwise.
Besides shorter frequencies, Chee felt that RapidKL had to be responsive to the commuters and treat them as customers, providing information and accountability, rather than throwing out piecemeal services which followed mysterious routes and times.
From mid 2008, however, Chee moved to London, for family reasons, and she could not find anyone to continue undertaking this project and publication.
As such, although far from the city that once inspired the bastrenKL, Vectordesigns still hopes for improved public transport services and a more mobile, accessible, integrated and healthier Kuala Lumpur.
Updates as of 2009
Updates to bastrenKL edition Dec 07 – May 08, in chronological order:
Triton buses ceased operation
Updates to Cityliner route times, frequency and contact numbers
Change of RapidKL bus routes at KL Sentral as reported on its website here. Due apparently to development works by MRCB, these routes (U60, U63, U64, U65, U66, U67, U68, U69, U70, U71, U72, U73, U74, U75, U80, U81, U84, U85, U87, U88, E1, E2, E4) will “shift to Jalan Tun Sambanthan bus stop” from 05 February 2009. We presume that this is for the direction going towards KL city centre and that those going away from KL city centre continue through Jln Tun Sambanthan.
Those routes which terminate at KL Sentral however (B101, 112, T423, U76, U83, U83) as well as the other Bandar routes going through KL Sentral (B104, B110) and the new DTS Cyberjaya route will continue turning into KL Sentral and its ground level bays (near the Skybuses). We have reflected these changes here.
End terminal for Metrobus 57 is not at Central Market, Lebuh Pudu. We define end terminal as the last stop of a route where often the bus waits a bit longer to pick up passengers and which is also a turning point, after which is starts its journey back to its start terminal, in this case Taman Pinggiran Batu Caves. Therefore, even though Metrobus #57 does wait some time picking up passengers at Central Market, it then goes on to its furthest point in Bukit Bintang, stopping outside the McDonald’s at the junction of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail (diagonal from Lot 10).
Rapid T618 to and from Titiwangsa hub: after Federal cinema, it turns left into Jalan Ipoh, right into Jalan Tun Razak, u-turns at Jalan Pahang roundabout and docks at Titiwangsa hub. Back towards Kiaramas, it goes straight down Jalan Tun Razak, turns left into PWTC then rejoins Jalan Tun Ismail
Missing Metrobus numbers from Jalan Ipoh
Setara Jaya #30 terminal at Jalan Yap Ah Loy, Metrobus #100 terminal not at Jln Yap Ah Loy but at Bukit Bintang
RapidKL B110 goes through Jln Cheng Lock on the way to Midvalley and through Jln Petaling from MidValley, RapidKL B113 goes through Jln Petaling > Jln Hang Lekiu > Jln Raja Chulan, RapidKL B105 goes through Jln Cheng Lock > Jln Petaling > Lebuh Pudu > Jln Hang Kasturi > Medan Pasar > Lebuh Ampang
U40 (Kajang – Jln Sultan Mohamad, KL): Goes through Jalan Cheras, not Lebuhraya Cheras-Kajang
E2 (Kajang – Jln Sultan Mohamad, KL): Goes through Lebuhraya KL-Seremban, not Lebuhraya Cheras-Kajang