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A. Trek Rides is a software-powered public transit service that is completely digital and responds to commuters, and is now available on a pilot basis in Bandar Puteri Puchong. The service uses a variety of vans, multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) and mini-buses to ferry commuters to their destinations just like how a public bus service does. But unlike public buses, commuters can interact with the Trek Rides drivers at any time via the Trek Rides app.
A. Trek Rides is a Demand-Responsive Transit (DRT) service. This means that while the service is used by the public, commuters do not need to wait for a vehicle at a fixed bus stop, adhere to a fixed bus timetable or route. They can order, manage, track and get estimated times of arrival for their journeys. Think of it as having the capacity and affordability of a public bus but with the convenience and rich features of an e-hailing app. In this way, Trek Rides responds to the demands of commuters, hence the term DRT.
A. With Trek Rides, a vehicle can, for example, pick up six different people at six different locations but going to different destinations on the same ride. It can even pick up a seventh passenger along the way and accommodate his/her destination without extending the duration of the trip for other passengers.
Trek Rides comprises two parts: Firstly, the Trek Rides app that users download; secondly, a backend computing platform that uses advanced software-powered intelligence to perform calculations in real-time in order to match passengers to the right vehicles and to ensure minimum travel duration and accurate estimated times of arrival, even when there are different destinations for different people on the ride.
A. Unlike on-demand shuttle buses, Trek Rides do not have fixed routes, stops or timetables. It also differs from van-pooling services, which may offer door-to-door trips for commuters, but would require advanced booking and do not guarantee arrival and journey times because it does not intelligently route and dispatch the vehicles. While on-demand shuttle buses and van-pooling services do use apps to interact with drivers, they do not have the intelligent routing software at the backend to guide drivers to use the best routes to pick up and drop their passengers. In other words, the app on these services is used primarily by commuters only to order the trip and to track where the vehicle is at any time.
A. Trek Rides is operated by Asia Mobiliti, a Malaysian transit technology software company and its partner, a licensed transport service provider operating a professional fleet of vehicles and trained drivers.
A. There will be a variety of vehicles used for Trek Rides. This could include a 10-seater van, an 18-seater shuttle bus, a multi-person vehicle (MPV), a 20-seater minibus, as well as a low floor, fully electric minibus.
A. Trek Rides will operate in these areas in Bandar Puteri Puchong, Bangsar South and Selayang Baru. The DRT Service will run based on schedule as here below:
- Bandar Puteri Puchong – Operating hours from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM Monday to Saturday (Sunday off day)
- Selayang Baru – Operating hours from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Monday to Sunday
- Bangsar South – Operating hours from 6:00 AM – 11:30 PM Monday to Sunday
A. This will be the first phase of the pilot trial where the feedback gathered will be used to plan other routes in the future. Once this phase is completed, there will likely be other pilot areas introduced and announcements will be made in due course.
A. This DRT service will benefit the community living and working in Bandar Puteri Puchong, Bangsar South and Selayang Baru areas. We are currently working at our best to expand more area soon! If you have any suggestion, feel free to drop us your feedback in Get In Touch.
A. Starting this year 2023, we have started the pilot for these areas including Bandar Puteri Puchong, Selayang Baru and Bangsar South and it will be accessible to the communities.
A. Trek Rides uses “geofencing,” a virtual defined perimeter that allows a vehicle to serve a small enough area thereby ensuring commuters’ are able to get to their destinations on time. Trek Rides also uses “virtual stops” to enable commuters to be picked up and dropped off at a location within a geofenced area shown on the Trek Rides app. This means commuters only need to make short walks to where they want to be picked up and from where their destinations are, rather than having to wait at a designated, physical bus stop at a fixed time.
A. Trek Rides is free for the duration of the pilot trial for Bandar Puteri Puchong and Selayang Baru. However for Bangsar South zone, the ride charges is starting from RM1 and available payment method is Touch N Go.
A. The dates for a commercial service and pricing have not yet been determined. However, as Trek Rides is a DRT service and not an e-hailing ride, it will be affordable for public commuters.
A. During the pilot period, the rides will be free of charge. When the service becomes commercially available, a variety of payment options will be offered, and details will be announced in due course.
Safety and Protection
A. Commuters should adhere to the standard practices when riding on Trek Rides. This includes staying seated during the ride, wearing seatbelts whenever possible, and adhering to government-mandated Covid-19 SOPs guidelines for public transit.
A. Yes the app has such a button, which users can use to contact a saved emergency contact and the authorities such as the police. You may refer this link at checkout more details on how to make emergency call from Trek Rides App.
A. Commuters can contact number Trek Rides Customer Service should there be an accident and you will be guided as to what to do next. You can also speak to our professional fleet of drivers and they will advise you on what to do next.
Signing Up, During and After Trip
A. To sign up for this service, you’ll need a minimum of a smartphone that supports either Apple iOS or Android. You will also need to be at least 18-years-old to use this service.
A. After verification, you will receive an email guiding you on how to download the Trek Rides App, please note only registered and verified users will have access. Once the app has been downloaded, you can proceed to request a pick up at the nearest virtual stop to you. After walking to this virtual stop, the app will give an estimated time of arrival to your destination. When the vehicle arrives, just hop on board and enjoy the ride. When you reach your intended destination, just alight from your seat at the virtual stop nearest to your destination. Please view our User Guide for more information.
A. One of the advantages of a DRT is that you can change your destination while on a ride, due to the demand-responsive nature of the service. That said, this feature will not yet be available during the pilot phase but eventually, such advanced features will be added into the service.