We understand how frustrating it might be to wait for a bus. There are occasions when the bus will be late, making you late for work, but using Grab or any other e-hailing service can get pricey if you use it frequently. What if there was another option that is as cheap as a bus fare but you can acquire the ride just like Grab? Meet Kumpool.
Kumpool is a ride-pooling platform and it works quite similar to Grab. Users need to download the app from App Store and Google Play Store, and then check whether they serve your area. The van doesn’t pick you up and drop you off right in front of your doorstep, so you need to make a booking and wait at a specific pick-up point.
You can go to Kumpool’s website to check the coverage area. For more information, you can visit Kumpool’s FAQs.
The Star reports that Prasarana Malaysia Bhd and Kumpool are collaborating on a trial van-hailing initiative that will connect residential areas with public transportation stations.
The Transport Minister Anthony Loke has announced that the service will be available to the public at a reasonable cost of RM1 per trip. The trial service will operate in Wangsa Maju and Alam Megah in Shah Alam, Selangor.
Loke also mentioned that the Transport Ministry is currently in talks with e-hailing companies to explore the concept of ride-sharing, which could result in lower fares for users of e-hailing services. This would allow drivers to ferry multiple passengers who do not know each other in the same car.