there! I’m Su Lin, owner and initiator of vectordesigns. I say initiator
because vectordesigns was set up as the official face of something that was
meant to be a project for social good (which partly explains the “.org”
domain name, although “.org” was also cheaper ?), besides being
a business that had to pay for itself.
You see, for
some time in the early 2000s (yes, noughties), I had been thinking of publishing
a Kuala Lumpur public transport map. At that time, I thought I’d seen
a hole in the market. 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, as those fat future people were in Wall-E.
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.
I use the past
tense mostly because I have a rather modified view of the matter now. Yes,
public transport has improved even within the tenure of RapidKL, since say
2005. There is now something of a more cohesive system that encompasses the
LRTs and buses.
There is unfortunately
still a long way to go however. Even before the 2008 elections, 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.
With Penang having been punished by the withdrawal of RapidPenang after the
2008 elections furthermore, I hope RapidKL does not suffer any, even if partially,
frequencies, RapidKL has to be responsive to the commuters and treat them
as customers, providing information and accountability, rather than throwing
out piecemeal services which follow mysterious routes and times.
are some people who believe enough in the social benefits of public transport
to give an iota of thought to it, well actually, a lot of thought and effort.
I’m talking about the people who set up http://transitmy.org, and also
KL Commuter although he/she hasn’t been active recently as I know it.
If you are a public transport user, do support them because we can only be
I can’t because, from mid 2008, I moved to London to be with my husband
(as intimated in the title of this text). Nevertheless, after all the effort
put into gathering this information, I would still like maintain and update
this information as much as possible. Hopefully it may contribute to improved
public transport services and a more mobile, accessible, integrated and healthier
At the same time,
this site shall be the repository of whatever else related to the original
intentions of setting up vectordesigns – ideas and products related
to the mobile urban life that I’d envisioned. Which is why I’ve
now changed the tagline, if you can call it that, from “spatially enabled
media” (because we offered digital mapping programme services as well)
to “urban mobility”. In the meantime, do contact me at sulin at
vectordesigns dot org if you have any further queries.