Friday, June 25, 2010

Largest infrastructure project ever in Malaysia,MRT

MRT to transform KL into liveable and vibrant city in Asia

My expectations are quite high,too much ecstatics and enthusiast when knowing the news for the revamption of our public transportations. I felt it was the same with all KL folks who really have suffocated with horrendous traffic congestions in Klang Valley.

First, the long awaited LRT extension works will begin soon, then the KTM Komuter's extension from Sentul to Batu Caves is completed, and just few days Government announced to have MRT system that a third is going to underground to improve our transportations non-ended woes.


The first radial line, dubbed the red line, will go from Damansara to Serdang and the second one (the green line) will be from Kepong to Cheras. Both lines will cross the centre of Kuala Lumpur city and will converge in the city centre, at Dataran Perdana near Jalan Tun Razak.

Meanwhile, the circling MRT line will connect key secondary urban centres and provide connectivity between the radial corridors as well as the existing Ampang and Kelana Jaya LRT lines (and with their proposed extensions), the monorail and KTM Bhd’s Komuter network.

The new MRT system would have up to three main lines. The first line will run through Sungai Buloh, Kota Damansara, Kuala Lumpur and Cheras (right up to Kajang).

The second line will connect Sungai Buloh, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur and Serdang, while the third line will loop around Kuala Lumpur’s business district – providing a link between the monorail and LRT services.

It said the MRT lines mostly would be underground, with stops every 500m to 1km in high-traffic areas such as the Golden Triangle in Kuala Lumpur. Conceptually, it would be similar to the MRT systems in Singapore and Hong Kong.

The ambitious MRT project could top RM50bil(it is said that of the RM43bil, RM36bil was for the construction (including tunnelling works) and design of the MRT, RM2bil for land acquisition, RM3bil for rolling stock and RM2bil for developing an underground commercial space) to Government but none of us can deny the multiply effects that our nation could gained when it is completed.

The concerns from am7riel to Government were like:

1] Government would not repeating the same by bailing-out MRT operators like how they forced to bail them out and putting it under Prasarana Operations. Government has and should learnt the expensive price by that.

2]The stations should be build on the high travel demand,that is not feasible by 4 wheelers mode anymore due to traffic congestions.
3] Affordable fares, and integrated with all meant public transportation modes. Government should think and should remind the MRT operators that by being operators of public transportations that they could not think of profits in virtuous of customers. Transport must not be seen as a means to gain unreasonable profits, on the basis that it is a justifiable cause for the Government to sink money into.

People are not willing to use it if the fares are burdening them and it would makes the hefty budgets project to become a white elephant project to nation deriving us to impoverishment.

4]Government through its newly formed agency Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) need to learn from a lesson,that by only integrating all modes of public transportation like LRT,Monorail,KTM Komuter,ERL and recent proposed MRT to be aligned and coverged to cater each other system.Hence,it should have been a key focus in the planning and design of these systems

All these modes would still facing the probability of devastating failures if the SPAD could not overhaul the current unreliable bus systems.
5] Ample parking from elevated parking complex should be build nearby the housing area and the rail stations.


Some news regarding the MRT can be found below

MRT offers wider coverage,click here
Cabinet yet to study MRT proposal from Gamuda, MMC,click
MRT good for KL but tickets should be affordable,click
Cost of rail projects may top RM50bil,click

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