If you’re one of the frustrated users of Kuala Lumpur’s public train system, prepare to heave a sigh of relief that it will be soon be over – in a matter of months, if the construction of the first phase goes according to schedule. Those commuting between Sungai Buloh and Semantan will be able to enjoy MRT service in their area by the end of 2016, while those commuting between Semantan to Kajang will have to wait a little longer until July 2017 to reap the benefits.
The Rationale for Another Train System
The grouses of the public is particularly loud, especially a few months ago at the launch of the LRT extension lines which actually worsened crowdedness during peak hours instead of alleviating it. In response, Prasarana Group, which runs the LRT lines, is now running a 50% discount for commuters who travel between 6am and 7am every day in an effort to divert some of the peak hour crowd.
According to the MRT website, the MRT system has actually been six years in the making from planning to construction, and it is considered an Entry Point Project of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) under the Greater Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley National Key Economic Area (NKEA).
But hey, long story short, who’s complaining about greater connectivity and (hopefully) less crowded stations?
About the MRT Project:
The MRT project was decided to be implemented in phases due to the sheer distance it is projected to cover. Phase 1 alone spans an impressive 51km, from Sungai Buloh to Kajang, with a total of 31 stops – this means you get an MRT stop for every 1.6km on average. That’s a pretty walkable distance within 15 minutes for a typical adult. The four-car MRT trains will arrive at stations every 3.5 minutes.
Phase 1 is broken into two parts : from Sungai Buloh to Semantan, and from Semantan to Kajang. Semantan is the 12th station in their line-up. It is also the point where the MRT trains will go underground for next seven stations, which might be why it was chosen as the diverging point instead of the 15th station (the Merdeka station, which will be underground).
Want to know whether you’ll soon have the option of using public transportation to travel around? Try this infographic for size!
But Wait, There’s More!
The MRT story won’t end with Kajang. The project actually encompasses three MRT lines, but the other two lines will only be implemented upon further deliberation by the government to make it truly integrated with the Greater Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley Land Public Transport Masterplan by Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD).
Are you curious to know who’ll next benefit from the convenience of rail public transportation system? Well, wonder no more, because the infographic for the next line is right here:
Rail-based public transportation modes have been ramped up rapidly over the past decade, and the trend looks to continue in the future as Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia build themselves up to strive for Vision 2020. Soon, it won’t be just Kuala Lumpur that benefits from a relatively comprehensive rail system; if the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project with Singapore takes off, the transit states of Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor will be able to reap its benefits as well.
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