Malaysia's MRT 'on par' with Singapore: PM Najib

Pierre Vaugeois
Juillet 17, 2017

The launching of the second phase of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line today might just change the lives of some 1.2 million people staying near the facility around Klang Valley.

"I asked someone recently, to rate our MRT, where do we stand compared to others".

"With the integration of the MRT system with KTM Komuter, the LRT and the Monorail, residents of the Klang Valley and Greater Kuala Lumpur will be able to enjoy a more efficient, quicker system", said Mr Najib in a Facebook post on Monday.

Mohd Azharuddin said the future projects of MRT Line 2: Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya and LRT Line 3 (LRT 3): Bandar Utama-Johan Setia are also expected to provide an opportunity for transit-oriented development (TOD).

"If the commuters were to leave their cars at home and take the train, imagine the empty space that we could have on the roads, and vehicle owners could also save time and cost", he said after launching the new route at the Tun Razak Exchange Station here today.

With the completion of the second phase, the whole SBK line will be operational beginning 4pm today.

It is estimated that some 400,000 people will commute on the MRT daily.

In conjunction with the launch, Mr Najib also announced half-priced fares for all public transport service in Kuala Lumpur until August 31.

"By 2027, we aim to have a fully integrated public transportation system", he said.

Another LRT line is now under construction and scheduled for completion by 2020, while a second MRT line is expected to be completed by 2022, with a third one targeted for 2027. "So, let us celebrate yet another symbol of a successful public transportation infrastructure", he wrote on his blog.

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