Sunday, 16 July 2017

(NST) MRT a benchmark for all future transportation plan: SPAD

KUALA LUMPUR: The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) has set a benchmark for all future public transportation plan, taking into account connectivity needs and quality of life, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) said.

With the full implementation of Phase 2 of the MRT Sungai Buloh - Kajang (SBK) Line tomorrow, the system will have the capacity to accommodate daily ridership of 400,000.

With an estimated travel time of 84 minutes (end-to-end), the 51-km MRT Line integrates seven stations with existing rail lines, providing significant time saving.

SPAD chief executive officer Azharuddin Mat Sah said the 14 MRT stations equipped with park and ride facilities to encourage more commuters to leave their cars behind and transit, will help to reduce carbon emissions.

"The seven underground stations themselves are a feast for the eyes, not to mention the various features which have been incorporated into the overall design to make it friendly to commuters," he said in the statement.

Complementing this connectivity will be 300 MRT feeder buses operating between 5km to 7km radius of the MRT Line.

"Meanwhile, projects like the MRT Line 2 (Sungai Buloh - Serdang - Putrajaya) and LRT3 (Bandar Utama - Johan Setia) are expected to unlock more transit-oriented development opportunities that will help the government recoup large investments made to improve urban rail services," Azharuddin said.

He added that government initiatives, through the National Land Public Transport Master Plan over the last six years, have fundamentally transformed the face of commuting, resulting in improved ridership which stands at 1.1 million today.