Monday, 17 July 2017

(The Edge Financial Daily) MRT a game changer

SBK line will facilitate transformation of underserved areas, says CEO

KUALA LUMPUR: The launch of the second phase of mass rapid transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line today will mark a game changer in the country’s transportation landscape.

In providing cheap and efficient public transportation, the SBK line will facilitate the transformation of underserved areas throughout its 51km route.

Areas in the north-west and south-east of the Klang Valley are not served by any urban rail lines since the Kelana Jaya, Sri Petaling and Ampang light rail transit lines and their extensions only serve the north-east and south-west quadrants of the Klang Valley.

MRT Corp Sdn Bhd chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar described the implementation of MRT’s SBK line as a game changer in transforming the country’s transportation landscape that would benefit the public in many ways, including improving connectivity for residents in the underserved areas.

Shahril said in the first phase of the completed MRT SBK Line, 11 out of 12 stations were built in areas where there was no rail service while in phase two, 13 out of 19 stations were built in such areas.

Fares throughout the MRT SBK line would be affordable, starting from RM1 to RM6.40, enabling lower- and medium-income groups to enjoy the privilege of MRT service, he said.

Shahril said MRT would reduce the people’s burden as it would directly reduce their cost of living.

“Relatively cheaper than driving your own car with fluctuating petrol prices, no parking charges, less wear and tear on your vehicle and extending your car’s life span,” he told Bernama. — Bernama