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Monday, 17 July 2017

(The Star) SPAD: MRT Line 2 and LRT 3 projects to spur growth

PETALING JAYA: Upcoming projects like the MRT Sg Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya – otherwise known as MRT Line 2 – and the LRT 3 from Bandar Utama to Johan Setia in Klang are expected to unlock more development.

The Land Public Transport Com­mission (SPAD) said these two lines are expected to open more transit-oriented development (TOD) opportunities.

“This will help the Government recoup large investments made to improve urban rail services as we strive to cater to the long-term growth of Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley,” said SPAD CEO Azharuddin Mat Sah in a statement here yesterday.

The MRT Line 2 is expected to come into service in 2022 while LRT3 is targeted to commence ope­rations by Aug 31, 2020.

The first MRT Line from Sg Buloh to Kajang goes live today.

On the MRT Line 1, Azharuddin said there will be 300 MRT feeder buses operating between a 5km and 7km radius of the line.

“Over the last six years, various Government initiatives, through the National Land Public Transport Master Plan, have fundamentally transformed the face of commuting, resulting in improved ridership which stands at 1.1 million today,” he said.

“With the full implementation of Phase 2 of the MRT SBK Line, the system will have the capacity to accommodate daily ridership of 400,000 and this will further augment ridership to meet the 40% modal share target by 2030,” Azharuddin added.

MRT chief executive officer Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar said the first MRT line will help under-served areas with its 31 stations between Sungai Buloh and Kajang.

He said in Phase 1 of the SBK Line, 11 out of 12 stations are built in areas where there is no rail service while Phase 2 consisted of 13 out of 19 stations.