Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced his “Key Result Areas” – areas that need to see significant improvement in a short time – today and public transport barely made the list.
According to the report from the Star
The Kelana Jaya LRT line is to get 35 new four-car train sets by 2012 as part of the Government’s efforts to increase public transport usage to 25% from the present 16%
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat for improving public transport in a moderate period of time.
For the upgrading of public transportation, Najib announced that the Kelana Jaya LRT line would get an additional 35 sets of “4-car” trains to boost the use of public transport among those residing in the Klang Valley.
He said that according to Transport Ministry’s statistics, only 16% of the people use public transport and the Government aims to increase this to 25% by the end of 2012.
“We realise that to achieve this target would require large, sustainable and long-term investment.
“As Malaysia moves forward to achieve a developed nation status, the Government intends to provide the rakyat (people) with a comprehensive public transport system. To achieve this, we need to embark on a serious and long-term effort,” he said.
The announcement made by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for the Key Result area for public transport appears to focus on a single performance indicator, the implementation of 4-carriage LRT trains on the Kelana Jaya line by 2012.
TRANSIT sees this as unacceptable since it only looks at a fraction of the available and important and necessary changes that need to be done for public transport in this country.
By limiting public transport to one easily achievable performance indicator – the 4-carriage LRT trains – Najib has set the bar very, very low on improvements to public transport.
For the record, TRANSIT knows that as many as 5 of the 4-carriage trains have already been constructed and fitted out and at least 2 of these trains have undergone testing at the Lembah Subang depot.
How about implementing some real challenges for public transport?
TRANSIT would like to suggest a few other performance indicators that should be introduced along with the 4-carriage LRT trains, such as:
Governance (to complete before the end of 2010)
- Fully convert the CVLB into the National Public Land Transport Commission, with hiring of additional personell including enforcement officers by the end of 2010;
- Create a Local Transport Authority for the Klang Valley (KUTA) under the authority of the Federal Territories Ministry to handle the planning of public transport in the Klang Valley, by the end of 2010
- Create Local Transport Authorities in the Kinta Valley, Northern Corridor Economic Region and Iskandar Development Regionlso by the end of 2010;
- Create Transport Councils (comprising the 4-stakeholder groups) in all areas identified above by the end of 2010;
- Call for the elimination of the plainly illegal ‘pajak’ system by the end of 2010.
Enforcement (to complete by the end of 2011)
- By the end of 2011, hire 400-500 enforcement officers for the National Public Transport Council, who will specifically concentrate on public transport issues;
- By the end of 2011, hire at least 200 enforcement officers for the Klang Valley Local Transport Authority and at least 100 enforcement officers for all of the other Local Transport Authorities named above;
- Authorize Public Transport Enforcement Officers and Local Council Enforcement officers to have overlapping enforcement authority to increase the number of active enforcement officers;
- By the end of 2011, eforce the legislation to eliminate use of the plainly illegal ‘pajak’ system to the level that pajak use is reduced by more than 75% in Peninsular Malaysia.
Infrastructure and Rolling Stock (by the end of 2012-2016)
Universal Design & Accessibility
- By the end of 2014, ensure that all stations on the KTM, LRT and monorail lines as well as all intercity bus hubs are accessible and refitted according to Universal Design Principles;
- By the end of 2015, ensure that 75% of the urban buses in Malaysia are accessible and that all urban bus routes have accessible buses included in the fleet;
- by the end of 2016, ensure that all pavements around LRT stations, intercity bus hubs (to a radius of1km) and bus stops (to a radius of 250m).
- By 2012, convert the Kelana Jaya line to 4-carriage operations during all operations hours;
- By 2013, construct and complete the extension of the Kelana Jaya line to Putra Heights;
- By 2013, construct and complete the extension of the Ampang LRT line from Sri Petaling to Jalan Puchong and Petaling Jaya south (KTM lines);
- By 2014, construct and complete a monorail line from Tun Sambanthan monorail station to MidValley and Bandar Sunway, following the Klang River, Old Klang Road, and Jalan Puchong;
- By 2014-2015, construct and complete the extension of the Kelana Jaya line from Kelana Jaya to Shah Alam Stadium;
- By 2014-2015, Construct and complete the extension of the Ampang LRT line from Sentul Timur to Jalan Kuching or Kepong Sentral;
- By 2016, complete the central portion of the Sg. Buloh-Petaling Jaya-Kuala Lumpur-Cheras line from Pusat Bandar Damansara to Taman Connaught;
- By 2016, begin construction on the suburban portions of the Sg. Buloh-Petaling Jaya-Kuala Lumpur-Cheras line from Sg. Buloh to Pusat Bandar Damansara and Taman Connaught to Plaza Phoenix;
- By 2016, begin construction on the Kelana Jaya line, to expand the central core stations (from Universiti to Wangsa Maju) to cater to 8-carriage trains;
- By 2016, begin construction on a line linking Kepong Sentral to Petaling Jaya south, through Taman Tun Dr. Ismail and Bandar Sri Damansara.
KTM Railway/Komuter Expansion
- By 2012-2013, operate a KL-Butterworth Fast Train service;
- By 2013, begin the construction of a KTM Komuter Utara service for the Northern Corridor Economic Region, from Taiping in Perak to Alor Setar & Sg. Petani in Kedah;
- By 2014, begin the construction of a KTM Komuter Selatan service for the Iskandar Development Region, from Muar to Johor Baru;
- By 2016, begin the construction of a KTM Komuter Timur service for the East Coast Economic Region, from Kuala Terrengangu to Kuantan;
- By 2016, extend the KTM Komuter service from Seremban to Senewang and Port Dickson in the south, and from Batu Caves to Selayang in the north.
Integrated Transport Terminals
- By 2015, construct fully-integrated multimodal public transport terminals at Sg. Buloh (serving the north), Gombak (serving the east), and Shah Alam stadium (serving the Klang Valley and Subang Airport);
- These Integrated Transport Terminals should integrate at least 3-4 modes of public transport including at least 2 rapid-transit services, (such as KTM+LRT+Intercity Bus+ Taxi or KTM+LRT+Bus+Taxi+Intercity Bus)
- By 2012, order 120 units of the 3-carriages Electric Multiple Unit trains (80 units of the 4-carriage Electric Multiple Unit trains) for use on the KTM Komuter service in the Klang Valley;
- By 2013, order 20 more units of the 6-carriage Electric Multiple Unit trains for use on the KL-Ipoh and KL-Butterworth Fast Train Service;
- By 2014, place an order for 20-30 additional 4-carriage trains for service expansion (to 8-carriage trains) on the Kelana Jaya line;
- By 2016, order new trains for the KTM Komuter services in the NCER, ECER and IDR to replace original stock trains;
The list of performance indicators for public transport that we have posted above is a basic list that focuses only on the extension and expansion of rapid transit services that exist today.
The list may seem overwhelming and impossible at first glance but the truth is that everything on the list is achievable in the timelines given – with a political and financial committment from all levels of government and all stakeholder groups.
We have not even considered new services such as bus rapid transit or monorail in other communities, nor have we included the lines proposed in the KL City 2020 Draft Local plan.
We have also not considered basic improvements to bus operations and customer service. These are our rights as customers and should go without saying.
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