Update: Prasarana has proposed an alternative location for the integrated depot in Puchong – requiring a second 3-months public display. Click here for more information.
Updated with new photos, images and articles!
Important NOTE: Now that the Public Display is completed there will be a lot of work sorting out the information and reining in the political statements.
TRANSIT notes that the public notice for the extension of the Kelana Jaya LRT Line (a.k.a. LRT Sistem 2 KL) from Kelana Jaya to Putra Heights has been filed and an announcement about the public display has been made public.
A scanned copy of the announcement is here. A summary of the announcement posted at the bottom of this page.
TRANSIT will be following the public display as well as looking at some of the controversies related to the planning of the LRT and the public display throughout the planning and construction process.
We invite your comments and feedback on the construction of the LRT Line extension and hope that these comments will also be shared directly with the Malaysian Government, Selangor Government, Department of Railways and Prasarana as well.
Please remember that, for comments to be considered “official” they have to be sent to the Department of Railways in writing, before 14 December. Postings on the website may not be considered “official”. However, you may be able to email your comments to email@example.com (and please send a copy of your email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it here)
We will be creating a special section on our blogsite to follow this topic throughout the period of public display and on through the tendering and construction periods. In addition, you can find more information about objections/comments/concerns related to the LRT proposal here.
You can gather more information & give ‘unofficial’ feedback by visiting the LRT Extension website, http://www.lrtextension.com/
Proposed Route Maps
Different versions of the proposed route maps can be found below.
Click here to view a larger version of the map above.
Proposed Station Locations
Kelana Jaya Line Extension Stations
Kelana Jaya/Lembah Subang
1. Subang Depot (opposite D’Aman Crimson Condos) – image of station plan
2. Dana 1 Commercial Centre (north side of Subang Airport Road) – image of station plan
3. Kelana Jaya Centre Point (built on Airport Road with a multi-storey carpark) – image of station plan
4. Subang Jaya KTM (built over the KTM station + multi-storey car park) – image of station plan
5. SS15 Subang Jaya (opposite Nasi Kandar Pelita) – image of station plan
6. SS18 Subang Jaya (opposite SS14 commercial centre) – image of station plan
UEP Subang Jaya
7. USJ7 (opposite Goodyear Court 1 &2 with multi-storey carparks) – image of station plan
8. USJ8 (opposite Goodyear Court 3) – image of station plan
9. USJ14 (near Sekolah Wawasan & USJ19 Digital Mall) – image of station plan
10. USJ 21 (opposite Tropika Paradise Condo with multi-storey carparks) – image of station plan
Putra Heights/Alam Megah
11. Putra Heights / Alam Megah 1 – image of station plan
12. Putra Heights / Alam Megah 2 – image of station plan
13. Putra Heights Commercial Centre(interchange with Ampang line) – image of station plan
Ampang Line Extension Stations
1. Bukit OUG/Awan Besar – image of station plan
2. PPR Kg. Muhibbah – image of station plan
3. Bandar Kinrara 1 & 6 – image of station plan
4. Bandar Kinrara 2 & 5 – image of station plan
5. TBK & Bandar Kinrara 3 – image of station plan
6. IOI Mall – image of station plan
7. Tesco (Bandar Puteri) – image of station plan
8. Rakan Muda – image of station plan
9. Batu 12 (Tractor’s Malaysia) – image of station plan
10. Puchong Perdana – image of station plan
11. Puchong Prima – image of station plan
12. Kampung Tengah (the integrated depot will be here) – image of station plan
13. Putra Heights (interchange with Kelana Jaya Line) – image of station plan
Station Design & new Design Page
An image of one of the station designs on the Ampang line is posted below. More discussion and comments about design, including station design, interior design & architecture, universal design and accessibility and information and signage can be found at our new Design page, http://transitmy.org/design
Earlier Postings & Comments
You may also be interested in reading earlier postings & comments about the extension, which are copied below:
- Proposed Extension of Kelana Jaya line (NOT finalized)
- 25th July 2009 – Dialogue on Extension of Kelana Jaya LRT line to Subang Jaya, USJ & Putra Heights
- Press Conference by residents of Putra Heights regarding LRT extension
- LRT: Satu Lagi Projek Barisan Nasional?
Objections, Feedback & Comments
A detailed lists of objections, feedback and comments regarding the proposed LRT extensions can be found at the posting “They object” (objections to the LRT proposal)
Articles & Letters
Letters & Articles about the public display can be found below, grouped by dates:
01 / 12 – 31 / 12
Read our comments on the articles below at this post.
- Article: Residents want LRT station in Sunway (Streets-NST) – A group of residents has highlighted the need for an LRT station in Sunway in this article on 23 December 2009;
- Article: Work starts on LRT station (The Star) – This article from the Star on 20th December highlighted land clearing works at the site of the proposed Putra Heights LRT station and prompted a letter from Prasarana explaining that the construction had not yet started;
- Article: KL turns to LRT to get on right track (Malaysian Insider/NST) – The Malaysian Insider posted this NST article about the proposed LRT lines and the apparent focus on LRT construction as a solution for the public transport woes in the Klang Valley;
- Article: LRT plan gets the nod as residents feel it will ease traffic (The Star) – TRANSIT was alerted to this article in which a group of resident’s associations and other groups in USJ/Subang Jaya, (presumably organized by Madam Ong Chong Swen – the MCA Kelana Jaya Division Chair) gave mostly positive feedback about the proposed Kelana Jaya LRT extension.
21 /11 – 30 / 11
- Article: LRT line extensions may start next March (Streets-NST) – discusses the number of companies involved in pre-qualifications for the upcoming LRT extension projects;
- Article: Building confidence in public transport (the Star) – discusses the idea that investment in public transport infrastructure (rather than service) will bring more people to use public transport. Read our comments at this post.
16 / 11 – 20 / 11
- Article: Public display period for LRT lines proposal coming to a close (The Star) – discusses the end of the public display period and the submission of the feedback. Please note our objections to this article, at this post;
- Article: Community reps bond together over proposed LRT lines – tells the story of the ad-hoc committee for Subang Jaya
- Letter: Puchong in need of a better transport system (NST) – self explanatory;
- Article: Commuters want exact locations of new stations (The Star) – Argues that Prasarana should clearly post the exact locations of the stations;
- Commentary: More information needed (The Star) – Argues that Prasarana should make a greater effort to disseminate detailed information about the LRT line, stations and other features.
- Letter: PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Make Puchong a hub, too (NST) – Susai Anthony Muthu argues that public transport to Puchong must be enhanced;
- Letter: PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Connect lines (NST) – AMN of Ampang argues that Prasarana should connect the Ampang LRT line with the Kelana Jaya line at Jelatek or other places.
- Article: Pinpoint location of LRT stations, says youth chief (The Star);
- Letter: More LRT lines required (Malay Mail);
- Letter: Cheras LRT line needed (Malay Mail).
18 / 9
- LRT EXTENSION PROJECT: Efficient feeder bus service vital (Malay Mail)
- LRT EXTENSION PROJECT: Residents’ feedback will be considered, says MB (Malay Mail)
- Builders keen on LRT job (Star Biz)
16 / 9
15 / 9
- Plan to be finalised after public input (Streets-NST)
- Thousands to benefit from LRT extension (The Star)
- No to public display (Malay Mail)
- RM7b LRT extension (Star Biz)
- LRT: Kos tambah laluan RM7b (Utusan)
- RM7 bilion untuk perluaskan LRT (KOSMO)
14 / 9
- Views on Kelana Jaya rail project sought (Streets-NST)
- Public may give feedback on LRT extension project (NST)
- Feedback for LRT extension sought (Business Times)
- New LRT line extensions on display from tomorrow (Malaysian Insider)
The official project announcement is summarized below.
Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad hereby announces that it plans to extend the existing Kelana Jaya Line from its Kelana Jaya Station to Putra Heights, a total length of 17km. In accordance with Section 8 of the Railways Act 1991, the following documents have been submitted to the Department of Railways, for the purpose of Public Inspection:
a) Route plan, elevation views and sections, details of the route alignment, stations, car-parks, rolling stock and other related items.
b) Book of Reference which contains the names of the proprietors and lessees of the lands required for the project.
Place and Duration for Public Display
The above documents will be displayed for the purpose of Public Inspection from 15 September 2009 to 14 December 2009 at the following locations:
Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya
Level 1, Persiaran Perpaduan USJ5
47610 SUBANG JAYA
SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN
Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya
Lobi Menara MBPJ
46200 PETALING JAYA
SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN
Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam
Ground Floor Lobby A Wisma MBSA
40000 SHAH ALAM
SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN
Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur
Menara DBKL 2
Jalan Raja Laut
50350 KUALA LUMPUR
Department of Railways
13th Floor, Menara Dayabumi
Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
50050, KUALA LUMPUR
The display will be held during normal office hours i.e. 09:00 to 17:00 from Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays).
The public may also inspect the project proposal at the website of the Department of Railways – www.dor.gov.my
Brief Description of the Project
The project, amongst others, involves the construction of tracks and stations, carparks, purchasing of new fully automated train-sets, signalling system including Automatic Train Protection System, communications system, power supply system and Automatic Fare Collection System.
Invitation to Inspect
Syarikat Praserana Negara Berhad hereby invites all parties and members of the public to inspect the above·said plans, sections and the Book of Reference and all comments or objections to the project must be submitted in writing to the Director General of the Department of Railways at the above address on or before 14 December 2009.
We have so much to say about the whole public consultation process and the people involved so it is tough to sit everything down into one posting. The easiest way to do it all is to break down the major issues and comment on the public display and how it can be improved.
1. The Public Consultation Process
TRANSIT is not happy with the 3 month public display process mandated within Section 8 of the Railways Act 1991 and feel that a number of amendments are needed.
Our main concern is that the 3month public display actually allows the process of planning and decision-making to be secretive, consfusing, ineffective and not transparent.
The LRT extensions were announced in 2004 but it was only in 2009 that we were able to see the ‘preferred’ alignment showcased at the public display. According to Dato’ Idrose, Prasarana has evaluated 10 different alignments and chosen this one as the most cost-effective and reaching the largest number of people.
However, at no point have any of these alignments been made public. Without data, the public has no way of knowing how these crucial decisions have been made.
TRANSIT believes that the public display process should be broken down into multiple stages. We envision 4 stages of public consultation, namely:
- Technology & Service Analysis & Selection, where a mode of rapid-transit (LRT, Rapid Tram, BRT) faces a cost benefit analysis and receives public feedback. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process is started at this stage.
- Route Alignment Analysis & Selection, in which the top 4-5 route alternatives are made public and the advantages and disadvantages for each are analysed & explained publicly. The EIA process continues at this stage and looks at specific impacts as the route is selected.
- Station Placement Analysis & Selection where the locations of stations are determined and feedback is taken from the community. The EIA process at this time must focus on noise, traffic and community impacts.
- Station Amenities Analysis & Selection where the features of the stations are examined and analyzed by the local community to finalize the details about each & every station.
2. The Feedback Process
TRANSIT is disappointed to note that, while the Department of Railways is responsible for collecting feedback about the railway projects (as an independent regulatory body) the majority of feedback is expected to go directly to the operators.
Because of this, we wonder how much attention the Department of Railways is actually giving to this whole feedback process – despite what the Minister of Transport may say.
Frankly, we are also disappointed that the feedback is being collected in the form of a log book rather than proper forms. It does not give the impression that Prasarana is serious about collecting feedback. After all, how much feedback can be placed in a space that is 2″ wide and 1″ high?
We are surprised that the Department of Railways does not have an official form for the collection of feedback about Railway projects which would be used at all public displays.
3. The Information at the Public Display
The public display in Melaka had a great deal of technical information, whereas the public display for the LRT extensions is light on technical information.
The information about the line & stations is interesting and useful but does not go far enough to answer the critical questions of WHY? and HOW?
We refer here to questions like:
- Why did you choose this LRT technology?
- How many people can the LRT carry?
- How many passengers do you expect to take the LRT?
- How did you determine these numbers?
- Why did you choose this location for this station?
- How many people are you expecting to use this station? and many others……..
The only very specific information that we have found is the noise levels that Prasarana expects the LRT to produce, in comparision with the levels set out by the Department of the Environment. And even the reasoning behind these numbers are unclear. For example, if the numbers Prasarana is using refer to average decibel levels (rather than maximum) then it is quite possible that noise levels could be higher at certain times – possibly higher than the permitted maximum levels.
Regarding the other information, it is too general and gives very little information about what Prasarana and RapidKL are planning to do. Feeder buses are promised but little detail about the routes or communities served is given. Nothing specific is said about walkways, community safety, parking problems, and many other factors except that Prasarana promises that they will take care of things.
Again, this is why we believe that a multi-stage public consultation process is much better than the current system of public display. At this point we should have already figured out the details of route alignment & station location and could focus our attention on things like feeder bus services & walkways for pedestrians.
4. Areas for Improvement
TRANSIT hopes that RapidKL and Prasarana and the Department of Railways will take steps to improve upon their public display efforts by doing the following:
- Solicit more and better feedback from the public by introducing proper feedback forms with sufficient length for feedback;
- Request people to share their contact information for future consultation;
- Print out booklets showing the station locations and make these available to the public;
- Ask for specific feedback for each station with respect to feeder bus services, parking, walkways, noise levels and other factors;
- Expand the size of the displays so the public can see large, detailed blueprints of the entire guideway and each station;
- Connect a printer to the computer to allow people to print out information or their feedback forms and take that information home;
- Provide proper tokens to the public for their participation – notepads & pens & pins are small tokens but people appreciate the gesture;
- Have a representative from the Department of Railways present at each public display.
5. The Next Display (and Long-Term Participation)
TRANSIT has heard that the Sg. Buloh – Cheras line will be going for public display in early 2010. We hope that RapidKL and Prasarana will consider our feedback about the public display process and break down the public display into a staged public consultation, beginning in the next few months.
RapidKL and Prasarana should do their best to resolve the route alignment and other general issues about stations through public consultation before they go to the official public display period.