- Update 1: Updated with our submission
For Immediate Release – TRANSIT Submits feedback on proposed LRT Extensions to Director General, Department of Railways
The members of the Association for the Improvement of Mass-Transit (TRANSIT) will submit our feedback on the proposed LRT extensions to the Director General of the Department of Railways at 11:00 am on 14 December 2009.
The location for the submission will be at:
Department of Railways
13th Floor, Menara Dayabumi
Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
50050, KUALA LUMPUR
This will be followed by a conference with the media. Copies of a summary of the submission will be distributed.
For further information, please contact TRANSIT at 012-248-3330 or email@example.com. A copy of this statement has been posted to TRANSIT website at http://transitmy.org/2009/12/11/transit-submits-feedback-on-LRT/
Moaz Yusuf Ahmad
on behalf of TRANSIT
The Association for the Improvement of Mass-Transit will submit a copy of their feedback on the proposed Railways Scheme for the extension of the Ampang LRT Line (LRT Sistem 1) and Kelana Jaya LRT Line (LRT Sistem 2) from their current terminals to a new integrated terminal in Putra Heights.
We hope that this feedback will convey to the Director General of Railways and the Minister of Transport that TRANSIT is extremely concerned about the planning of public transport in the Klang Valley.
TRANSIT raises its concern about the current language of the Railways Act 1991, which treats all forms of railways as the same. TRANSIT believes that there are significant differences between an urban mass-transit railway and a rural or intercity railway and that the Railways Act 1991 or future Public Land Transport Act 2010 (SPAD Act) should identify and define these differences.
In our submission, TRANSIT also questions why the proposed railways scheme is different from the Selangor Structural Plan (2006). Although TRANSIT recognizes that the Federal government has the responsibility to regulate transport (including public transport), the State Governments have a significant role to play with respect to the planning and land use associated with that transport.
TRANSIT also questions whether a complete public transport planning study and economic feasibility study were conducted for these proposed lines. If these studies were conducted, why where they not made public?
We are aware that a survey of residents was conducted in 2007 and wish to know why the results were not made public.
TRANSIT also believes that the language of the Railways Act 1991 does encourage the Director General of Railways and the Minister of Transport to direct the Railway company to submit further information to them or to the public regarding the railways scheme.
TRANSIT asks the Director General of Railways and the Minister of Transport to play a more proactive role in the planning of public transport and Railways Schemes by directing their officers to improve the structure of the public display and directing Railway Companies to make public all studies related the planning and analysis of their Railway Schemes.