Following the end of the public display (on 14 December 2009) for the Railway Scheme related to the extension of the LRT, a number of articles have appeared in the media highlighting the LRT project.
TRANSIT took note of the following articles, all of which are interesting.
Instead of posting the details, we will simply post comments for each article, and we ask that you read the article from the link and give us feedback.
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.
We were extremely concerned to read the comments from the leaders of the resident’s associations, many of whom are unlikely to use public transport or are representing areas that are not located near the proposed line.
We were also concerned with comments from Madam Ong in which she stated that Prasarana had told her than they had received 92% positive feedback. Our recent post about LRT construction contains a letter from Prasarana stating that they had given no information to anyone.
We were pleased with the comments from M. Vivekananda, who expressed his skepticism about LRT as a ‘magical transformation to end the transportation woes.’
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.
If LRT construction has not yet started, then perhaps someone could explain what is happening at the site of the LRT station. Is there a project notice board signifying approval by the MPSJ?
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.
Read the comments at the end of the article, which express many different and interesting views. As we have said before, we do not believe that the LRT is the solution that Subang Jaya and Putra Heights need. LRT should go to Shah Alam and Puchong first.
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.
We support the call from the residents for better public transport service and hope that they will get some improvements soon. Sunway is a vastly congested area that needs better public transport.
The easiest solution would be an extension of the Ampang LRT from IOI mall or a new line following Jalan Klang Lama and Jalan Puchong to Puchong Jaya, then following the KESAS alignment along the south side of Bandar Sunway, through USJ and on to Shah Alam (as envisioned in the Selangor Structure Plan).