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TRANSIT has taken note of the updated plans for the MRT network, which (as you know by now) are actually quite different from the original MMC-Gamuda proposal.
If you have been following the plan (or all of the plans), the “latest, ultimate new” MRT network still involves 3 lines, and one of the lines does travel from Sg. Buloh to Kajang, and there is still a Circle Line although the alignment appears to be quite different.
The 3rd MRT line is proposed to run from Ampang to Klang via the southern route – through Seputeh, PJ Selatan, Sunway, Subang Jaya and possibly Kota Kemuning.
Unfortunately, TRANSIT does not have enough details about the route in order to give a full comment – but what we know already allows us to ask this very important question:
Is this MRT from KL to Klang line actually necessary?
See our point of view, an interesting letter and give us your feedback – all after the jump!
Ok, so we have dared to ask this question. It does not necessarily mean that TRANSIT is against the MRT line – but we are concerned based on the following issues:
- We only have so much money;
- We know the Klang-Shah Alam – Petaling Jaya – KL corridor is the busiest public transport corridor in the country – that’s why we have express buses and KTM Komuter service along that corridor!, and;
- We could probably get great public transport service by putting our money into upgrading KTM Komuter service and extending the Kelana Jaya LRT to Shah Alam instead of Subang Jaya & USJ.
Not to mention, if we managed to save the money by upgrading the KTM Komuter service, we could also invest in a necessary MRT line for Petaling Jaya – similar to the suggestion from Engineer Azmi of Petaling Jaya, who writes in favour of the KL – Klang (or as he writes it, Klang to KL) MRT line, but also recommends a line running north-south through Petaling Jaya:
Letter: Fourth MRT line may not be necessary (The Star)
Thursday February 3, 2011
It is great to hear the alignment of the MRT third line will start from Klang town. This will include the city of Shah Alam (UITM, Pusat Bandar, Sek 9, Sek 13 and Glenmarie), Subang Jaya, Sunway, Petaling Jaya (State and Old Town) and Kuchai and Seputeh on its way to KL.
[TRANSIT: We’re not exactly sure where the details came from – but we can be confident that Engineer Azmi is either familiar with the plan or a really good engineer who could determine the best route himself]
This corridor is actually the most developed, densely populated and right in the centre of Klang Valley or Greater KL.
[TRANSIT: And it already has public transport – poorly organized & unreliable, but it is already there. Why reinvent the train?]
This line should interchange with the LRT extension in Subang Jaya and KTM for wider commuter-based appeal.
[TRANSIT: We already have an LRT line and KTM Komuter line serving this corridor – and we are planning an interchange in Subang Jaya – why not then extend the line to Shah Alam where it clearly needed]
The second line, which is the circle line surrounding outer KL “hot-spots” is also badly needed but it is very sensible of the Government to consider a circle line for Klang Valley that runs centre north-south or near the Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP) highway.
[TRANSIT: This proposal actually sounds familiar – because it was first proposed by Moaz Yusuf Ahmad of TRANSIT many years ago. And Idrose Mohamed of Prasarana also proposed a line along this corridor to be built after the Sg. Buloh to Cheras LRT line. What’s old is new again.]
The LDP has the worst traffic condition and the highway has no space to expand.
To further justify this, the line will cross and interchange with at least four rail lines (from Puchong to 1Utama) hence providing broader commuter potential, seamless connectivity and journey.
We may not need a fourth MRT line to achieve this but merely a spur-line from the MRT Orange Line at just a fraction of the total cost. The spur-line concept can also be applied to the Sg Buloh–Kajang trunk line to cover Kepong or Serdang.
[TRANSIT: Or, instead of building the MRT all the way to Klang, we could spend far less money to upgrade the KTM Komuter service and extend the LRT to Shah Alam, then we could build the MRT in Petaling Jaya – as TRANSIT has recommended long ago.]
The only spur-line in our system is at the Chan Sow Lin LRT station where the trunk line from KL is split to Ampang and Bukit Jalil and we can see how successful they are.
It is good that the Government is announcing details of all three MRT lines as we definitely need a holistic and total approach in building the Greater KL MRT so we can get the best plans with lower development and construction costs.
I can’t wait to view the proposed alignment and detailed station locations at next month’s public display.
We like what Azmi has to say about the proposed line through Petaling Jaya – but why should it be built as a spur line? Instead, why not accept that Petaling Jaya needs a north-south public transport corridor to interchange with the proposed Sg. Buloh to Kajang MRT, and also provide a public transport alternative to the LDP highway.
Let’s be honest – we do not need an MRT to Klang. We need a frequent, reliable KTM Komuter service and frankly, TRANSIT would be happy to see SPAD and Prasarana operate the Komuter service on KTM’s behalf.
For all the billions we are going to spend, let us spend them in the right place.
Better KTM service and a short LRT extension to Shah Alam instead of USJ will make a huge difference for public transport users in Shah Alam & Klang – and give us the opportunity to improve public transport service in Petaling Jaya as well.
That is truly a win, win, win situation.
As always though, we want to know what public transport users and those interested in public transport issues think – so please, join our totally unscientific poll and give us your feedback!