Update: It is interesting to note that this post is TRANSIT’s 888th published post! TRANSIT notes that the final draft of the Greater Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley masterplan has now been posted to the SPAD website under the section about the National Public Transport Masterplan (which, incidentally, should be posted to the SPAD website … More Final draft of Greater KL/KV masterplan now on SPAD website (Update #1 – guess what)
TRANSIT took note of this interesting article which suggests that the Malaysian government has approved a project to build a direct railway connection between KL Sentral and Subang Airport/Subang Skypark within 2 years. Of course, 2 years in planning-speak can actually mean a lot more time – but perhaps this rail line would be in … More Rail link to Subang Skypark on the way?
TRANSIT took note of a very interesting commentary from Ahmad Suhaili Idrus, the Director of the Urban Public Transport NKRA and Greater Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley NKEA in response to a letter from TRANSIT’s Advisor Rajiv Rishyakaran, regarding recent comments by Idris Jala that the Klang Valley would be choked by 2020 if the … More ETP: Masterplan is not just about MRT. TRANSIT: But the MRT is all you seem to be talking about!
TRANSIT took note of this interesting set of comments from SPAD Chair Syed Hamid Albar, indicating that the Land Public Transport Commission no longer had any role in the MRT project since the railway scheme had been approved by the Minister of Transport. Aside from this being total hokum, since SPAD does have a responsibility … More First their hands were tied. Now SPAD’s hands are off?
TRANSIT took note of this article which announces that the Development of Sg. Besi airbase is moving forward with an invitation for proposals for the Malaysia City development. Most of the project will be used for a mix of commercial and lifestyle amenities. Planners have been invited to participate in a pre-qualification & competition with … More International Competition for Development of Sg. Besi Airbase – Let’s do it right and make it public transport friendly!
TRANSIT took note of this article which describes plans for another corporate restructuring at KTMB. It is sad that the Malayan Railway has still not managed to figure out whether it is supposed to be a government agency, corporate entity, or something in between. TRANSIT remembers earlier corporate restructurings that have happened for KTMB. Well, … More KTM Update: Another restructuring for KTMB promises to accomplish what earlier restructuring(s) did not
TRANSIT has taken note that the Ministry of Finance has created two new companies to handle the MRT project, taking it away from Prasarana in an interesting about turn. MRT Co. is the government company responsible for the management of the entire MRT project including planning & costing, while Dana Infra will be responsible for … More MRT Update: 2 new companies to handle MRT project instead of Prasarana
TRANSIT took note of this article, detailing a statement from PJ Utara MP Tony Pua saying that the National Land Code has already been amended to accommodate underground railways. Therefore (according to Pua) the controversial land acquisition exercise in KL’s “Chinatown” is not even necessary. Chinatown land buy: ‘Prasarana abusing law’ (Free Malaysia Today) August … More MRT Update: PJ Utara MP Tony Pua says National Land Code was already amended in 1990 to accommodate underground railways!
TRANSIT took note of an interesting set of comments from SPAD Chair Syed Hamid Albar, in which he warned public transport operators not to politicize issues with public transport. But as you can see from our analysis, his comments may come too late. Two recent events and a few others have demonstrated to us that … More SPAD: Don’t politicize public transport. TRANSIT: Too late, the train has left the station.
Update: 6 EMU trains are expected to arrive and be operational by the end of 2011. See this article in The Star (reproduced below with comments from TRANSIT). Update: Thank you to @wrongdoings_rapidKL for the links to the articles about the launching of the first of the new EMUs. We will continue to update this … More KTM Update: First China-made EMU to arrive before Sept 2011 – but when will service truly improve? (Update #2)