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Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 6:47:44 AM

Netizens 'rail' against SPAD

PETALING JAYA: Netizens took to Twitter to express their dismay over news of a possible fare hike of all passenger rail services.

The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is reviewing the current rail fares and is likely raise the fares. The last revision was more than 12 years ago.

SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar confirmed the commission was reviewing the current rail fares but was, however, mum about when the price change would take effect or what the percentage increase would be.

“As of today, SPAD has not approved any new fare structure for the rail industry.

“However, SPAD is undertaking a comprehensive review on the rail industry fare structure,” he said.

That left @linakitteh in disbelief. “I thought taking public transport was supposed to save you money, not rob you blind,” she said.

@mushariff2m said that at a time when many things were increasing in prices, there was talk about the LRT fare. “If KL citizens become enraged, I don’t know,” he said.

The NGO Transit, however, asked if there would finally be fare integration between lines while @syamilhakimi6 said the LRT and Monorail services should improve if there was a fare hike.

Syed Hamid listed four key factors that would be taken into account. These included the existing fare structure as well as the operation and maintenance costs of rail operators.

It also has to consider the increase in fuel and energy costs and long-term sustainability.

Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar, group managing director of the government-owned public transport corporation Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd, welcomed a fare hike, adding that it was a long time coming.

He said the farebox revenue for Prasarana’s LRT and monorail lines was RM248mil last year and RM263mil in 2013.

In comparison, he said the company’s operating expenditure was RM209mil last year and RM226mil this year.

He added that Prasarana also had to deal with a RM250mil asset depreciation.

Tags / Keywords: Travel, Transport & Safety, train, rail, spad, prasarana. fares

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