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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Motorists’ woes at Shah Alam KTM station to end soon

PARKING woes at the Shah Alam KTM commuter station will soon be a thing of the past as additional parking spaces planned for the park-and-ride service is nearing completion.

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan said about 90% of the community-based project was completed.

The year-old project at Jalan Parang Empat 19/8D will have 525 parking spaces for light vehicles like cars, vans, multipurpose vehicles (MPV) and sport utility vehicles (SUV) while 92 spaces will be allocated for motorcycles.

The new parking lots were made possible with a RM3mil Transport Ministry allocation.

The spaces will be open to public in August, and operate from 5.30am to midnight.

Making the annoucement at the Shah Alam City Council’s full board meeting here yesterday, Mohd Jaafar added that rates had been compared with those of other commuter stations such as KTM Padang Jawa, KTM Batu Tiga and KTM Subang Jaya.

The rates are not for profit, but to cover the cost for hiring new staff for the parking lots, he added.

“Parking fees for light vehicles for the first 12 hours is only RM4 with additional RM2 for each subsequent hour while the maximum fee for a day is RM25,” said Jaafar.

He advised the public to purchase a monthly pass for RM80.

“It’s better to purchase this as you can use it even on your days off or lend it to your family members when they need to park their vehicles there before taking the train,” he said. He added that the monthly pass could be purchased at the council’s Revenue Management and Investment Department, and at purchasing counters at the parking lot.

As for motorcyclists, Mohd Jaafar said the rates would be revised from the current RM2 per entry.

The parking lot will have eight CCTV cameras, auto-pay machines, and eight staff including security guards and parking attendants working in two shifts.

Mohd Jaafar later told reporters that he hoped the new parking lot would deter motorists from parking haphazardly at the sides of busy roads and to encourage them to use public transportation.

The parking lot at the Shah Alam station, he said would be the first systematic and sustainable parking lot for motorists.

“We are following the green building index scale and we have used water permeable materials for the pavements,” said Mohd Jaafar, hoping the parking lot would not get flooded during heavy rain.

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