PETALING JAYA: Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) has proposed a new alignment option for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line (SSP Line) but stressed that it could only be finalised pending a public display exercise and government approval.
MRT Corp’s strategic communication and public relations director Amir Mahmood Razak said the new proposed alignment option for the second line of the Klang Valley MRT Project involved a change in the section between the Tun Razak Exchange and Seri Kembangan stations.
This serves Kuchai Lama, Sri Petaling, Sungai Besi and Serdang Raya, with the new option expected to bring an additional ridership of 16,000 passengers per day.
“An earlier alignment option, instead of passing through the above locations, had covered the Maluri, Pandan, Cheras and Bukit Belimbing areas,” he said in a statement yesterday, adding that construction time for the new option remained the same.
Amir said the new option was to enable the SSP Line to integrate with the future Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail Terminal.
He said the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) had proposed for the terminus to be located adjacent to the KTM and Express Rail Link tracks, south of the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Sungai Besi.
“It is therefore an excellent opportunity to integrate the SSP Line with the HSR. This is the kind of forward planning that will ensure maximum convenience to the public while giving good ridership for the SSP Line,” he said, adding that this integration would allow passengers a quick and direct route into Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle.
The new option allows the SSP Line to be integrated with the Chan Sow Lin and Sungai Besi LRT Stations and will see a more direct route for commuters from Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and Serdang to Kuala Lumpur.
He notes that the realignment would have a marginally longer underground section, meaning less land acquisition, as well as a reduction of the elevated section by almost 10km.
Amir also said land acquisition for the MRT might not be necessary in Bandar Malaysia as the SSP Line would run underground at this location. “Given that the land belongs to a government-owned entity, it is likely that we will take the approach of the mutual agreement route we took with the Sungai Buloh–Kajang (SBK) Line,” he said, adding that the mutual agreement route that MRT Corp took with properties in Jalan Sultan and Jalan Inai in Kuala Lumpur for the SBK Line saved the Government some RM1.4bil.
MRT Corp’s three-month Railway Scheme Public Display is expected to start in mid-May at 24 locations across the city.
He added that MRT Corp would conduct a feasibility study for MRT Line 3 later this year to further improve rail connectivity in Pandan and submit it to SPAD upon completion.