PETALING JAYA: Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Co) and Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd should immediately discuss the integration of the proposed light rail transit (LRT) line 3 and MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line in Bandar Utama for seamless connectivity as well as to avoid unnecessary cost of connecting the two lines at a later stage.
According to an industry expert familiar with the matter, ideally, integration of the two lines should be done at the design stage to be cost-effective and to create seamless connection for the comfort of future commuters.
“This is because Bandar Utama, with two nearby shopping malls, is also adjacent to a huge residential area and it is a huge catchment area for any rail operator.
“Thus, integration of two different lines must be done properly to avoid cases like the Masjid Jamek station and the Ampang and Kelana Jaya Lines where integration was done at a later stage.
“As far as I know the LRT line 3 was supposed to be from Kelana Jaya to Klang. Thus, this integration in Bandar Utama, if it’s true, will incur unnecessary cost, especially if it is done at later stage,” he told StarBiz.
Currently, the integration of the LRT and the ongoing MRT project involves three stations – Pasar Seni, Maluri and KL Sentral.
He explained that integration planning at Bandar Utama should be done now as phase one of the MRT line from Sungai Buloh to Semantan via Bandar Utama was ongoing.
“Ideally, integration planning and design should be done before the key access date,” he said.
Key access date reflects the formal handover of the complete viaduct construction to the station developer at a particular station.
For the MRT line involving Bandar Utama, UEM Construction Sdn Bhd won the bid for package S3, which is for the construction and completion of The Curve, One Utama Shopping Centre and Dataran Sunway elevated stations and other associated works.
For the viaduct, Mudajaya Corp Bhd was awarded the V3 contract that involves 6km of alignment and includes three MRT stations, namely, The Curve, 1Utama and Taman Tun Dr Ismail. He pointed out that integration of two different rail lines should ideally be aligned side by side and that it involved many aspects such as comfortable and short walkways, ticketing systems and land issues.
“At this juncture, it looks like the LRT line 3 would take some more time pending approval from the Government and public display, and this would affect MRT Co’s plan for an effective connection for the proposed LRT line involving Bandar Utama,” he said.
Currently, the RM23bil MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line is at a 41.3% completion stage and the first phase is on schedule to operate in two years.
StarBiz, on May 12, reported that Prasarana has already completed the feasibility study on the third light rail transit line (LRT 3) covering 36km from Bandar Utama in Damansara to Klang, estimated at RM9bil.
Prasarana is also currently busy with the ongoing Ampang and Kelana Jaya Lines extension project worth at RM7bil.