Putting Kidex route to good use

The cancelled Kinrara-Damansara Elevated Expressway (Kidex) alignment could be used as a public rapid transit route.

Both Bukit Gasing and Kinrara assemblymen Rajiv Rishyakaran and Ng Sze Han said the route should be considered as either a MRT or LRT route.

Rajiv and Ng said this at a press conference held near the Kinrara BK5 LRT station yesterday.

At the recent introduction of the Selangor Public Transport Masterplan in Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya and Ampang Jaya, the state appointed consultant MAG Technical and Development Consultants Sdn Bhd also suggested that the cancelled Kidex line should be used as a public transport line instead.

“This cancelled Kidex line could connect the north and south parts of the Klang Valley.

“We welcome public transportation instead of privatised highways,” said Rajiv.

He added that there were many public transport routes to connect the east and west parts of the Klang Valley.

However, he said there was a need to connect the north and the south via public transportation.

Ng said many make use of the Kinrara BK5 LRT station.

At present, if the public wanted to head to Asia Jaya from BK5 Ampang Line, they would need to take a train to Masjid Jamek and then, take another train to Asia Jaya.

“If we have better connectivity, it would encourage more people to switch to public transport.

“In fact, many have opted to take public transport. Commuters park their vehicles at the BK5 business centre and hop on the train,” said Ng.

Rajiv said the Federal Government is fully aware of the need for a public transport route along the cancelled Kidex alignment.

“We have made calls to consider this public transport proposal since April 2014,” he said.

When asked how the public would react to this call, Rajiv said the public preferred to have more public transport options.

He said the proposed alignment would connect Section 16 in Petaling Jaya, near Phileo Damansara, with Bandar Kinrara in Puchong.

Rajiv highlighted that in every development there would be some land acquisition.

However, elevated highways would require more land because highways have wider lanes compared to the LRT or MRT line.

The proposed line would be a 11km route.

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