PUBLIC relations consultant Ezuin Esa must have had the biggest surprise in her life when cheers erupted and cameras started clicking away as she entered her ticket into the ticketing machine for a ride on the KL Monorail.
Ezuin is the lucky passenger number 40 million on the monorail since the service commenced on August 31, 2003.
She was greeted by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique, Mtrans Group chairman David Chew and KL Monorail System director Datuk Ahmad Rejal Arbee when she was about to board the train at KL Sentral station.
This is my first time on the monorail. I was stuck in a jam in Bangsar so I thought I would give the monorail a go as I was heading to Bukit Bintang, said Ezuin. Bukit Bintang is one of the monorail stations.
The lucky passenger won a one-year free ride, a pair of branded watches and a weekend stay for two at Hilton Kuala Lumpur.
Ever since its inception in 2003, KL Monorail has transformed the way city folks travel in the city. This form of transportation has created a faster, better and more convenient way of moving from one place to another within KLs golden triangle, said Zulhasnan.
The monorail has an average of 50,000 passengers daily.
The Cabinet has decided to form a sub-committee, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, to look into the current public transport system and create an integration between all of the services, said Zulhasnan.
He also said City Hall and the Federal Territories Ministry were keen to help public transport operators provide better service.
I will be organising a dialogue between the ministry and the operators to hear their concerns so we will be able to help. We are keen to help provide the infrastructure needed for them to expand and improve their services, he added.
This include the possibility of expanding car parks at public transport stations.
The current Park and Ride system as practised in Putrajaya will be expanded to other areas in Klang Valley.
Park and Ride is the concept where commuters can leave their cars at designated parking areas and ride the public transport to their destinations. The implementation of the system in Putrajaya has been slow but it is picking up, said Zulhasnan.
KL Monorail has proposed to increase its routes and the submitted plans are under review.
Our plans include an extension of the monorail tracks to connect Brickfields to Mid Valley, Jalan Kelang Lama, Subang Jaya, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Bandar Utama and Kota Damansara up to Kepong where it will run through back to Jalan Ipoh and complete a loop at KL Sentral, said Chew.
There are also plans to service areas in Cheras right up to Bandar Hussein Onn, he added.
The current KL Monorail 9km route begins at Jalan Tun Sambanthan in Brickfields and passes through the citys main commercial, hotel and shopping districts all the way to Jalan Tun Razak. It has 11 stations including stops at Berjaya Times Square, Sungei Wang Plaza, Lot 10 and Maju Junction.