MOTORISTS in Kajang town have had to live with traffic congestion for a long time and the situation will only improve once the MRT project is completed, next year.
Heavy traffic from the Jalan Semenyih/Jalan Cheras intersection results in a bottleneck on Jalan Besar which is the main road leading into the town.
The main bus stop situated along Jalan Besar adds to the problem as intercity buses and taxis pick up and drop off passengers there.
Salesman Mokhzani Rahimi said he has to face traffic congestion each time he goes into town.
“Jalan Besar is one of the main roads to get into the centre of Kajang,” he said, adding that heavy vehicles heading to Bandar Baru Bangi also use this road.
Restaurant owner Soraya Najib said taxi drivers made matters worse by stopping at the bus-stop.
“There is a taxi stand in front of Metro Kajang but taxi drivers prefer to stop and pick up or drop off passengers at the bus stop,” she said.
Soraya added that the situation was worsened by motorists double parking along the roadside.
“It is not helping to ease the situation. Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) should take stern action against those who double park,” she said.
MPKj public relations head Kamarul Izlan Sulaiman said the council had no plans to relocate the bus stop.
“In fact, we have added benches for passengers to sit on while waiting for their bus.
“Hopefully, when the MRT project in Jalan Reko, about 2km away, is completed next year, there will be less congestion in town,” he said.