An INTEGRATED public transport network encompassing a shaded walk path, cycle lane and bus service is needed to make the redevelopment of Section 13 a success.
“A well-connected public transport network within the city will help reduce single occupancy vehicles (SOVs) by encouraging more workers to leave their cars at home,” said Section 10 Residents Association (S10RA) president Ronald Danker.
He added that MBPJ must resolve the “missing link” from the LRT station to Section 13 and even Section 16.
The Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) urban renewal plan for Section 13 aims to encourage transit-oriented development (TOD).
TOD has been defined as a mixed-use residential and commercial area designed to maximise access to public transport, and often incorporates features to encourage transit ridership.
“The council must ensure the infrastructure is in place to make walking, cycling and using public transport attractive,” said Danker.
S10RA member J.S. Henry said a shaded pathway should be built from Jalan Gasing to PJ State linking to the Asia Jaya LRT station and Section 14.
“There must be a high degree of connectivity,” he stressed.
Rukun Tetangga (RT) Taman Mayang SS25 chairman Chan Chow Wang said shaded pathways must link to parking areas.
Chan said MBPJ should provide free parking to encourage public transport use.
All-Petaling Jaya Selangor Residents Association Coalition (Apac) former adviser Mohamed Umar Peer Mohamed said if public transport was to be the preferred transport mode for people in and around Section 13, it must be accessible for the disabled, senior citizens, children and parents with toddlers.
“We are not against development as rejuvenation of an area will increase the value of properties as well as the council’s revenue.
“As residents, we want the council to ensure organised growth to prevent traffic congestion,” said the businessman.
Urban design consultant Ihsan Zainal Mokhtar said Section 13 had the opportunity to become a vibrant economic, residential and tourism hub.
“MBPJ must communicate with developers, local businesses and residents associations for the betterment of the Section 13 community and neighbourhoods bordering it,” he said.
He proposed that trams be introduced, as these may be the answer to the “missing transport link” between Section 13 and the Asia Jaya LRT station.
“Trams are on time, fast, sustainable and safe as they run on a dedicated corridor.
“Modern trams are crucial to overcoming traffic congestion as they are the ultimate people mover,” he added.
MBPJ Urban Planning Development director Sharifah Marhaini Syed Ali agreed that density was crucial in the success of transit ridership.
She said her department was still working on a pedestrian pathway from Jalan Gasing to the Asia Jaya LRT station and Section 13.
“We will utilise the land under high-tension cables, public parks as well as existing paths.
“Our land use plans will support a transit-oriented corridor in the near future. We have gathered feedback from residents to enhance pedestrian routes,” she said.
She added that walking, cycling and using the rail network would help in ensuring a vibrant and livable neighbourhood is created in Section 13.