Rail network plan set to solve woes


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 27 Jul 2004

BY LEONG SHEN-LI

KUALA LUMPUR: A proposed public transport masterplan for the Klang Valley will see a 500km rail-based transit network being built in the country's most developed region. 

The network, which should be fully developed by 2020, promises to address many longstanding problems faced by public transport users such as poor connectivity between different train services, unreliable bus services and the lack of a common ticket for all systems. 

It would have 380 stations, which would place most residents within easy reach of public transport. 

Currently, Klang Valley's rail-based network – served by commuter trains, light rail transit and a monorail – is 182km with 110 stations and only covers 48% of the area.  

The proposed plan, called the Klang Valley Integrated Public Transport System and Land Use Development Plan, was the result of a study conducted by the Federal Territory and Klang Valley Development Division of the Prime Minister's Department since 2001.  

The newly-formed Federal Territories Ministry has now taken over the final stages of the study. 

Its minister, Tan Sri Isa Abdul Samad said the plan was at the proposal stage. 

“It will be presented to Cabinet for approval and implementation after feedback on the proposal is obtained,” he told reporters after opening a seminar on the proposed plan organised by the ministry here yesterday. 

The proposed rail-network would comprise of rail transit lines that would run from suburban areas into the city centre.  

These lines would have branch lines outside the city centre to provide greater area coverage. 

Each line would not be more than 6km apart while stations on new lines would be placed between 800m to 1km apart.  

The plan would also reorganise the bus system by creating regional and feeder buses.  

Regional buses would serve people without access to rail-based transit, while feeder buses would cover an area within 3km from a railway or light rail transit station. 

A new Klang Valley Public Transport Authority which would come under the Prime Minister's Department would also be created. 

The authority would take over ownership of all buses, trains and stations in the Klang Valley.  

It would then lease out routes to bus and rail operators, thus taking over the licensing aspect from various government departments and agencies. 

It would also introduce a common ticket for all transit systems.  

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