Only 5% using public transport during morning peak period

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 03 Dec 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: The country is still a long way off from maximising public transport with only 5% of the population using the mode during the morning peak period.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, who revealed this, said in the Greater Kuala Lumpur area which had the best transit system in the country, the modal share for public transport was only about 20%.

Citing the National Land Public Transport Master Plan approved in October, he said the Government’s target was a public transport modal share of 40% in urban areas by 2030.

“This can only be realised if reliable services needed are put in place,” he said at a conference titled “Integrated Transport and Sustainable Urbanism in Asia” here yesterday.

Modal share is the percentage of trips made via a particular type of transport mode.

Speaking to reporters later, Syed Hamid said the country’s modal share was low because public transport was not a development concern until recently.

“We’ve built up cities and built up development.

“Public transport only came into being when the government decided to set up SPAD and to ensure planning would incorporate public transport requirements,” he said.

Syed Hamid said SPAD was currently focusing on getting a higher modal share in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Baru.

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