KUALA LUMPUR: Despite the push for better public transport, Malaysia still needs city-based highways.
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abd Aziz Kaprawi said city-based highways were needed for areas not currently served by rail-based urban transport.
"These highways are also for the areas where there is no rail connectivity, probably for the areas that, at the moment, don't have the access.
"We are giving people the options. We are creating more and better facilities for seamless travel," he told reporters here Tuesday, on being asked why the Government was still looking at highways such as the Kinrara Damansara (Kidex) and Damansara Shah Alam (Dash) elevated expressways, despite pushing for higher transit use.
He added that the Government was only at the "initial stage" of embarking on public transport, and that it needed to accommodate both car-centric policies and public transport.
He said both systems needed to be "accommodated" and that getting people to use public transport was a "slow and gradual" process.
Earlier, Abd Aziz officiated the Urban Public Transportation 2014 forum, which will see various speakers raising concerns on local public transport.
In his opening speech, he said public transport modal share had dropped from 34% in 1985 to about 10% to 12% in 2008.
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