New MRT ride slashes travel time

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016

PETALING JAYA: When Phase 1 of the Sg Buloh-Kajang (SBK) MRT Line opens to commuters this Friday, it will only take some 30 minutes to travel between Sg Buloh and Semantan.

This will save up to an hour of travel by car during rush hours.

For a start, 24 trains will ply the 21km route along the 12 stations from as early as 6am until midnight.

To pay for their fares – from as low as RM1 for a single stop – commuters can buy tokens from vending machines at the stations or use their Touch ’n Go cards.

During a pre-launch media briefing here yesterday, MRT Corp project director for the SBK Line Marcus Karakashian said the MyRapid cards could not be used for travel on the line for the moment.

“These cards are being upgraded in phases and should be useable when Phase 2 opens,” he said.

“This includes ticketing products such as the MyRapid Smart 7 and MyRapid Smart 30,” he said, adding that Phase 2 was close to 95% completion. It is on track to open by July.

Trial run: The new MRT train undergoing testing near the MRT depot in Sungai Buloh.
Trial run: The new MRT train undergoing testing near the MRT depot in Sungai Buloh.

Many commuters in the Klang Valley currently use the MyRapid cards for seamless travel between the two major LRT lines and RapidKL buses, which also accept Touch ’n Go.

MRT Corp Commercial and Land Management director Datuk Haris Fadzilah Hassan said only Touch ’n Go cards could be used to pay for parking at the various park-and-ride facilities – except for the Bandar Utama station – along Line 1.

“It will not accept any cash payments.”

The parking rate for motorists is a flat charge of RM4.30.

There will be a total of 3,494 parking bays for motorists and motorcyclists at the Sg Buloh, Kwasa Damansara, Kwasa Sentral, Bandar Utama and Pusat Bandar Damansara stations.

The park-and-ride facility at Phileo Damansara – which has 725 parking bays – will only be available at a later date.

Haris said MRT Corp only owned and operated the park-and-ride facility at Sg Buloh while the others came under third parties.

He said while it encouraged these parties to adopt similar charges and standards, it was up to them to follow.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will launch Phase 1 at the Kwasa Damansara station tomorrow.

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