KUALA LUMPUR: Student Ng Zhi Wei was getting ready for another regular morning commute to her college from Sungai Buloh on the new MRT line when she made history.
Ng became the one millionth passenger to use Sg Buloh-Kajang (SBK) MRT Line 1, which has been in operation for just 27 days.
“I am very surprised but very happy.
“I would like to thank Rapid KL and MRT for these gifts. I am very happy with the MRT service,” she said when met at the Sungai Buloh station turnstile here yesterday.
To mark the occasion, Ng was gifted with an iPad and other goodies, including a special MRT Corp Touch ‘n Go card.
Before Phase 1 of the SBK Line was launched on Dec 16, Ng said her mother would drive her from Sungai Buloh to her college in Kota Damansara.
Also present at the ceremony were Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Zohari Sulaiman, its chief operating officer for MRT, Muhammad Isom Azis, MRT Corp director Datuk Haris Fadzilah Hassan and SBK Line project director Marcus Karakashian.
Expressing his confidence that the ridership would continue to grow once this was fully opened, Zohari promised that the service would continue to improve on its standards.
“Securing a million passengers in less than a month reflects the overwhelming response from the public for the services,” Zohari said, thanking customers for their support.
About 40,000 passengers use the newly-opened MRT line daily, with the most number on weekends.
The highest ridership in a single day was recorded on Christmas Day at 67,000 passengers while the busiest stations were Mutiara Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Bandar Utama, Kwasa Sentral and Semantan.
Haris Fadzillah said Phase Two the SBK line, targeted for opening in July, was nearly 95% done.
“The final construction work for the Phase Two, involving the underground and the southern elevated sections, is moving ahead at full speed,” he said.