KUALA LUMPUR: Mass Rapid Transit Corp (MRT Corp) has projected there will be 160,000 fewer vehicles entering the Klang Valley daily when the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line is fully operational on July 17.
Its strategic communications and stakeholder relations director Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah estimated that if 400,000 people used the MRT every day, there would be a corresponding drop of about 160,000 vehicles.
"One MRT train with four coaches can carry 1,200 people comfortably. Imagine the space needed for 1,200 cars on the road – that alone will create a traffic jam. But if these 1,200 users leave their cars at home and take the train, imagine the space that can be saved on roads," he told Bernama.
He said since the first phase of the SBK line, covering 21km from Sungai Buloh to Semantan, came into operation in December last year, MRT had recorded nearly two million passengers.
Najmuddin said MRT had built a total of 14 multi-storey and open-air car parks with 8,000 bays at several stations along the 51km-long SBK Line to encourage more people to take the train to commute into the city.
In addition, he said there would be 300 feeder buses, each with a capacity of 62 passengers, operating at 10-minute frequencies.
"Rapid Rail, the MRT operator, has forecast that there will be ten times the number of current users, from an average of 15,000 to 150,000 passengers a day once we open the phase two from Semantan to Kajang," he added.
He said another factor which would encourage the public to commute using the MRT was its reasonable and affordable fares.
For instance, he said, the 80-minute trip from Sungai Buloh to Kajang would only cost RM5.50 using Touch N' Go and RM6.40 with cash.
"Imagine if you are driving from Sungai Buloh to Kajang – the travel time, petrol cost, toll charges and the stress that you have to go through.
"Travelling by MRT gives you many benefits. You save time, money and its benefits your health with less stress and more comfortable travel," Najmuddin said.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to launch the second phase of the SBK line on July 17, which opens up the entire 51km alignment from Sungai Buloh to Kajang.
The second phase will consists of 19 new stations, of which seven are located underground.
The 19 new stations are Muzium Negara, Pasar Seni, Bukit Bintang, Tun Razak Exchange Centre, Maluri, Cochrane, Taman Pertama, Taman Midah, Taman Connaught, Taman Mutiara, Suntex, Sri Raya, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Batu Sebelas Cheras, Bukit Dukung, Sungai Jernih, Merdeka, Stadium Kajang, and Kajang station.
Each train set serving the SBK line will have four cars, allowing a total capacity of 1,200 passengers per trip with daily ridership estimated at 400,000 passengers. The trains will run at a frequency of three-and-a-half minutes. – Bernama