KUALA LUMPUR: About 100,000 people travelled on the Phase 2 of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line on the first day of its operation.
Prasarana Malaysia Berhad chief executive officer Datuk Seri Azmi Abdul Aziz said the number would increase from time to time after Phase 2 was opened on Monday.
“For the first phase, 2.7 million people used the MRT service from Sungai Buloh to Semantan since Dec 16, last year.
"The facilities and spaciousness of the stations built along phase two of the line will give more comfort to all commuters, especially senior citizens and the disabled,” he told reporters at the Merdeka station on Tuesday.
He said the public should not be worried about the technical challenges of the MRT service as international-standard tests had been conducted before the start of its operation.
"Over 1,000 components were tested by special engineers over a period of six months to ensure smooth operations," said Azmi.
He also said that holders of the special MyRapid OKU (disabled), senior citizen and student cards could enjoy 75% discount for the MRT, LRT, Monorail and Rapid Bus Transit (BRT) services from Tuesday until Aug 31.
"Ordinary passengers can also get the some discount (50%) until Aug 31, while holders of the special monthly pass enjoy an additional 25%.”
Checks by Bernama at several stations along the SBK Line found that apart from city folk using the MRT to commute to work and schools, some also brought their families to travel on the MRT.
Government pensioner Nor Kamarudin Aziz, 61, took the opportunity to travel from the Sungai Buloh station to Cochrane station for a shopping trip with his wife.
“Even senior citizens like myself, get a 75% off until Aug 31, so the fares are very affordable and we save a lot on travel time, too,” he said.
Haliza Khalid, 42, a clerk, said she hoped that facilities at the MRT underground stations would be improved, especially the pedestrian walkway and signboards.
She said this would make things easier for commuters, especially the elderly and disabled.
“For example at the Cochrane station, the pedestrian walkway from the station to the shopping centre has yet to be opened and commuters have to cross the busy road to reach the place,” she said.
Housewife Shirley Phang, 51, was impressed with the designs of the underground stations with unique and fascinating themes.
Phang said she hoped that the designs could help educate the younger generation to further appreciate the nation's independence.
“Clean and comfortable MRT trains and stations will also attract more foreign tourists to use public transport services for destinations such as the National Museum and Merdeka Square,” said Phang.
Stretching across 31 stations, including seven underground ones, the entire 51km SBK Line integrates with the Light Rail Transit (LRT), Monorail and KTM Komuter rail services for better connectivity.
Additional 100 feeder buses are provided, transporting passengers between nearby housing estates and commercial areas and selected MRT stations.The MRT SBK Line's first phase from Sungai Buloh to Semantan, a distance of 21km, began operating from Dec 16, last year.