KUALA LUMPUR: Long-suffering commuters can look forward to better monorail services following the introduction of three refurbished four-car train sets, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke.
“Since I came into office last year, public transport users have voiced out on many occasions via multiple channels including on the wall of my Facebook, how they suffer from the declining standards of KL Monorail services.
“It was cramped, it was hot, it was really uncomfortable.
“Yes, we hear you. I have taken the monorail many times and I feel your pain and agony, ” he told reporters after taking a ride on one of the refurbished sets from KL Sentral to Bukit Nanas yesterday to mark the monorail’s 16th anniversary.
Loke acknowledged the lack of train sets over the past few years had resulted in a sharp decline in ridership.
“At its peak in 2013 and 2014, average daily ridership of the monorail was well over 75,000 passengers.
“In the first quarter of this year, the figure had fallen to about 31,000 passengers, ” he said.
He noted the decline in the quality of the monorail service had put a strain on city dwellers relying on public transport and affected the city’s image among tourists.
Loke said the three refurbished four-car train sets would increase capacity to 430 passengers per ride compared to the existing 230 passengers.
He also said that the extra train sets would enable service intervals to be reduced from between eight and nine minutes to about 6.5 minutes during peak hours.
Loke added that two more refurbished trains sets would be operational by November, while seven new train sets would be introduced over the next two years, with Prasarana Malaysia Bhd committing to spend about RM120mil for the refurbishment of the five train sets.
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