Alternative to new highway


  • Letters
  • Wednesday, 15 Oct 2008

I WAS surprised to read that the Works Ministry is examining a proposal by Projek Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan (PLUS) to build a second highway parallel to the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong.

The rationale is that the LDP itself has reached capacity from the Sunway Toll (PJ South) all the way up to the toll at Sungai Penchala (PJ North).

Residents and drivers in the Puchong and Bandar Sunway areas would attest that the traffic congestion has reached well into Puchong as well.

The LDP is choked by traffic volume because there is simply too much traffic. The real effective solution would be to find a way to reduce the traffic.

Instead, we have proposals like gantry tolls to allow the traffic to move slowly (until they hit the next jammed area) and new highways to allow more people to drive (until they hit the next jammed area).

Connections between Petaling Jaya and Puchong are limited to two options €“ the LDP and Jalan Puchong. That is why I had suggested mass transit along the north-south corridors in Petaling Jaya.

A north-south LRT or MRT line through Petaling Jaya has already been proposed as part of the Klang Valley Transport Study. This is the basis for my proposal that the LRT should be extended from Seri Petaling through Petaling Jaya to Kepong, creating a KL-PJ loop line.

In addition, I proposed an alternative to the extension of the Kelana Jaya LRT from Kelana Jaya to Subang Jaya and USJ.

Instead of just an LRT line, substituting rapid tram or bus-rapid transit system would allow service to be introduced for the western Petaling Jaya and MPSJ communities, from Damansara all the way down to Puchong using the Persiaran Kewajipan-Airport Road-NKVE corridor.

The presence of these public transport services would cost less than the proposed highway and help to move massive numbers of people in these two north-south

corridors.

Investing in public transport should be a priority of the Government.

Unless some real effort is made, we will only see more and more highways slowly choking life in our communities.

Tell your wakil rakyat in Petaling Jaya and Subang that we don’t need more highways. What we need is a public transport solution.

MOAZ YUSUF AHMAD,

Subang Jaya, Selangor.

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