ECRL is on again, why not MRT3?


IN 2017, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Corp planned the Circle Line, or MRT3, which would be the first orbital rail line in the Klang Valley, allowing passengers to avoid Kuala Lumpur when switching lines.

However, after last year’s General Election, MRT3 was cancelled because it was too expensive – as was the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, among others.

Last week, the government realigned the ECRL through Negri Sembilan, thus reducing the project’s cost, and gave it the go ahead.

It is understood that the Circle Line is the most expensive MRT line but the problems of the line’s construction can be solved by downsizing it into a high-capacity elevated bus rapid transit (BRT) line just like Sunway’s BRT. The BRT is cheaper to build than the MRT, and Klang Valley needs an orbital line for better connectivity and development.

Penang has received approval for the Bayan Lepas LRT. What is wrong with modifying the Circle Line, which could have even more benefits such as reducing carbon emissions and allowing people from different parts of Klang Valley to get around easily?

Pakatan Harapan should stop using federal government debt as an excuse and instead do something to help resolve the gridlock in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

LAU WEI YIANG

Sunway University

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