LRT to have women-only coaches in future?

TRANSIT took note of this article in which RapidKL spoksperson Ebi Azly Abdullah confirms that RapidKL will add women-only coaches to future LRT trains.

LRT bakal ada koc wanita (KOSMO!)
Oleh MAZLINA ABDUL MAJID
4 Ogos 2010
mazlina.majid@kosmo.com.my 

KEJAYAAN KTMB menyediakan koc wanita untuk perkhidmatan komuternya turut menarik minat Prasarana menyediakan kemudahan sama untuk perkhidmatan LRT dan monorel. Imej dari KOSMO!

KUALA LUMPUR – Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) membayangkan hasrat untuk mengikuti jejak Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) dengan memperkenalkan koc wanita bagi perkhidmatan Transit Aliran Ringan (LRT) dan monorel di ibu kota tidak lama lagi.

Kosmo! turut difahamkan, Prasarana yang merupakan pemilik dan pengendali pengangkutan awam LRT Aliran Ampang, LRT Aliran Kelana Jaya dan sistem monorel Kuala Lumpur telah membentuk satu jawatankuasa untuk tujuan itu.

Antara langkah yang telah diambil ialah mengadakan pertemuan dengan pihak KTMB yang antara lain bertujuan mempelajari teknik dan amalan di sebalik kejayaan pelaksanaan gerabak khas untuk kaum wanita oleh KTMB.

Pengurus Besar Kumpulan Komunikasi Prasarana, Ebi Azly Abdullah yang mengesahkan perkara itu mengakui RapidKL Sdn. Bhd. (RapidKL) sedang dalam proses mengkaji cadangan pelaksanaan koc wanita bagi perkhidmatan LRT dan monorel.

“Ya, kita sedang mengkaji dengan sangat mendalam mengenainya,” kata beliau di sini semalam.

Menurut Ebi Azly, kajian itu bertujuan menentukan sama ada pelaksanaan koc wanita boleh dijalankan dengan berkesan dalam sistem rel yang dikendalikan oleh RapidKL.

TRANSIT Says:

While we are happy to see that RapidKL appears to be listening to the safety concerns of female passengers, we believe that more could be done to encourage safety through programs to reduce crowding at stations and on trains, increase the number of security personnel on trains, and of course, educational campaigns to discourage people from harassing female passengers (and encouraging passengers to report such incidents).

If RapidKL really is interested in introducing “women-only coaches” it will be quite challenging given that the trains are “walk-through” designs. One solution would be to couple existing 2-coach trains together to make a 2+2 trainset – presumably with one set for female passengers and one set for other passengers.

Also, RapidKL needs to look at the layout of stations to make it easier for passengers to get in and out. Removing the standing “tombstone” advertising would increase available space and help passengers get in and out more easily.

In the meantime, TRANSIT reminds passengers that if you are not comfortable with the level of crowding on the LRT, wait for another train. On the Kelana Jaya line this means a wait for 3-5 minutes during peak hours, with a 1 in 3 chance that the train will be a spacious 4-carriage set.

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2 thoughts on “LRT to have women-only coaches in future?”

  1. It is also a matter of crowd control. I think I had came across reports of London and Sydney temporarily closing their stations when the trains get overloaded to avoid peak passenger crush.

    1. That is a very good example.

      As we saw from the last LRT disruption, RapidKL still has to work on crowd control and information & communications.

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

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