TRANSIT took note of this article detailing a proposal from the Federal Territory Gerakan to build an MRT “sub-line” to Kepong.
Apparently the line (as proposed) would start in Bukit Bintang and follow a more northern route through KL and Jinjang before finishing in Kepong.
Build MRT sub-line to Kepong, SPAD urged (The Star)
Saturday April 30, 2011
By FAZLEENA AZIZ
THE Federal Territory Gerakan wants the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to extend the MRT system to Kepong because it is a high density area with heavy traffic.
They are proposing a sub-line from Bukit Bintang to Kepong connecting Taman Ehsan, Jinjang and Taman Desa Jaya.
They also want problems related to parking, connectivity and fare rate to be addressed.
Problems faced by the present transport system should be taken into consideration to rectify issues connected to the MRT line, Gerakan said.
However, they said the project must begin on schedule because material cost would increase if there was any delay.
FT Gerakan will be submitting their proposal to SPAD today to get things moving.
Its state secretary, Dr Wong Ruen Yuan, said location, high density and practicality were some of the major concerns.
Several meetings were held since last year together with non-governmental organisations, residents associations as well as taxi and bus operators to come up with the proposals and raise common issues with the transportation system.
“We want the issues tackled because congestion is bad in the city and if you look at Singapore, there are not many cars on the road because people prefer to use the MRT.
“The MRT should be convenient and cheap for users because some of the problems with the LRT are lack of parking space, feeder bus connectivity from housing areas and stations not located strategically,” he said.
He added that using public transport would help promote a green environment and allow the government to save in terms of petrol subsidy.
Dr Wong said it was a valid request by people that the MRT lines go underground because it would save a lot of problems for the government in acquiring land.
“In Hong Kong, there are many shops underground.
“It is all about costing if they go underground, so if they spend more now, they can make their money back,” said Dr Wong.
He added that there was no point building a station or line if people were not going to use it.
We always find it interesting when people give their 2 cents about the MRT and the design of the LRT. This proposal from Gerakan is interesting but one has to wonder why they could not look at a simpler proposal – LRT or Bus-Rapid Transit along Jalan Kuching/Jalan Kepong to Kepong Sentral. This would integrate with a BRT running along the MRRII.
Indeed, a look at the alignment of Jalan Kuching and Jalan Kepong (especially Jalan Kepong) shows that there is enough space for an LRT to be built above the road.
Alternatively, there is enough room along most of Jalan Kepong and Jalan Kuching to shift the roadway and build a bus-rapid transit system using the median lanes.
TRANSIT prefers the LRT option, because it would provide an urban rail connection between Kepong and the northern edge of urban KL. The KTM Komuter service (with stations at Kepong and Kepong Sentral) is only as effective as the existing service. A further extension of the LRT to Bandar Utama would connect the LRT to the MRT, improving passenger movements in the northern parts of Petaling Jaya.
In the long term, the LRT could be extended through Petaling Jaya in the north-south direction – providing a public transport alternative to the LDP.