Work on Subang Jaya transport hub will (supposedly) start next month

TRANSIT took note of this article which has more details about plans for an integrated transport hub in Subang Jaya at the interchange of the existing KTM Komuter & proposed LRT stations.

Work on Subang Jaya transport hub starts next month (Malay Mail) Shahrim Tamrin

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

THERE will be pedestrian-friendly walkways at the Integrated Transport Terminal Subang Jaya (ITT-SJ) and Subang Jaya City Centre (SJCC), with construction work scheduled to begin next month. The new transport hub, expected to encourage more people to use public transport, includes the LRT Extension Project station 4 and KTM Komuter station. Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) project development group director Zulkifli Mohd Yusof, whose company is handling the project, said the integration of the rail stations would be completed by the end of 2013, and fully operational by August 2014.

“The impact for Subang Jaya residents and its surroundings will be beneficial as it will provide options for commuters in terms of direction, connectivity and seamless travel by public transport,” Zulkifli told The Malay Mail.

He said ITT-SJ was designed and would be constructed by Prasarana, while the SJCC and the link bridge that connects the integrated stations to the SJCC podium block, would be developed by Sime Darby Property Bhd.

“The ITT-SJ project is not a joint venture between Prasarana and Sime Darby Property as previously reported.”

The hub will have four bus lay-bys and six drop-off bays for taxis. Ample ‘park and ride’ facilities for commuters are also on the cards with 884 parking bays as well as two basement level parking of 645 bays inside the SJCC podium block.

A ‘loop road’ traffic circulation system is also planned to enhance public accessibility to both ITT-SJ and SJCC development which will be located next to the existing KTM Komuter station.

Sime Darby Property managing director Datuk Tunku Putra Badlishah Tunku Annuar said the inclusion of the transport hub into the SJCC’s 13.75 acres would encourage greater community movement among the residents of Subang Jaya and its surrounding areas.

He said the inter-connectivity concept for the project was similar to Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok whereby pedestrians’ movement to rail stations was facilitated within a sheltered facility.

“In this way, commuters won’t have to use the road from the ITT-SJ,” said Tunku Putra Badlishah, adding a landscaped pedestrian-friendly walkway would also be constructed on top of the existing main drain parallel to Jalan SS16/1.

“Incorporating a transport hub into the SJCC development is vital as it will facilitate the movement of residents, neighbouring communities, office workers, shoppers and the business community to and from the township. It also improves public transport in Subang Jaya and the surrounding commercial and residential areas.”

It is learnt the development approval for the project was obtained last month from the Subang Jaya Municipal Council. Other parties involved to resolve the technical issues include Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) and Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB).

The issues include the re-alignment of existing TNB pylons and transmission lines, relocation of TNB sub-station, constructing a new IWK sewerage pumping station and relocating the existing KTM staff quarters.

TRANSIT Says:

We still prefer our proposed ITT-Barat for Shah Alam stadium area as that is meant to be a “real” integrated transport terminal with taxi, intercity and stage bus, bus rapid transit and LRT services.

However, this proposed ITT-Subang Jaya seems like an interesting project and it should help to improve the public transport experience for users in the area.

On the other hand – TRANSIT is familiar with the congestion in Subang Jaya as a result of streetside parking, too many cars, and the fact that traffic exiting to the Federal Highway must be funneled through one exit (Jalan Tujuan, known to Subang Jaya residents as the “KFC Exit”).

ITT-Subang Jaya should consider potential integration with Federal Highway BRT and Subang Jaya BRT if these two BRT proposals materialize in the future (tackling both intraurban and extraurban mobility needs). There is no use of having another high density ‘City Center’ without taking into account how existing traffic congestion affect the scattering of urban gravities all over Subang Jaya’s greater conurbation region.

Development plan for the new ‘City Center’, if meant to be a Transit-Oriented Development and an urban core for Subang Jaya, must be supplemented with Subang Jaya’s very own local transportation plan that spells out how activity centers and residential zones will be connected to each other.

Subang Jaya councillors have expressed their concern about the prospects for traffic congestion in the SS16 area which will likely be increased as a result of this project.

At the same time, with the LRT & KTM Komuter service coming together at this interchange, it would be a complete waste to not build the additional transport infrastructure.

TRANSIT hopes that we can get detailed plans about the project and share it with you soon.

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9 thoughts on “Work on Subang Jaya transport hub will (supposedly) start next month”

  1. Hopefully this project will be smooth and materialised soon and it will not become TBS-BTS or Terminal Puduraya the second so that SPAD can really prove their efficiency and worthiness to the nation and ward off our stigma of doubts and suspicions upon any government agency/ministry/department.

    1. @Jeffrey

      Since Prasarana is the builder, I doubt that SPAD will have much of a stake in the ITT – hopefully they can be encouraged to take a more proactive role in the planning and design of the terminal though. We also need to see more public consultation on the project and its impact, especially since the traffic study for the area suggests massive congestion in the future (with or without the LRT/KTM link).

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

  2. Interesting but doubt will start next month.. Still can’t see any clear sign of the LRT extension construction. Is there any site plan detailing the surrounding?

    1. Hi @Azmi

      We’ve heard from a councillor in MPSJ who has said the same thing – that the project is unlikely to start “next month” – but “start next month” could refer to a number of possibilities – for example, the LRT extension project could start next month. Or the construction of the walkway over the monsoon drain could start next month … etc.

      Our view is that the “start next month” refers to the LRT extension project (a Prasarana project) which could include construction works for the Subang Jaya LRT station and the integration with the KTM – creating the so-called ITT-Subang Jaya.

      As for the Subang Jaya City Centre, that project has been deferred so we know that is not starting next month.

      As for the plan of the terminal and surrounding area, we only had a quick look at it a few years ago and would like to see an updated version. We will be asking our contacts at MPSJ & Prasarana for info.

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

  3. @ Moaz
    Thanks for your update. I do feel that this ITT would perform better in term of passengers load compare to ITT BTS due to population density. The only problem is that the Federeal Highway 2 does not have a direct interchange with the ELITE/NKVE/NS highway to enable the buses to disperse north or south smoothly. They need to travel along the congested Jln Bt 3 Lama and Jalan Subang (Glenmarie) with many traffic lights, industrial trucks & bottlenecks. We always think of our rail network interchange that is bad but don’t forget our road network interchange is equally bad as well. How could TWO MAJOR HIGHWAY CROSS without interchange? In this case, ironically they are both own by PLUS. They can give all type of excuses (i.e. one of the highway is located too high elevated etc) but this represent their careless planning from the beginning. Secondly, in today’s engineering structure, there is nothing impossible, just they are so kedekut retaining their profits.

    1. @Azmi

      We prefer the Shah Alam location because of better access to the highways – you are correct about the jam on Jalan Subang and Batu Tiga Lama but that is only one option. It is also possible to access the NKVE from the north-side interchanges and if there was a real interest, they could even build ramps (corkscrew design – though it would not be easy) linking the bus terminal to the elevated highway.

      There was talk about a dedicated ramp from the Federal Highway (westbound lanes) to the SJCC but we never saw much in the way of details.

      Another factor is that this “ITT” will not be incorporating express buses – it is just a rail hub with bus and taxi laybys.

      What we need to see is better services now, like a direct Subang – Federal Highway bus service (avoiding the congested Sunway area) as well as an extension of RapidKL bus route 607 into Subang Jaya. Both of these improvements are possible thanks to the Subang-Kelana link.

      Unfortunately we have seen very little in the way of support for these improvements – when we proposed them to RapidKL. This worries us because without improved bus services there is a very real possibility that the ITT-SJ would just end up as another nice piece of congestion-inducing public transport infrastructure.

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

  4. @ Moaz

    Points taking & completely agreed. Looking from our authorities past experienced, planning PT project on piece-meal basis, probably they will only decide on the ITT (WEST) location and the details when the SJ LRT extension and the tentative Shah Alam MRT have been laid to operation. Dunno why they can’t see foresights. This explain our crawling progress and some mistakes here & there in PT matters, compared to other countries.

    TRANSIT pragmatic approaches and advance planning is more interesting blending nicely – public and private, theory and practical, road and rail, history and future, old and new technologies, city and urban, etc.

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