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.
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.