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The MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line
 

The MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line

The first Klang Valley MRT line to be approved for implementation is the 51km MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line. The line starts from Sungai Buloh which is located to the north-west of Kuala Lumpur, runs through the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, and ends in Kajang, a fast developing town located to the south-east of Kuala Lumpur. The line serves a corridor with an estimated population of 1.2 million people.

The line will be underground for a distance of 9.5km. The line will have 31 stations of which seven will be underground. Phase One of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line from Sungai Buloh to Semantan will become operational by the end of 2016 while Phase Two from Semantan to Kajang will become operational by July 2017, allowing trains to serve the entire line. Each train serving the line will have four coaches having a total capacity of 1,200 passengers. The daily expected ridership is about 400,000 passengers. The trains are expected to run at an interval of 3.5 minutes.
 

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About the Proposal

The Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley area needs great improvement in public transport is undeniable for upwards of five to six million people who live and work in this area, with many of them having to commute long distances to get to work.

The proposed 3-line 150 km Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system in Kuala Lumpur (KL) comprising two northeast-southwest radial lines and one circle line looping around KL city. KL MRT will not only significantly increase the current inadequate rail network.

The proposed MRT will also serve to integrate the existing rail networks and expectantly alleviate the severe traffic congestion in the KL metropolitan area. The proposal was announced in June 2010 and was approved by the government of Malaysia in December 2010. Construction of the first line is targeted to commence in July 2011 and expected ready by June 2017.

The project also represents one of the economic entry point project identified for the Greater Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley National Key Economic Area under the Economic Transformation Program. The MRT project represents one of the economic entry point project identified for the Greater Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley National Key Economic Area under the Economic Transformation Program.

The KL MRT system is envisaged to radically improve and transform Kuala Lumpur’s poor and sorely inadequate public transportation coverage and to propel the Greater Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area to be on par with that of a developed city. Also, this will help with local tourism.

The new lines will increase Greater Kuala Lumpur’s rapid rail network from 15 km per million people in 2010 to 40 km per million people once completed. The proposal also envisages a fivefold increase in rail riders, in line with the government’s target for public transport usage in the Klang Valley of 40% by 2020 from 18% in 2009. Only an efficient and well-planned system can move large numbers of people during the morning and evening rush hours for a large city.

While the project is welcome by most, some analysts and commentators have expressed concerns on the commercial viability of the project and skepticism on the government part to pull off a project of such scale, given the numerous past delays in other rail-related projects in Malaysia. However, most agree that the project will generate immense economic contribution and investment returns in the future.


 

   
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