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
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
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.