KUALA LUMPUR: Improvements to KL Sentral’s integrated transportation hub may see a 10% increase in commuters using public transportation in the Klang Valley by the middle of next year.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said efforts were being made to avoid traffic jams and pollution brought about by development, which was not matched by proper transportation infrastructure.
“The initiative taken by Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB) is timely and supports the Government’s aim of increasing public transportation usage in the Klang Valley by up to 25% in 2012 from 17% last year,” he said when officiating at the 10th anniversary celebration of KL Sentral here yesterday.
Among the initiatives in urban public transport under the National Key Results Areas, he noted that the project to connect KL Sentral Monorail and KL Sentral was scheduled for completion by July 2012.
Meanwhile, MRCB’s chief executive officer Datuk Mohamed Razeek Hussain said KL Sentral catered to some 140,000 commuters and visitors daily, with the number expected to double to 280,000 once the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) service was ready by 2016.
He said MRCB would be seeking the Government’s approval to manage KL Sentral for another 15 years.
MRCB, via its subsidiary Semasa Sentral Sdn Bhd, was awarded a 15-year concession from November 2000 to manage KL Sentral, developed at a cost of more than RM1bil.
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