Build MRT sub-line to Kepong, SPAD urged

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Build MRT sub-line to Kepong, SPAD urged

Postby admin » Sun May 01, 2011 5:04 am

The Federal Territory Gerakan wants the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to extend the MRT system to Kepong because it is a high density area with heavy traffic.

They are proposing a sub-line from Bukit Bintang to Kepong connecting Taman Ehsan, Jinjang and Taman Desa Jaya.

They also want problems related to parking, connectivity and fare rate to be addressed.

Problems faced by the present transport system should be taken in to consideration to retify issues connected to the MRT line, Gerakan said.

However, they said the project must begin on schedule because material cost would increase if there was any delay.

FT Gerakan will be submitting their proposal to SPAD today to get things moving.

Its state secretary, Dr Wong Ruen Yuan, said location, high density and practicality were some of the major concerns.

Several meetings were held since last year together with non-governmental organisations, residents associations as well as taxi and bus operators to come up with the proposals and raise common issues with the transportation system.

“We want the issues tackled because congestion is bad in the city and if you look at Singapore, there are not many cars on the road because people prefer to use the MRT.

“The MRT should be convenient and cheap for users because some of the problems with the LRT are lack of parking space, feeder bus connectivity from housing areas and stations not located strategically,” he said.

He added that using public transport would help promote a green environment and allow the government to save in terms of petrol subsidy.

Dr Wong said it was a valid request by people that the MRT lines go underground because it would save a lot of problems for the government in acquiring land.

“In Hong Kong, there are many shops underground.

“It is all about costing if they go underground, so if they spend more now, they can make their money back,” said Dr Wong.

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