EPP 4: My Rapid Transit
Significant investment in the GKL/KV transportation is required to expand the coverage of the population taking public transportation in order to reduce congestion, increase productivity and provide for an environmentally sustainable means of transport. Moving forward, GKL/KV’s aspiration to achieve a 50% public transport modal share by 2020 will require an increase in rail capacity to support this aim. The MRT network will be integrated with existing rail lines (KTM Komuter, Ampang, Kelana Jaya LRT and the Monorail. In addition, an MRT project will contribute RM3-4 billion annually to Greater KL/KV’s GNI aspirations with massive spillover impacts on the construction industry and productivity savings.
Currently, the Government has appointed Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat as the regulator overseeing the MRT project while Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad is the project and asset owner.
On 8 July 2011, YAB PM launched the first MRT line that will run between Sungai Buloh and Kajang (SB-K) and which passes through the centre of Kuala Lumpur. The line starts from Sugai Buloh and passes through Kota Damansara, the Curve, Bandar Utama, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Jalan Semantan, Cheras, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn and Balakong before ending in Kajang. The daily ridership of the line is expected to be over 400,000 passengers, covering a catchment area of 1.2 million.
The length of the SBK line Line is an estimated 51 km, of which 9.5 km are underground and 41.5km are elevated. There will be 31 stations, with 7 underground and 24 elevated stations, and 16 Park and Ride facilities. Travel time is estimated at 90 minutes end-to-end. Construction has begun on July 2011 and the line is expected to be operational in 2017.
The pre-qualification exercise for the civil works and depot was concluded on 6 June 2011 while that of the underground works closed on 6 July 2011. The first tenders for the MRT main packages are expected to be undertaken in October/November 2011.