MRT a game changer transforming public transport landscape

CEO Shahril Mokhtar says MRT fares affordable, from RM1 to RM6.40, enabling lower- and medium-income groups to enjoy service as well as increase their mobility.
KUALA LUMPUR: The launch of the second phase of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line today will mark a game changer in the train services of the country’s transportation landscape.
In providing cheap and efficient public transportation, the SBK line will serve its role particularly in facilitating the under-served areas throughout its 51km route with 31 stations between Sungai Buloh and Kajang.
This is because areas in the northwest and southeast of Klang Valley are not served by any urban rail lines since the Kelana Jaya, Sri Petaling and Ampang Light Rail Transit lines and their extensions only serve the northeast and southwest quadrants of the Klang Valley.
MRT chief executive officer Shahril Mokhtar described the implementation of the MRT-SBK line as a game changer in transforming the country’s transportation landscape that would benefit the public in many ways, one of it being to improve the transportation connectivity for residents living in the under-served areas.
Shahril said in the first phase of the completed MRT-SBK Line, 11 out of 12 stations were built in areas where there was no rail service while phase two will be 13 out of 19 stations.
“This reflects MRT’s commitment to improve the connectivity, especially in suburban areas, thus improving the people’s mobility,” he said.
Fares throughout the MRT-SBK Line would be affordable, starting from RM1 to RM6.40, enabling lower- and medium-income groups to enjoy the privilege of the MRT service, he said.
Shahril said MRT would reduce the people’s burden as it would directly reduce their cost of living.
“Relatively cheaper than driving your own car with fluctuating petrol prices, no parking charges, less wear and tear on your vehicle and extending your car’s life span,” he told Bernama.
From the environmental perspective, it would be greener because the train service does not use fuel and when people take the train ride, they would reduce the use of their cars, thus reducing air pollution, so it is a win-win situation for the environment, he added.
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