The Greater KL/Klang Valley region which covers the business and administrative capitals of Malaysia is expected to reach a population of 10 million people by 2020. Catering to the transportation needs of that magnitude requires a significant upgrade of the region’s public transport infrastructure.
The focus of the Urban Public Transport (UPT) NKRA is to create a reputable, reliable service within Greater KL/Klang Valley with the end goal of increasing the modal share of public transportation to 40 percent of all commutes by 2030.
NKRA 2014 Achievement(Source: http://www.pemandu.gov.my/gtp/
The UPT NKRA also aspires to alleviate the burden of Malaysians who drive in and out of Greater KL every day. To make buses a more viable option in the Greater KL/Klang Valley area, Malaysia’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) was completed and launched in 2015. The 5.4 km long Sunway BRT plying through the busy suburbs of Sunway and Subang Jaya is currently serving a population of approximately 500,000.
Bus Network Revamp (BNR)
In 2015, the Greater KL/Klang Valley area also saw the execution of the Bus Network Revamp (“BNR”) project to alleviate the uneven bus services and improve bus service reliability to enable the Rakyat to enjoy more frequent and wider access to public transport. The revamp also introduced a bus route numbering system that is standardised across all operators. In our efforts to further improve bus connectivity in the Central Business District (CBD) area, twenty new GoKL buses were also introduced to the system in 2015 and thus far an average of 38,000 commuters use the service daily.
The Integrated Transport Terminal (ITT) Gombak
Reforming the Greater KL/Klang Valley transportation network is a top-priority to meet the needs of Malaysians to travel to their desired destinations with ease and convenience. The Integrated Transport Terminal (ITT) Gombak will see the diversion of more than 400 Eastern and Northern corridor express buses from entering the city centre. This project which is the second of the three planned ITTs, with the first one which caters to Southern buses having started operations in Bandar Tasik Selatan (TBS) in 2011 would further reduce overall traffic congestion in the built-up areas of Greater KL/Klang Valley region.
Expanding The Urban Rail Network
Moving forward, the urban transport landscape will see further network expansion with the much anticipated large-scale rail projects operationalising in 2016. This includes the Ampang Line and Kelana Jaya Line Extension Projects that will be opening in March and June 2016, respectively, while the partially completed Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (“KVMRT”) Line 1 from Sungai Buloh to Semantan will be ready by the end of 2016. The entire Line 1 (from Sungai Buloh to Kajang) is expected to be launched by July 2017.
Budget 2015 also saw the Prime Minister approving the new Light Rail Transit (“LRT”) Line 3 under the Railway Scheme. This project will involve the construction of a new LRT line from Bandar Utama to Johan Setia, Klang. The 37.2km track covering 26 stations will be operational by August 2020. Adding to this connectivity will be the KVMRT Line 2 which is expected to further enhance mobility within the Greater KL/Klang Valley region after it opens two new phases that will connect Sungai Buloh through Serdang and Putrajaya. Phase 1 of the MRT Line 2 running from Kwasa Damansara to Kampung Batu is expected to open in July 2021, while Phase 2, connecting Kampung Batu to Putrajaya Sentral, will open in July 2022.
Driving a Level Playing Field for the Taxi Industry
SPAD is also looking into improving all other modes of public transportation for first-and-last mile connectivity, including taxi services. In December 2015, SPAD commissioned a taxi lab which focused on strategically realigning the industry to meet today’s demands. This entailed discussions to identify ideas and way forward to formulate an optimal business model for the industry, increase service availability during peak times and other low-supply situations, improve driver competency and behaviour and encourage the uptake of technological innovations.