LRT3 'new milestone' in urban rail transportation

DAWN CHAN

SHAH ALAM: Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the launch of the Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3) marked a new milestone in urban rail transportation in the country.

He said that great strides will continue to be made towards improving the public transportation network within the Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley region.

"This has long been a key focus for the ministry as well as the government," he said in a statement today.

Liow said LRT3 will serve the Western Corridor of the Klang Valley, improving accessibility to commuters in Klang, Shah Alam and Petaling Jaya via 26 stations.

The 37 kilometer alignment, he added, will connect an expected population of two million in the Western Corridor of Klang Valley by 2020.

Liow said the LRT3 project was launched as part of the government's efforts to encourage use of public transportation. Other initiatives include the capacity increase for the existing Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT lines, the GO KL free bus services, the Sunway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), the LRT Extension Project, and the soon to be operational Mass Rapid Transit Line 1 (MRT1).

These projects, added Liow, have increased the modal share of urban public transportation from 10 per cent in 2009 to 20 per cent by the end of 2015 with a target of 40 per cent by 2030.

"LRT3 will continue to drive this effort by addressing issues raised in the Urban Rail Development Plan, primarily the need for a more efficient transportation network within the suburban areas of Klang Valley.

"As the population within the Western Corridor of Klang Valley grows, the increased capacity and connectivity offered by the LRT3 will encourage modal transfer from private vehicles, reducing congestion and improving quality of life.

"Recognising the importance of maximizing the benefit of LRT3, the rail was designed to ensure integration with existing and future public transportation services such as the MRT1, LRT, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the KTM.

" These interchanges will reduce the ‘barriers’ of making a land public transport journey while reducing the overload at the current public transportation network," he said.

Liow said the government also congratulated LRT3 project owner, Prasarana Malaysia Bhd.

"We will wholeheartedly support LRT3 in its efforts to transform Malaysia’s urban public transport into an attractive alternative mode of travel for urban commuters," he said.

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