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LRT Extension: Putting the Best Route Forward PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 October 2006

Suhaini Aznam (The Star)

  
  

Since the Government’s announcement of a RM10bil allocation to upgrade the Klang Valley transport system, various ‘experts’ have offered unsolicited advice. But according to the man in charge, the final route will be well plotted, Suhaini Aznam has the story.

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Sept - FOLLOWING the crow’s direct flight path, urban commuters have found that their fastest way into the city is by light rapid transit (LRT). Speeding over traffic snarls on the highway, a total of 320,000 commuters take the line daily, most of them professionals and students. 

The LRT and the monorail are the future. Congested Penang was recently allocated RM2.8bil for a second bridge and RM1.2bil for a light monorail system.  

Of the RM10bil allocated to the Klang Valley under Budget 2007, RM7bil will be spent on extending existing lines to capture densely populated housing enclaves. The Kelana Jaya line will reach out to Subang Jaya and USJ; the Sri Petaling line to Puchong.  

In addition, Syarikat Prasarana Nasional Bhd (SPNB) has also been tasked with building a totally new line to Kota Damansara.

The routes are still on the drawing board. SPNB currently has 13 options for the Kelana Jaya line and 12 options for the Sri Petaling line. A finalised blueprint will only be out in October.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 October 2006 )
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New LRT Line & Extension! PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 03 September 2006

Big news! Rumours of the extension of the Kelana Jaya LRT line past its Kelana Jaya terminal were topped by the Deputy PM's announcement that, not only will it be extended all the way to USJ, there'll also be a new line running from the city centre through Damansara Heights to Kota Damansara.

The other end of this new line will reach all the way to the heavily populated area of Cheras! The Sri Petaling arm of the erstwhile called Star line will also be extended to reach another heavily populated area, Puchong -- brilliant idea!

I don't know whether I'm being middle-class/suburban-centric, but it seems that finally, these LRT lines are beginning to make sense, instead of running through boondocks areas. The only thing needed now are parts approximating to a circle line to link up the radial fingers of this network....

Hang on! There are the new monorail lines that were announced not too long ago. Give us some time and we'll try to superimpose this hypothetical scenario for you (new LRT line and extension slated for 2010).

In the meantime, you can read the article in The Star about this news at this link, or from the pasted text below.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 September 2006 )
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