Why long Wait at sta­tions?

New Straits Times - - News -

Time and again, com­muters tak­ing the Light Rail Tran­sit (LRT) ar­rive at their des­ti­na­tions late due to “tech­ni­cal” glitches.

A fre­quent user, Mad­zlan, told Actionline that the train he was trav­el­ling on stopped at the Bangsar LRT sta­tion for seven min­utes dur­ing a down­pour.

“It has been a norm for the trains to stop longer at the sta­tions when it rains, lead­ing many of us to won­der if the coaches are not wa­ter­proof.

“I boarded the train at the Ta­man Jaya LRT sta­tion to go to KL Sen­tral, but the train stopped for seven min­utes at the Bangsar sta­tion.

“I am cu­ri­ous why there are de­lays in ser­vices ev­ery time it rains. Are they due to sig­nalling prob­lems or power is­sues?

“Does this mean that it is not ad­vis­able for com­muters to take the LRT

PIC BY SALHANI IBRAHIM when it rains?”

Mad­zlan wanted Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd to ex­plain if such tech­ni­cal prob­lems could be re­solved.

“How­ever, credit must be given to the staff who con­trol the crowd at KL Sen­tral Ko­muter sta­tion. Com­muters are not al­lowed onto the plat­forms un­til they have been cleared of dis­em­bark­ing pas­sen­gers.

“This pre­vents over­crowd­ing on the plat­forms, where there is a risk of peo­ple fall­ing onto the tracks.

The light rail tran­sit has built-in safety fea­tures.

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