‘More trains needed dur­ing peak hours’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Reg­u­lar com­muter Tia Parthiban, 26, is tired of de­layed Kere­tapi Tanah Me­layu (KTM) and Light Rail Tran­sit (LRT) trains due to “tech­ni­cal glitches”.

“There should be more trains dur­ing peak hours and, there­fore, the launch of the Mass Rapid Tran­sit (MRT) ser­vice was a very wel­come ad­di­tion to rail ser­vices,” the stu­dent from Klang told New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Last year’s 61,978 pas­sen­gers per hour per di­rec­tion (pphpd) was ex­pected to grow to 127,578 pphpd by 2020.

In prepa­ra­tion, ac­tiv­i­ties last year were fo­cused on ex­pand­ing rail ser­vices, like the launch of the MRT and LRT Ex­ten­sion Project.

With measures to im­prove bus ser­vices and the Taxi In­dus­try Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gramme (TITP) un­der­way, the gov­ern­ment was con­fi­dent of ob­tain­ing its tar­get of 40 per cent modal share for pub­lic trans­porta­tion in Greater KL/KV by 2030.

In terms of rail con­nec­tiv­ity, the Klang Val­ley MRT Line 1 will be com­pleted by July, fol­lowed by Line 2 in 2022.

The KL Mono­rail Ex­pan­sion Project will add ca­pac­ity to the ser­vice, which serves a daily rid­er­ship of 63,778 and reg­is­ters an av­er­age load fac­tor of 89 per cent dur­ing morn­ing peak hours.

De­mand was ex­pected to rise fur­ther due to pop­u­la­tion growth and the com­ple­tion of other rail projects.

TITP was in­tro­duced to im­prove the taxi in­dus­try in a com­pre­hen­sive man­ner, en­com­pass­ing not only the fleet of reg­is­tered taxis, but also ride-shar­ing or e-hail­ing ser­vices like Uber and Grab.

Tia said the gov­ern­ment made the right di­rec­tion in le­gal­is­ing the lat­ter ser­vices.

“It’s af­ford­able, con­ve­nient and safe. And th­ese ser­vices ac­cept cash­less pay­ment via debit or credit card,” she said.

TITP also looks at the im­prove­ment of taxi driv­ers’ in­come

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