New Straits Times
TRAM SYSTEM FOR KLANG VALLEY
THE Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) says Malaysia will have a new tram system that will be ‘greener’, more efficient, modern and quieter, similar to the ones in Taiwan, China and Europe.
LINE WILL BE 53 km LONG, COVERING PUTRAJAYA, CYBERJAYA, BANGI, KAJANG
IT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN THREE YEARS IN TERMS OF COST, IT WILL BE AT LEAST 3040pc CHEAPER TO RUN THAN THE MONORAIL » REPORTS BY NOR AIN MOHAMED RADHI, FAHMY AZRIL ROSLI AND NUR LELA ZULKIPLI ON
THE Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will initiate a Request for Proposal (RFP) exercise for bids to implement a 53km-long tram service system that will cover Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, Bangi and Kajang.
SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah said the RFP would be issued within three to six months.
“We have conducted feasibility studies and presented the report to the government. Approval has been given for us to initiate the RFP exercise,” he said at a media briefing on the 2017 Land Public Transport Report Card yesterday.
He said SPAD was looking into tram systems in other countries.
“We are still learning and have not decided on any project yet, but we are open to any system. People can propose their systems.”
He said the tram service would alleviate traffic congestion in those areas.
“A tram service is the most cost-efficient system for these areas. Furthermore, those areas have wide roads, so to minimise cost and operational value, the tram is the best option.”
He said compared with a monorail system, a tram system would be 15 per cent cheaper in terms of capital expenditure and 30 to 40 per cent cheaper in terms of operational costs.
“Furthermore, the tram system that will be implemented in Malaysia will be new, modern, quiet and fast charging. The system
will not be like the one in San Francisco, the United States.
“We are learning from other countries, in Asia and Europe, to use the best technology.”
He said the tram system would be integrated with the Mass Rapid Transit Line 1 and 2, as well as the High-Speed Rail.
On another matter, he said the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) rail service between KL Sentral and Subang Skypark would be completed by May 1.
He said it would take only 28 minutes to travel by the 23kmlong rail service.
He said people would no longer have to face traffic congestion once the rail line was in service.
“SPAD has worked with KTMB to make this a reality because we know many people use the Subang International Airport. The train will run every hour, with one other stop in Subang Jaya.”
He said from the Subang Skypark stop, the airport was a fiveminute walk away.