The phase 1 of Sg Buloh-Kajang MRT Line (SBK), which was launched by Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday, could just be the milestone in strengthening the country’s urban rail network.
The 21km track runs through among the most populated and developed suburban areas between Sg Buloh and Bukit Damansara.
It is to ease traffic congestion as commuters were provided easy access to public transport, marking an important landmark and a step forward for transport system.
The enhanced rail network will have spillover benefits on Malaysia’s economic growth as connectivity would see a solid boost and overall quality of life improves as a result.
Part of the vision by the Barisan Nasional-helmed federal government was to create a connected and efficient transport system within the country.
Some RM70bil in investments had been allocated for the development of urban rail networks within the greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley in the past six years.
This comprised the LRT, monorail, KTMB Komuter service and the Klang Valley Double Track project.
Phase 1 of MRT, which started construction on July 8, 2011, covers 21km of the SBK Line’s northern elevated section, which includes 12 stations between the Sungai Buloh and Semantan Station in Bukit Damansara.
MRT Corp has said following the government’s decision, all operations of the SBK Line will be handled by Prasarana Malaysia Bhd’s subsidiary, Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd.
All matters pertaining to the train service, including train timetabling, fares, ticketing and customer service will be handled by Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd.
Feeder bus services will be handled by Prasarana’s subsidiary, RapidBus Sdn Bhd, covering 25 routes from 11 of the 12 stations.
A total of 112 buses will be utilised to cater the two dozen routes.
Feeder bus routes will cover residential and commercial areas within 3km of any MRT station, with a frequency of between 10 and 15 minutes.
MRT Corp system could track a commuter’s movements based on the Touch n’ Go cards used at its Park And Ride facilities and to enter the MRT stations.
Those who park their cars at these facilities but do not use the MRT will be charged the hourly rate.
The MRT Corp-owned park and ride facility, a fee of RM4.30 per entry for MRT commuters have been fixed and payable only via Touch ‘n Go cards.
Park and ride facilities are available at Sungai Buloh, Kwasa Damansara, Kwasa Sentral, Bandar Utama and Pusat Bandar Damansara stations.
The Phileo Damansara facility will be opened at a later date.
The Sungai Buloh facility is fully-owned and operated by MRT Corp.
MRT Corp’s Hotline at 1800-82-6868 will focus on the SBK Line phase 2 and MRT Sungai Buloh- Serdang- Putrajaya construction-related matters.
Phase Two, expected to be launched in the middle of 2017 will see another 19 stations opened to the public from the Semantan station to Kajang.
This will include a 9.5km underground route with stops at Muzium Negara (KL Sentral), Pasar Seni, Plaza Merdeka, Bukit Bintang, Tun Razak Exchange, Jalan Cochrane, and Taman Maluri.
For details on all services about the MRT trains, feeder buses and Park and Ride facilities, call RapidKL Helpline 03-7885 2585 from 7am to 8.30pm on weekdays and 8.30am to 5.30pm on weekends (closed on public holidays) or visit www.rapidkl.com.my