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Old December 19th, 2006, 07:39 AM   #1
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KL flirts with congestion fees

19 Dec 2006
Minderjeet Kaur

KUALA LUMPUR: Motorists used to stewing in the capital’s worsening traffic jams can look forward to an easier ride but it may come at a price.

On his first day at work, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan said the time for road or congestion charges — much discussed and long in the pipeline — has finally arrived with the city’s improved public transportation.

Vehicles entering the city centre during peak hours will have to pay a levy. But the new Datuk Bandar’s proposal differs from the restricted zones of Singapore and London, where congestion charging has dramatically freed up traffic and reduced pollution.

Car-pool lanes will be introduced along busy roads, at whose entrances City Hall officers will charge lone drivers.

Hakim said the move was possible because public transportation connecting the city centre with other areas in the Klang Valley was now available.

"There are LRT and other public transportation into the city. We might need to adjust and improve the public transport system further," he said at his first Press conference at City Hall headquarters here yesterday.

Hakim, 56, clocked in at 8am and had his first official meeting with Federal Territories Minister Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique and City Hall department heads and advisers.

"We need to take effective measures before KL traffic worsens."

Drivers in car-pool lanes will need two other passengers to escape charges.

"At present, most cars have one driver entering the city at peak hours. This creates congestion," he said.

Peak hours are between 7am and 9am and 5pm and 7pm on weekdays. The busiest roads include Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Sultan Ismail.

He said City Hall was now looking at the most congested roads in the city centre and the amount to be charged.

He said more money would go towards building covered pedestrian walkways near LRT stations and bus stops.

"People will be connected from their office blocks to the stations. This will further encourage people to use public transportation even if it is the hot or rainy season."

Integrated ticketing systems for buses and trains will also be introduced.

According to Klang Valley public transport operator RapidKL, about 1.5 million people drive to the city centre each day and only about 500,000 use public transport.

On development in the city, Hakim said about 80 per cent of Kuala Lumpur has been developed with the rest comprising of slopes.

Hakim gave an assurance he would review every project on slope sites.

On flash floods, he said developers would be required to allocate 40 per cent of their development costs for water catchment areas.

"This will ensure each housing area will have its own system to reduce flash floods," he added.

As for next year’s Visit Malaysia Year, Hakim said old buildings would be repainted and potholes patched up.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 08:02 AM   #2
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If this would mean more money for public transport, I say its a good idea!!
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Old December 19th, 2006, 10:42 AM   #3
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Hangat hangat tahi ayam..
or hot hot chicken shit
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Old December 19th, 2006, 10:46 AM   #4
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Great news! The new mayor is for keeps. This sounds more sensible and more money making then some previous suggestions such as no bikes in certain jalans or tramways. But where does the actual city centre starts? Jalan kuching and duta considered kah?
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Old December 19th, 2006, 10:55 AM   #5
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a smart move!!...KL also has to follow Singapore for having a high quality red colored pedestrian walkway.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 11:31 AM   #6
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harap dbkl selenggara dgn baik kawasan pejalan kaki baru tu nnti.
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Old December 20th, 2006, 03:29 AM   #7
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let us see the new mayor's report card by end of the day..
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Old December 20th, 2006, 04:16 AM   #8
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A good news..but i hope this come to realistic..don't just ''talk talk saja''
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Old December 20th, 2006, 04:20 AM   #9
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Bagus punya idea !! Kita mesti sokong enggunaan pengangkutan awam !!
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