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Old June 13th, 2008, 07:02 AM   #521
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Rapid KL, short for Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd is a government-owned company which was formed in 2004 as part of the restructuring of the public transport system in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital.

Rapid KL, which is 100%-owned by the government, is the operator of Kuala Lumpur's three light rail transit (LRT) lines. It is also the largest stage bus (regular or trunk bus route) and feeder bus operator in Kuala Lumpur.

All assets of the LRT and bus service is owned by another government-owned company, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPNB) which was also formed under the restructing process.

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New four-car LRT trains in Klang Valley by next year
Friday June 13, 2008, TheStar

PETALING JAYA: The new four-car light rail transit trains for the Kelana Jaya LRT line in the Klang Valley are expected to start operations by the end of next year.

The trains are capable of carrying more than twice the load of the current two-car trains.

In 2006, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd signed the RM1.2bil deal with the Bombardier-Hartasuma consortium for 22 trains, with an option for a further purchase of 13 trains.

The trains are being manufactured by Canadian company Bombardier and will be assembled by Hartasuma Sdn Bhd in Malaysia.

According to details made available at the Rail Solutions Asia exhibition, each train will have 32 seats and can comfortably carry 740 passengers, compared with the present load of 370 people per train.

Under “crush load” situations, the trains can carry 944 passengers. The current trains can only handle 472 passengers.

The new trains, which will be operated by RapidKL, will enable the capacity of the Kelana Jaya line to be increased by another 191,000 passengers daily.
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New four-car LRT trains in Klang Valley by next year

According to details made available at the Rail Solutions Asia exhibition, each train will have 32 seats and can comfortably carry 740 passengers, compared with the present load of 370 people per train.

Under “crush load” situations, the trains can carry 944 passengers. The current trains can only handle 472 passengers.

The new trains, which will be operated by RapidKL, will enable the capacity of the Kelana Jaya line to be increased by another 191,000 passengers daily.
I hope the newspaper checked their facts carefully.

RapidKL officers told me that the current trains are capable of carrying 260 passengers, and the 4-carriage trains will be capable of carrying 530 passengers.

I've also cross-checked those numbers with various sources and even compared the data to Vancouver which also uses the Mark II ART.

A far cry from the 740 that they are suggesting.

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New four-car LRT trains in Klang Valley by next year

According to details made available at the Rail Solutions Asia exhibition, each train will have 32 seats and can comfortably carry 740 passengers, compared with the present load of 370 people per train.

Under “crush load” situations, the trains can carry 944 passengers. The current trains can only handle 472 passengers.

The new trains, which will be operated by RapidKL, will enable the capacity of the Kelana Jaya line to be increased by another 191,000 passengers daily.
I hope the newspaper checked their facts carefully.

RapidKL officers told me that the current trains are capable of carrying 260 passengers, and the 4-carriage trains will be capable of carrying 530 passengers.

I've also cross-checked those numbers with various sources and even compared the data to Vancouver which also uses the Mark II ART.

A far cry from the 740 that they are suggesting.

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Old June 13th, 2008, 07:54 PM   #524
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32 seats? 32/4 = 8 seats per car.

Or do they mean 32 seating areas? Or 32 seats per car?

Allurban, Vancouver trains have more seats than the wall-mounted ones of the Kelana Jaya line though so the standing capacity of the trains might be different.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 08:15 AM   #525
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Kota Damansara-Cheras rail line right on track
Sunday June 15, 2008
By LEONG SHEN-LI
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PETALING JAYA: More than one million Klang Valley residents will benefit from the much awaited new Kota Damansara-Cheras rail transit line.

The Government had earlier said the new line and extensions should be ready by 2012. Sources said with the average construction period taking three to four years, work would have to start by the end of this year.

The 40km route covers some of the most densely populated areas in the Klang Valley such as Damansara and Cheras as well as the fast growing area of Kota Damansara.

It will also serve the heart of the Golden Triangle, the business and financial hub of Kuala Lumpur.

Currently, the area is only served by KL Monorail, which is already suffering from overcrowding.

The new line, which sources said would cost between RM4bil and RM5bil and will be mostly elevated, will provide the much needed expansion to the current 56km, 48-station light rail transit network, especially in view of the rising fuel prices and the new emphasis on public transport.

The line was announced in October 2006 by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak but little has been heard about it since then.

The alignment, made available to The Star, showed the new line running from Kota Damansara along Persiaran Surian to the Damansara-Puchong Expressway and then heading towards the city centre along the Sprint Expressway, through Bangsar Baru and Jalan Bangsar.

It will then run parallel to the existing Kelana Jaya LRT line (formerly Putra-LRT) to KL Sentral, Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek before heading to the Golden Triangle along Jalan Raja Chulan.

The route will then pass Pasar Rakyat in Bukit Bintang and then Jalan Tun Razak where it will join Jalan Cheras.

It will continue along the road and the Cheras-Kajang Expressway to the Balakong interchange near Cheras Batu 11.

Passengers will be able to switch with the existing Kelana Jaya LRT line at Bangsar, KL Sentral, Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek; and the Ampang LRT line (formerly Star-LRT) at Masjid Jamek and Maluri.

There will be around 30 stations along the line, including the interchange stations.

Sources said the route was a “desktop alignment” which would form the basis for the eventual line. The number of stations has also not been finalised.

The final alignment and number of stations is unlikely to vary in any major way from the “desktop” plan.

As with the other lines, the new line will be owned by Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd and operated by RapidKL.

While the Government has yet to announce when work will begin on the new line, sources pointed to the “positive statements” by Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop after a briefing session with Backbenchers last Thursday.

Nor had announced that public transport would be getting more incentives, allocations and assistance in Budget 2009 and future budgets.

Sources said the Government was also currently conducting the mid-term review of the 9th Malaysia Plan and there were concerted efforts to get the new line in.

Besides the new line, the Government is also trying to get extensions to the Kelana Jaya and Ampang Lines started.

The extensions will cover Subang Jaya, USJ, Kinrara and Puchong and meet at Putra Heights.
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RapidKL seeks swift decision, welcomes new rail transit line
Monday June 16, 2008
By LEE YUK PENG, TheStar


PETALING JAYA: RapidKL hopes the Government can decide fast on the new 40km Kota Damansara-Cheras rail transit line, which covers some of the most densely populated areas in the Klang Valley.

RapidKL communications general manager Ebi Azly Abdullah said the rail transit line would be a good way of getting people to use the public transportation service.

“Rail should be the backbone of the public transportation system. It can ferry a lot of people in a short period of time.

“Taking the light rail transit to the city will be cheaper,'' said Ebi Azly.

He said this in response to the new rail line and extensions planned to be ready by 2012.

The new line will be owned by Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd and operated by RapidKL.

While the Government has yet to announce when work will begin on the new line, sources pointed to the “positive statements” by Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop after a briefing session with Backbenchers last Thursday.

Nor Mohamed had announced that public transportation would be getting more incentives, allocations and assistance under the Budget 2009 and future Budgets.

Sources also said the Government was conducting the mid-term review of the 9th Malaysia Plan and there were concerted efforts to get the new line in.

Besides the new line, the Government is also trying to get extensions to the Kelana Jaya and Ampang Lines.

The extensions will cover Subang Jaya, USJ, Kinrara and Puchong and meet at Putra Heights.

Yesterday, Nor Mohamed also announced that the upcoming 2009 Budget would spell some relief for Malaysians now saddled with higher living costs with its emphasis on a more efficient public transportation system and a knowledge-based economy, among others.

“Various measures are being worked out to ensure as many Malaysians will enjoy some measure of prosperity,” he said after meeting federal Finance Ministry officials in Kota Kinabalu.
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32 seats? 32/4 = 8 seats per car.

Or do they mean 32 seating areas? Or 32 seats per car?

Allurban, Vancouver trains have more seats than the wall-mounted ones of the Kelana Jaya line though so the standing capacity of the trains might be different.
MRT, Im sure they mean 32 seats per car.

As for Vancouver, you are correct that they have more seats which means lower passenger numbers...

However, I cannot believe that the numbers are as high as was claimed.

Interestingly enough, today I got a call from the Corporate Comm department confirming these numbers...I'd still like to see their data however.

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The city rail network plan
Wednesday June 18, 2008, Stories by YIP YOKE TENG, TheStar

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The 11 new and extension rail lines sound like the best thing in the draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 and are crucial to meet the high population growth projected. Let’s put scepticism aside and assume that the lines can be completed on schedule, the city may still face trouble simply because other modes of public transport have been neglected.
According to town planning and transport management expert Goh Bok Yen, the city’s connectivity threatens to be crippled as the draft plan has over-emphasised the rail system while neglecting other modes of transport.

That is, unless the government could complete the proposed rail network comprising 11 new and extension lines in time.

If it fails, the scenario will be nightmarish as the draft plan projects and expects a surge of 600,000 in the city population, with development being intensified accordingly.

“We need a multi-model transport system. The draft plan does not spell out the necessary coordination among the major modes of public transport, namely taxi, stage bus, LRT, Monorail and KTM.

“Each of them plays a role to run as a system, none of them can be replaced by another,” Goh said.

While an extension of 131.21km to achieve a total of 233.61km within 12 years is achievable technically, the progress pattern of the existing LRT lines, in operation since 1996, makes one sceptical.

“Our pattern is that there’s always a delay in infrastructure of at least 10 years compared with targets set in previous plans, including the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020,” Goh said.

“The ambitious rail system is highly uncertain and, worse still, it serves as the backbone of the entire public transport system,” he said.

“Furthermore, in terms of transport, we have been slow as we have been following other people’s technology and management methods,” Goh said.

“We are talking about an urban railway that requires land acquisition and construction in a congested area,” he said.

The draft plan target is that by 2020, Kuala Lumpur would have increased its public transport share to 60%, which is the situation in London and Hong Kong now while Singapore has surpassed that.

Currently, hardly 20% of the KL population use public transport.

“One of the main problems in our existing public transport is the lack of coordination and lack of macro- level management. All the various modes are going individually. Yet, these problems are not addressed in the draft plan,” Goh said.

Little is mentioned about the role of the stage bus in the draft plan, except for the stricter implementation of bus lanes.

“We’re very optimistic about the potential of buses. It is one of the most flexible modes and we have 1,300 buses plying the city today,” Goh said.

“It is passive to just increase the number of buses in proportion to the population. Some world-class cities have what is known as the GPS (global positioning system) control, where taking the bus is just like taking the elevator, with one knowing exactly where and when it stops. We should also look into having different vehicles plying different routes to suit the areas,” he said.

Taxis are not mentioned at all in the draft plan, yet it has and can play a valuable role in easing public transport woes.

Goh cited the Maxi Taxi concept used in KL during the 1980s and in Scotland for community transportation as an environmentally-friendly option to send commuters from their homes to the rail stations.

The “Park and Ride” scheme is highlighted but based on observations and calculations, Goh thinks that the number of parking bays proposed is negligible.

On top of all that, the traffic plan seems to have also ignored the needs of the disabled and senior citizens.

While the future of the city public transport looks uncertain, congestion charges look set to be implemented.

Vehicles entering the city centre will be charged a fee at 14 locations. But, do not expect to go far with the amount you pay as the area allowed is even within MRR1.

“Public transport should be an effective substitute or it is not matured enough to implement congestion charges. The scheme’s impact on business, property and residents is substantial,” Goh said.

He also said he could not agree with the boundaries identified.

Freight vehicle management is another important aspect missed out by the draft plan.

The number of hypermarkets and retail outlets are expected to increase significantly, so will the demand for freight service.

“No world-class city can ignore this aspect of the public transport system. Introducing specific lorry routes is just a temporary measure. A set of clear guidelines must be formulated to manage that on a long-term basis,” Goh said.

Meanwhile, land use will need to be readjusted according to the rail lines. The transit planning zones (TPZ), which are areas located within 400m of existing or future rail stations, are designated for intense commercial and residential developments.

Goh sees a need to relocate many existing stations to bring in the idea of the TPZ.

“As of now, many of the stations are located at inaccessible areas with obvious physical barriers, or they have poor catchments and poor traffic dispersal, just look at the stations in Pandan and Rampai,” he said.

“Re-planning the stations may cost a lot but if the authorities insist on building around the existing ones, which are unsuitable because the earlier planning had overlooked certain fundamentals, the consequences will be worse,” he said.

Goh also said the traffic reports and proposals in the draft plan were too brief, with too many technical terms.

He said the preparation of the plan was apparently careless as there were many errors in the maps and graphs.

Goh said the validity of information was also questionable, with the reports quoting only two sources – the Klang Valley Public Transport Studies and the SMURT-KL Studies by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that was conducted way back in the 1980s.

The draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 is supposed to elaborate what have been spelt out in the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 but, amusingly, the structure plan contains more details, with careful considerations done on the various modes of public transport.

Public transport at two major Asian cities
Hong Kong


Over 90% of the daily journeys in Hong Kong are on public transport, said to be the highest in the world.

The territory’s public transport system encompasses rail, road and maritime.

For rail transport, the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) comprises 10 lines with 82 railway stations and 68 light rail stops. The MTR is complemented by the Tramways and Funicular railways.

Road transport includes taxis, buses and the special public light buses to ply areas that the standard buses cannot reach as quickly and directly.

Maritime transport using ferries provides easy accessibility between Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Macao.

Travelling on public transport is facilitated through use of a stored value smart card that can be used at petrol stations, supermarkets and others.

Singapore

The Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) consists of three main lines with a total rail network length of 109.4 km and 64 stations. A new Circle Line is slated for completion by 2010.

The Light Rail Transit (LRT) runs within several neighbourhoods while the Sentosa Express monorail connects Singapore with Sentosa Island.

The Land Transport Authority has set stringent requirements for the rail service provider, including having at least 94% of trains arrive within 2 minutes of schedule and downtime of not more than 500 hours per 10,000 hours of operation for general ticketing machines.

New measures are tried out to accommodate commuters, such as allowing foldable bicycles on board trains and public buses during off-peak hours.

The rail network is supported by bus and taxi services. Information such as routes, maps and frequencies of the buses are easily available on the operator’s website.

There are also feeder bus services, pick-up services from residential areas, chartered services, NightRider services that runs from 11.30pm to 4.30am and free shuttle services within certain busy areas.

Taxis cater to different needs, the service can be secured through SMS, the Internet or through Interactive Voice Response system.
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Public transport becoming the preferred choice of city folk
2008/07/14, By : Evangeline Majawat, Joseph Sipalan and Regina Lee, NST





KUALA LUMPUR: Facing up to the higher price of fuel is improving the quality of life of city folk and bringing smiles to public transport operators.

As more people leave their cars at home and take buses or trains to work, there is less pollution even as the working class saves on transport costs.

Train and bus transport operators said their passenger figures had risen since the fuel subsidy was reduced and prices of petrol and diesel shot up.

Even taxi drivers, who have been clamouring for a revision of rates, have reported a double bonus -- more passengers and less traffic.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd corporate communications manager Shahriza Embi said an average of 101,000 commuters used its services daily between June 5 and June 20.

"In comparison, an average of 94,000 commuters (used KTMB services) between May 8 and May 23," she said.

KTM Komuter services three routes, Sentul-Port Klang, Seremban-Rawang and Rawang-Kuala Kubu Baru.

Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (RapidKL) also reported an increase in average ridership for its bus and light rail transit operations.

The average ridership for buses increased by 7.5 per cent from 365,111 to 392,654 passengers per day, while for the LRT, ridership increased by 3.9 per cent from 313,753 to 326,095 passengers per day.

"We will continue to monitor the situation and implement appropriate measures to cope with the increase," RapidKL communications division general manager Ebi Azly Abdullah said.

The company is expected to introduce additional trains with larger capacity for the Kelana Jaya LRT line by the end of next year.

Bus operator Metrobus has been enjoying a marked increase in demand for its services.

An officer with the company's operations department said total ticket sales has gone up between 30 and 40 per cent.

"At the moment, each of our buses sells an average of 250 tickets a day," he said.

Metrobus has a fleet of more than 300 buses.

Taxi operators are seeing an increase in passenger traffic, particularly in the city's outskirts.

Taxi Operators Association chairman Datuk Aslah Abdullah said his members were enjoying more business amid thinning traffic jams.

"It's not a very big increase, but at the same time there are no complaints from my members of having no passengers.

"There are also fewer jams nowadays."

Aslah said the association did not have figures on passenger volume, but noted there was a steady increase in demand from predominantly middle-class areas.

"There is better business in areas like Damansara, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya."

Perhaps, the only transport-related business people who cannot find positives from the fuel price hike are petrol station owners.

This is because there has been a drop in petrol sales throughout the country.

Esso Malaysia Dealers Association noted that petrol stations had recorded a 10 to 15 per cent drop in average volume since the fuel price hike early last month.

"In cash turnover, it is still the same as people pay the same amount they used to, only to get less fuel now," said association president Alang Zari Ishak.

"This means, they are using less fuel."

Despite the lower sales turnover, the association, with 275 members, is grateful that the government has stepped in to increase the profit margin for petrol station owners from 9.5 sen to 12.9 sen per litre.
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Refurbished Rapid KL Buses

Scomi Engineering confident of smoother ride
By Kamarul Yunus Published: 2008/06/13, BusinessTimes



SCOMI Engineering Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Scomi Group Bhd, remains optimistic that its logistics and engineering businesses will steadily improve throughout 2008, in anticipation of a surge in demand for public transport, because of the current escalating fuel price.

Its president, Hilmi Zaini, said Scomi expects buyers from Malaysia and overseas to purchase more than 300 buses from the company this year.

Scomi Engineering's plant in Rawang can produce some 400 buses a year. Last year, it produced some 300 buses, of which 120 were exported to places like Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Macau and Cyprus.

"For 2008, we expect almost the same volume as last year, with confirmed orders for 100 buses from Hong Kong," Hilmi said, taking the media for tour around Scomi Engineering's logistics and engineering facilities for buses, special purpose vehicles and monorail in Rawang yesterday.

Scomi Coach Sdn Bhd and Scomi Rail Bhd operate the group's logistics and engineering businesses respectively.

The group is targeting new overseas markets for its coach, stage and double-decker buses, namely India, where there are plans to set up a manufacturing and assembly plant to produce monorail and buses in Mumbai.

"This will certainly complement our sales of buses in the Indian market," Hilmi said.

Through aggressive marketing, the group also expects revenue from its bus segment to show a positive result this year.

"Last year, the bus segment registered a revenue of RM21 million and we expect to achieve similar or slightly better results this year, due to greater demand for the use of public transportation," he said.

Apart from building new buses, Hilmi said the group is refurbishing 150 old RapidKL buses, which were left idle in two yards that do not belong to Scomi.

"We have completed refurbishing 50 of these buses and expect to complete the whole 150 buses in the next two months," he said.

Hilmi was commenting on reports that more than 1,000 RapidKL buses have been left idle in two yards.

He clarified that the buses for RapidKL are not supplied only by Scomi but also other companies, through tender basis.

"For the last three years, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd had purchased about 1,000 stage buses, of which we supplied 285 units.

"The rest were supplied by five or seven other companies," he said.

On its monorail business, Hilmi said the group is bidding for contracts in 20 cities worldwide.

"Over the next 12 months, we expect to see tenders coming up, namely in India and Africa. Currently, there are four or five tenders, which are at the final proposal stage," he said.
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Government all out to improve public transport system
Thursday July 31, 2008, TheStar

PUTRAJAYA: As the rising fuel price forces more people to use buses and trains, steps are being taken to improve the public transport system.

Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat said among the measures would be to amend many outdated laws and ordinances, upgrade the quality of services and improve transport operators’ profits.

Ong, however, did not name the laws that were going to be amended except to say that those affected, such as the Road Transport Ordinance, were now under study.

“We need to take stock of some administrative measures and listen to the people’s aspirations (and) translate that to action by amending some of the current administrative rules,” he told reporters after presenting excellence awards to ministry staff here yesterday.

Ong said part of the improvement plan was the drafting of the new National Transportation Policy that was waiting to be tabled in Parliament.

While the draft was ready, it needed some fine-tuning, he added.
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13 New Commuter Trains To Serve The People By Mid-2010
August 25, 2008 15:12 PM
By Mohd Faizal Hassan

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 (Bernama) -- Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) will receive 13 sets of new trains by mid-2010 for its commuter service to cope with the rising demand for the service, its corporate communications manager Shahriza Embi said Monday.

She said tenders are open until end of September to acquire the trains. Successful bidders will be announced by year-end.

"Eventhough we will take delivery of 13 new sets of commuter trains, existing trains will continue to be used to meet the increasing demand for commuter services," she told Bernama.

Shahriza said though KTMB had 50 sets of commuter trains, only 27 were operating in a day while the rest were undergoing overhaul.

The trains needed to be overhauled to ensure they were in good working order, she said.

She said KTMB needed at least 36 to 40 commuter trains a day to provide efficient service to the people. An average of 100,000 people use the KTM Komuter service everyday.

KTMB Employees' Union president Abdul Razak Md Hassan urged the government to take appropriate measures to replace the ageing trains.

He said the train overhaul work should be given to the right parties having the expertise for the job.

The failure of the Malaysian Korean Rail Corporation to complete the overhaul work of 30 of the 50 trains was regrettable as it had affected the commuter services.

The Transport Ministry recently withdrew 30 Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) from the corporation for failing to complete overhaul work within the specified period in the contract signed in January.

Under the agreement, the corporation must complete at least 15 EMUs by July but it could only manage seven.

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Seremban draws commuters
2 Sep 2008 Ramesh Pillai NST Online




House buyers in Seremban commute to work in
Kuala Lumpur by KTM Komuter or take the bus.


SEREMBAN: The state government's "Work in Kuala Lumpur, Live in Seremban" campaign has successfully increased the number of house buyers from Kuala Lumpur.

Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan said more people were now travelling daily from Seremban to Kuala Lumpur.

He said the Housing Unit revealed that there was a significant increase in the number of new house buyers, especially around the Nilai-Seremban 2 areas.

"These new housen owners commute daily using either the KTM Komuter or by bus," he said.


He said many house owners from Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya had traded their terrace or semi-detached houses for big bungalows here.

With the campaign proven successful, the state will next improve its public transport system to cater for the influx.

"We hope to have a double-track commuter service from here to Kuala Lumpur soon.

"The ERL services have also been proposed under the 10th Malaysian Plan," he said.

Mohamad said more people were buying houses around Seremban and Nilai because the houses were comparatively cheap.

"A bungalow here is cheaper than a semi-detached home in Kuala Lumpur and the trip to the city centre is only 30 minutes."

He was confident that the trend of staying in Seremban but working in Kuala Lumpur would continue to grow

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New LRT lines may save billions in fuel costs
Friday September 5, 2008 By ROYCE CHEAH TheStar

KUALA LUMPUR: More than a million Klang Valley residents stand to benefit from the extension and new light rail transit lines announced in Budget 2009, a three-fold increase from current levels.

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPNB) said with the new level of public transport usage, the country could save as much as RM3bil in fuel costs.

The construction of a new 42km Kota Damansara-Cheras LRT line as well as extensions to the Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT lines were announced as part of measures to develop public transport under the Budget.

Other measures include the purchase of more trains and buses.

The initiatives will cost a total of RM35bil.

SPNB chief executive officer, Shaipudin Shah Harun, said the first train from the 35 trains that were ordered for the Kelana Jaya LRT line would be operational by September next year.

Speaking to reporters at a special post-budget briefing yesterday, Shaipudin said all the trains, which were ordered in 2006, would be ready by 2011 while the 15km extensions to the Kelana Jaya and Ampang lines would also be ready at about the same time.

“The extensions are now at the detailed design stage and we need about a year for land acquisition,” he said.

Shaipudin said the detailed design stage for the new 42km Kota Damansara-Cheras line would happen by the second quarter of next year adding that this new line would have 32 stations, five of which would be underground.
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Express Rail Link Plays Host to Under-privileged Children
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Kuala Lumpur, August 2008: In conjunction with the forthcoming Merdeka Celebrations, Express Rail Link (ERL) played host to a group of under-privileged children under its Corporate Social Responsibility program today.

Jointly organised with Click A Child and Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK), this group of 33 children from Baling, Kedah were taken for a visit to KLIA on the KLIA Transit together with some of their teachers.

On board the high-speed train, popular local artistes, Luscious (Gangstarz), Infinite (Gangstarz), and RadioStar gave rousing performances much to the delight of the children.

Dr Aminuddin Adnan, CEO of ERL, said, “Corporate Social Responsibility forms an integral part of our business. Our involvement in CSR stretches beyond philanthropic activities like community welfare and charity programs to more business-centric initiatives that look at ways to reduce, reuse and recycle products and materials used within the company.”

“ERL operates and maintains eight express trains that run 135 services daily on a modern electrical rail system between KL Sentral and KLIA, and four transit trains running 78 services a day, stopping at three intermediate stations in Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya/Cyberjaya and Salak Tinggi. Our trains have built-in energy-saving features and no direct emissions of pollutants” he added.

Note: KLIA Transit
The KLIA Transit is a commuter service with three quick stops at intermediate stations, serving the key townships of Bandar Tasik Selatan (Cheras), Putrajaya/Cyberjaya and Salak Tinggi along the Multimedia Super Corridor. The train departs every 30 minutes and the journey from KL Sentral to KLIA takes 35 minutes.
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