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Old September 5th, 2008, 12:12 PM   #541
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KLIA Ekspres Schedule Change
Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd

Kuala Lumpur – August 2008: Express Rail Link (ERL) wishes to inform the public that there will be some changes to the current KLIA Ekspres schedule.

After a careful study of the current hourly and daily passenger loads on the KLIA Ekspres, the train frequency for peak (every 15 minutes) and off peak (every 20 minutes) operations will be adjusted to suit the travel patterns better. The journey time of 28 minutes will remain unchanged.

The new schedule below is effective from Monday, 1st September 2008.

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              From KL Sentral	From KLIA

First Train	05:00hrs	05:00hrs
Last Train	00:30hrs	01:00hrs

Train frequency:

· every 15 minutes during peak hours*

· every 20 minutes during off peak hours

· every 30 minutes after midnight

*Peak hours:

Monday – Friday: 06:00-09:00hrs, 16:00-22:00hrs


We would be grateful if you could update your information with the latest schedule above.
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Old September 7th, 2008, 09:11 PM   #542
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Old September 13th, 2008, 11:44 AM   #543
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RapidKL introduces early bus service
Friday September 12, 2008
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THE Rangkaian Pengangkutan Intergrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (RapidKL) will introduce a new trial bus service called the Fajar Bus beginning Sept 15.

This service would be an early morning service starting before 6am and introduced for specific routes.

RapidKL general manager of communications Ebi Azly Abdullah said the service, which starts at 5.10am for some routes was to cater for those who wanted to commute early to avoid the rush hour traffic.

The service will be carried out on a trial basis to determine the demand and if the response is encouraging, the service will be made permanent.

For further information commuters can visit the website, www.rapidkl.com.my or contact the Helpline at 03-7625 6999 (Monday-Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm). Commuters can also send feedback through e-mail at [email protected]
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KTM Komuter is an electrified commuter train service first introduced in 1995, catering especially to commuters in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding suburban areas. It is a popular mode of transportation for commuters working in Kuala Lumpur, as they can travel to the city without the hassle of traffic congestion. Coaches are modern and air-conditioned. For those who drive to the stations/halts, 'Park & Ride' facility is provided at a nominal charge.

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What's the daily ridership for the KLIA transit? I've always seen almost empty trains on this line. I guess it will change drastically when it will go to Seremban.
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Six injured in LRT accident

Six injured in LRT accident
By ELIZABETH LOOI



3 LRT services temporarily halted

KUALA LUMPUR: About 300 people escaped serious injuries in an accident involving two Light Rail Transit (LRT) trains at 6.30pm at the Bukit Jalil station.

Cheras district police chief ACP Ahmad Amir Mohd Hashim said a coach from Sungai Besi stopped suddenly about 200m from the train station before it was rammed into by another train from the rear on the same track.


Help is here: (Top pic) An injured passenger being attended to by medical workers at the Bukit Jalil LRT station in Seri Petaling yesterday after the accident (below pic).

RapidKL executive Suffian Baharuddin confirmed that six passengers were slightly injured. He also said the train services would resume as normal today.

RapidKL communications division general manager Ebi Azly Abdullah said the company would bear the medical costs for the injured passengers.

Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat, who visited the accident site and one of the injured passengers at the hospital later at night, said he would wait for the reports from investigations into the incident.


“I’m relieved to see that the injured passengers were given immediate attention and treatment as they were immediately brought to the hospital,” he said.

Road traffic safety officer R. Perumal, 48, who was in the moving train, said that everyone fell off their seats on impact.

“Everybody started panicking and some contacted their loved ones on their handphones,” said Perumal, who suffered a whiplash when he hit against handle bars.

Airline customer service officer Andrews Pillai, 42, who was trapped along with the other passengers for about 20 minutes in the stationary train, pushed the emergency door lever to get out.

“A few men and myself helped other passengers out and we walked along the tracks back to the Bukit Jalil station,” he said.
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Commuters Still Prefer LRT As Mode Of Transport
September 25, 2008 22:50 PM
By NurQalby Mohd Reda and Norazurra Aziz

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Bernama) -- The Light Rail Transit service, or LRT, is fast becoming a favourite alternative mode of transportation in the city as it is relatively cheaper than other public transportation system.

Most of all, commuters can avoid the city's traffic congestion.

Although the LRT service is not free from technical glitches, including those that could result in train collisions, to a large number of commuters, the LRT is still the preferred mode of transport.

A student of a local institution of higher learning, Zulhelmi Razali, 23, said that technical problems were bound to happen to any train services.

"Commuters need to prepare for any possibilities, including the risk of a collision.

"We cannot foresee these things ... accidents can happen anywhere. We as commuters have no other choice but to ride it," he said when met by Bernama at the Bukit Jalil LRT station, here today.

Zulhelmi, however, wants the LRT system to be improved and monitored to prevent accidents.

For Low Mei San, 21, the LRT service is still among the best public transport systems although technical problems do occur.

"I was scared when I heard about the crash yesterday, but I still had to take the LRT to attend class.

To me, this is the best service compared to other public transportation systems," said the college student when met at the Sri Petaling LRT station.

Yesterday, some 300 commuters were stranded for 30 minutes when two LRT trains collided about 200 metres from the Bukit Jalil LRT station.

Eight commuters sustained minor injuries in the 6.32pm incident.

Fomca chairman, Datuk Marimuthu Nadason said, the company providing the service should not merely lay the blame on technical glitches each time there was a problem.

He said technical glitches involving the transit system needed to be studied to determine whether they were due to valid technical reasons or possible human error.

"Human error may have been caused by failure to inspect the important parts of the train control system, lapse in scheduled maintenance, monitoring, failure to report odd signals and such," he said in an email to Bernama.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd Intercity Service Strategic Business Unit general manager, Sarbini Tijan said, all train and commuter services needed a sophisticated computerised safety system to detect problems while trains were operating.

"Our commuter trains are equipped with computerised systems. If the driver passes out while operating the train, for instance, the computer can detect the situation due to the absence of signal from the driver.

"This will result in the train stopping by itself," he said. RapidKL communications general manager, Ebi Azly Abdullah said that investigations were still being conducted to identify the cause of the collision.

"The train service in the affected route is now operating and initial reports on yesterday's incident has been handed over to the Transport Ministry this afternoon.

"We have formed a special investigations committee to investigate the incident and the full report will be ready by end of next month," he said when contacted.

He added that train movement would be slowed down at accident-prone areas as a precautionary measure.

RapidKL also apologises to LRT commuters who were stranded in the incident.

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KLIA Ekspres is a non-stop, airport rail link service between Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KL Sentral) and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Malaysia. The service is run by Express Rail Link Snd.Bhd. which began its operations on 14 April 2002.



KLIA Transit is a rail service linking Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) operated by Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL). It shares the same tracks as the KLIA Ekspres but unlike the direct airport express service, KLIA Transit stops at three other stations.

Both KLIA Transit and KLIA Ekspres services are often reffered to by Malaysians simply as ERL.



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ERL Sees 5-10 Pct Growth Next Year
October 13, 2008 21:27 PM
By Siti Radziah Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 (Bernama) - Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL) is looking at five to 10 percent growth in its overall business next year.

Its chief executive officer, Dr. Aminuddin Adnan, said the target could be achieved with new strategies that have been outlined by the company and expected to be carried out by end of this year or early next year.

ERL is looking to expand its KLIA Transit business for the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) and to market its services in Europe.

Aminuddin noted that its KLIA Transit service was growing and already recording higher number of passengers than its KLIA Express service.

KLIA Transit captures between 6,500 and 7,000 passengers a day while KLIA Express serves 4,500 passengers a day.

The company is planning to focus on KLIA Transits KL Sentral station to Salak Tinggi station and three connecting buses from Salak Tinggi to the LCCT.

"The competitors are charging RM8-RM9 from KL Sentral to LCCT. (However) we are looking (at a figure) higher than that because the fare from KL Sentral to Salak Tinggi is already RM12.50," Aminuddin explained.

He added that the transit bus fare would be waived for passengers who commute with KLIA Transit from KL Sentral, while passengers from Bandar Tasik Selatan and Putrajaya will be charged for the bus transit.

ERL operates two high-speed rail services, namely KLIA Express and KLIA Transit, which are connected from KL Sentral to the KL International Airport (KLIA).

"At the moment, KLIA Express has not been growing because even the traffic at the main terminal building has dropped to some extent," he told Bernama in an interview on the sidelines of the 14th World Route Development Forum here Sunday.

He said there was a 20 percent decline for the usage of KLIA Express since the opening of the LCCT in March 2006.

"We are affected because we have seen a lot of people switching from normal airlines to low cost carrier," he said, adding that the company is hoping to capture part of the Air Asias market.

He added ERL is looking at the Air Asias market, as they would probably constitute about 35 percent of the traffic at KLIA.

Aminuddin said that ERL is looking to selling its tickets worldwide and have started with Amadeus to market its service throughout the 300,000 Amadeus sales outlets in Europe.

Spain-based Amadeus is the leading Global Distribution System (GDS) and the biggest processor of travel bookings in the world.

"They are very strong in Europe. At the moment, we are almost finalising the legal arrangements with them and our technical people are already solving some technical issues," he said.

"We are looking at two to five percent (contribution from this partnership). This is a new market. So far, we notice more and more foreigners are taking our train. They are quite used to doing this in Europe," he added.

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RM500m for integrated terminal in Bandar Tasik Selatan
Saturday September 27, 2008 TheStar



A TOTAL of RM500mil will be allocated for an integrated terminal project in Bandar Tasik Selatan, said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Lajim Ukin.

“This is one of the efforts to improve infrastructure and service under Budget 2009,” he after handing over gift packs to KTM Bhd (KTMB) passengers at KL Sentral on Thursday.

The integrated terminal will include a bus hub apart from the current Express Rail Link (ERL), Star LRT and KTM Komuter.

He said the Government’s allocation would not be channelled for new projects but to continue funding projects that are already under way such as the RM12.4bil Ipoh-Padang Besar and the RM3.4bil Gemas-Negeri Sembilan train tracks.

“The airport project in Kota Kinabalu also needs extra allocation from the Government,” said Lajim, adding that the project is 80% completed.

He was responding to a question on how the RM35bil allocation for public transportation under Budget 2009 would be used.

“Apart from the terminal, RM200mil will be allocated toKTMB to purchase five train coaches in 2009 and another five coaches in 2010,” he said, adding there are also plans to repair KTM train tracks.

Earlier, about 6,000 gift packs containing Hari Raya goodies were distributed to passengers of KTM Komuter and KTM Intercity.

KTMB managing director Abdul Radzak Abdul Malek was also present.
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Time For Some Dignity In Malaysia's Public Transport

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October 22, 2008 10:49 AM

Time For Some Dignity In Malaysia's Public Transport

By Melati Mohd Ariff

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 (Bernama) - Over the years, complaints on the shoddy services offered in the countrys public transport sector have continued to snowball and reached colossal proportions.

This had forced Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to take to the ground to witness and experience for himself the daily mayhem and disorder faced by commuters in the city.

At the end of the Prime Ministers day trip, he arrived at the conclusion that a more efficient, reliable and integrated public transportation, which provides seamless travel and greater frequency of services, is required.

In the Klang Valley alone, an average of 400,000 people use the bus services daily while another 350,000 go up RapidKLs trains. Overall, RapidKL provides 44 per cent of the public transport services in the Klang Valley.

These were some of the statistics in the 2009 Budget speech, delivered by Abdullah in the Dewan Rakyat last Aug 29.

To further improve public transport's efficiency, the government has pledged a sum of RM35 billion to be utilised for the period 2009-2014.


Improvement plans include enhancing the capacity of existing rail services, building new tracks and increasing the number of buses.

Regular public transport users including those in the Klang Valley now harbour high hopes that the endless woes they are facing daily would be things of the past.

ATTITUDE CHANGE

Amidst the government's multi-billion Ringgit plans, the wrong notion that public transportation is for only the low-income group should be corrected.

"We limit ourselves by assuming that public transport is for the poor people which is really not the case. One of its functions is to provide mobility service for the public and it is not just for people who cannot afford private transport but also for people who have the option of not using private transport," said Moaz Yusof Ahmad, a public transport activist.

He is the adviser of 'Transit', the Association for the Improvement of Mass Transit-Klang Valley), a newly established public transport activist group.

Moaz said there were two other functions of public transport which were equally important, namely development and business.

A good system of public transport, he said, would encourage the kind of development which was good for the city and its people.

"It would create urban centres that are people-friendly, pedestrian-friendly, the city becomes more livable because people can walk and spend money. They do not have to drive, park or go through traffic jams.

"This community will also save money as the government can save money on roads and transportation and so can the people. We do not have this community in the Klang Valley except in a few of the older areas. Most of our newer communities are designed around cars," he said.

With available infrastructure, profitable businesses can also be generated around public transport stations. Where services are prominent, business operators can also expect increase in profit and property owners can command higher rentals.

"You have the opportunity to advertise and sell land around public transport stations, which in itself can be a profitable enterprise," said Moaz who is an economics lecturer in a Subang Jaya private college.

PLANNING

Moaz argued that issuing more bus or taxi permits and providing more train lines or coaches would not solve public transport woes without proper planning or organisation that would severely impact reliability.

"If we do not include public transport in initial planning to fulfill the transport needs of the community, we are going to see serious problems in the future," he stressed.


According to Moaz, the main shortcoming in public transportation is the complete lack of wholesome or holistic investment.

"We built the LRT line and say the problem is solved and now we can move people. The point is when they get out of the LRT, there is another set of problems the commuters have to deal with. This is what you call the first mile and the last mile connectivity.

"The existing number of feeder buses are inadequate or unreliable and if we do not make the whole service reliable from the first mile to the last mile, then we are not going to get the people to use public transport no matter how many LRTs are built," said Moaz.

SPEND LESS FOR MORE

In terms of costs against the benefits, Transit considers that the LRT is actually one of the least effective choices of public transport.

Citing the Kelana Jaya LRT line, Moaz said currently it was running with double-coach trains and moving about 9,000 passengers in one direction each hour.

"The Kelana Jaya LRT will move approximately 20,000 passengers per hour when they operate the four-coach trains at the end of 2009.

"If we need to move 9,000 or 20,000 people, actually we should be building monorails as it costs less and can move the same number of people," said Moaz.

He also believed that extension of the Kelana Jaya line should continue right to the Shah Alam Stadium as there is ample undeveloped land to the west of the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE).

"If we go to the Shah Alam Stadium, we have access not only to Ara Damansara but also Subang, Kampung Melayu Subang and the rest.

"The stadium area is a very large spot, very open and we can have room for a depot, parking, and express bus lanes.

He said the stadium is located near two highways -- the Federal Highway and NKVE, therefore it is viable for a reliable bus system that could move people from Shah Alam to other areas including Subang Jaya, Kota Kemuning, Klang and even Kuala Lumpur.

Transit also suggests plan to extend the LRT from Seri Petaling to Petaling Jaya South and through Petaling Jaya, all the way to Kepong and back to Sentul.

"The Klang Valley Transport Study identifies Petaling Jaya line traveling from PJ South to Taman Tun Dr Ismail. This line can be integrated within our proposed extension to Petaling Jaya. When completed there would be a KL-PJ loop line that could move 60,000 passengers per hour. This would remove thousands of car from the MRRII daily," said Moaz.

Transit has also identified a solution for Puchong and western Petaling Jaya.

"Jalan Klang Lama and Jalan Puchong are large roads which move thousands of cars per day. If we expand the KL Monorail to four or six-carriage trains and extend it to MidValley, and then along Jalan Klang Lama and Jalan Puchong, we can move 40,000 passengers per hour. MidValley will benefit and we would reduce traffic on Jalan Puchong.

He said in the long term, Transit's approach would build more economic growth for the Klang Valley and Malaysia.


PROVIDE MORE FOR BUSES

The bus service is another area which Transit has great interest in.

According to Muhammad Zulkarnain Hamzah, Transit's spokesperson, buses are very much affected by the traffic congestion.

He said highways and expressways could be used as alternative routes for buses.

As an illustration, he said, 30 buses were more than capable to relieve the maximum amount of free flow traffic that the 1.2 billion Ringgit Akleh( Ampang-KL Elevated Highway) can sustain at any one time.

He also proposed that expressways be used as 'Expressway Rapid Transit' (ERT) tracks with ERT buses functioning as 'trains'.

Muhammad Zulkarnain said bus 'stations' could be built on top of these 'tracks' at identified strategic transit points with high suburban population.

"Bus terminals for suburban feeder bus services together with depots and car parks can be built inside the suburban area and next to the ERT points so that transit time can be cut short," he explained.

Accordingly, three strategic Kuala Lumpur gateway points for ERT buses can be created at KL Sentral/Mid Valley, Imbi (near the Pandan Roundabout) and Sentul Timur with dedicated bus ramps to Jalan Travers for direct access to NKVE and NPE, KL-Putrajaya and Duke Expressway respectively.

The gateway points should be conveniently linked to Ampang and Kelana Jaya LRT Lines besides KL Monorail while the Dang Wangi LRT Station could be the main gateway point that caters to ERT buses from Ampang via Akleh, he said.

"This is because it sits strategically at the west end point of Akleh. To fill up the demand during rush hours, express bus operators should be allowed to bid for periodical contract to serve ERT buses in which they will be paid based on a set of criteria set up by the transport authority," Muhammad Zulkarnain explained.

He said all buses and bus stops as well as mass-transit terminals should be designed based on the universal accessibility principle that would speed up bus service and encourage people to use them.

POLITICAL WILL

To fix the public transport system, it needs a strong political will. It also requires intervention from higher ups as voiced out by both Moaz and Muhammad Zulkarnain.

They proposed the setting up of a Parliamentary Select Committee on Public Transport led by members of Parliaments from both sides of the divide.


"The infrastructure is already there. It is just getting everybody to cooperate for the sake of facing this problem and not thinking of their particular vested interest," said Moaz.

He also stressed that a proper public transport system that provides a level of standard should also be available across the nation and not just only for the Klang Valley.

"If we stick to what we are doing, we are going to stagnate. Jakarta, Bangkok and Singapore have invested in their public transport networks. Jakarta has an exemplary Bus Rapid Transit System. They built seven lines in four years and three more are under construction.

"Bangkok has expanded their Metro and Skytrain and they are building Bus Rapid Transit and Airport Express line. Singapore is building three MRT lines and three more are being planned.

"There is a lot of work ahead but it can be done if we just change our attitude, our perception in public transport," said Moaz.

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Tukar Imej Pengangkutan Awam

Oleh Melati Mohd Ariff

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 Okt (Bernama) -- Padat dan bersesak-sesak di dalam bas dan tren atau terkandas kerana kerosakan atau tren tiba lewat adalah rungutan yang lazim didengar mengenai pengangkutan awam kita.

Ini mendorong Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi `turun padang' untuk merasai sendiri keperitan yang dialami pengguna pengangkutan awam apabila beliau menaiki tren komuter dan LRT.

Beliau membuat kesimpulan orang ramai memerlukan sistem pengangkutan awam yang lebih cekap, boleh diharap dan bersepadu yang memberikan perkhidmatan lebih lancar.

Di Lembah Klang, secara purata terdapat 400,000 pengguna perkhidmatan bas setiap hari sementara 350,000 lagi menggunakan tren RapidKL. Secara keseluruhannya RapidKL menyediakan 44 peratus daripada perkhidmatan awam Lembah Klang.

Ini antara statistik yang terkandung dalam Ucapan Belanjawan 2009 Perdana Menteri pada 29 Ogos lepas. Bagi memperbaiki kecekapan pengangkutan awam, kerajaan memperuntuk RM35 bilion untuk tempoh 2009-2014.

Antara rancangan pembaikan ialah meningkatkan kapasiti perkhidmatan rel sedia ada, membina laluan rel baru dan menambah bilangan bas.

Sudah tentu pengguna termasuk penduduk di Lembah Klang kini menaruh harapan menggunung masalah yang bagai tiada penghujung yang dihadapi mereka setiap hari akan berakhir dengan usaha yang diambil.

UBAH SIKAP

Tanggapan umum yang masih mengaitkan pengangkutan awam hanya memenuhi keperluan golongan berpendapatan rendah, turut perlu diperbetulkan.

"Tidak tepat untuk mengaitkan pengangkutan awam dengan orang miskin sahaja. Salah satu fungsi pengangkutan awam ialah membolehkan orang bergerak dari satu tempat ke satu tempat yang lain. Ia juga untuk keperluan mereka yang mempunyai pilihan untuk tidak menggunakan kenderaan persendirian," ujar Moaz Yusof Ahmad, aktivis pengangkutan awam.

Beliau merupakan penasihat 'Transit' (Persatuan untuk Pembaikan Transit Massa-Lembah Klang), kumpulan aktivis pengangkutan awam yang baru ditubuhkan.

Moaz berkata orang lupa bahawa pengangkutan awam turut berfungsi untuk pembangunan dan perniagaan.

Sistem pengangkutan awam yang baik dapat merangsang pembangunan yang baik untuk pertumbuhan sesebuah bandar raya serta penghuninya, katanya.

"Ia dapat mewujudkan pusat bandar yang mesra penduduk, pejalan kaki dan bandar itu sendiri menjadi lebih mesra untuk didiami. Kita boleh ke mana-mana dengan hanya berjalan kaki tanpa perlu memandu. Komuniti ini boleh berjimat, sama juga dengan kerajaan yang boleh menjimatkan perbelanjaan daripada perlu membina jalan raya dan menyediakan kemudahan pengangkutan.

"Belum ada lagi komuniti ini di Lembah Klang kecuali beberapa kawasan penempatan lama. Kebanyakan komuniti baru direka bentuk dengan mengambil kira kemudahan berkereta," katanya.

Dengan prasarana yang sedia ada, perniagaan yang menguntungkan juga boleh dijana di sekeliling stesen pengangkutan awam.

"Pengusaha perniagaan dapat menjangkakan peningkatan keuntungan sementara pemilik hartanah boleh mendapat kadar sewaan yang lebih tinggi," kata Moaz yang juga pensyarah ekonomi sebuah kolej swasta di Subang Jaya.

ISU PERANCANGAN

Moaz berpendapat memberi lebih banyak permit teksi atau bas atau menambah lebih banyak laluan atau gerabak tren bukan penyelesaian kepada segala masalah pengangkutan awam.

Perkara pokok, katanya, ialah perancangan yang rapi serta organisasi yang dapat menghasilkan perkhidmatan awam yang cekap.

"Jika kita tidak menyertakan pengangkutan awam dalam perancangan awam untuk memenuhi kehendak komuniti, kita akan berhadapan dengan masalah serius kemudiannya," beliau menekankan.

Moaz berkata kepincangan utama dalam pengangkutan awam negara ini ialah pelaburan yang tidak menyeluruh atau holistik.

"Kita bina laluan LRT dan kita ingat masalah selesai, dan sekarang lebih ramai boleh menggunakan LRT. Hakikatnya bila keluar dari tren LRT, mereka ini berhadapan dengan masalah lain. Ini yang kita istilahkan sebagai penghubung perbatuan pertama dan terakhir.

"Bas pengantara yang disediakan tidak mencukupi dan tidak cekap. Sekiranya kita tidak dapat memastikan keseluruhan perkhidmatan cekap daripada perbatuan pertama hingga ke akhir, kita tidak dapat menarik lebih ramai orang menggunakan pengangkutan awam walau banyak mana sekalipun LRT kita bina," kata Moaz.

BERBELANJA KURANG UNTUK LEBIH MANFAAT

Dari segi kos dan faedah, Transit berpendapat LRT adalah antara pilihan pengangkutan awam yang kurang berkesan.

Mengambil contoh aliran LRT Kelana Jaya, Moaz berkata pada masa ini perkhidmatan itu beroperasi dengan tren dua gerabak, menggerakkan kira-kira 9,000 penumpang sehala sejam.

"LRT Kelana Jaya dijangka menggerakkan sekitar 20,000 penumpang sejam apabila ia mempunyai tren empat gerabak penghujung 2009. Tetapi kos prasarana LRT agak tinggi. Sekiranya kita perlu menggerakkan 9,000 atau 20,000 orang, sepatutnya kita menimbangkan monorel kerana kos pembinaannya lebih rendah dan boleh menggerakkan bilangan penumpang yang sama," kata Moaz.

Beliau juga berpendapat Aliran Kelana Jaya perlu disambung hingga ke stadium Shah Alam memandangkan terdapat banyak tanah ke barat Lebuhraya Baru Lembah Klang (NKVE) belum lagi dimajukan.

"Sekiranya ini dilaksanakan, kita ada akses bukan sahaja ke komuniti Ara Damansara tetapi juga Subang, Kampung Melayu Subang, Shah Alam dan sebagainya. Kawasan stadium adalah luas, membolehkan kita mempunyai depot dan kemudahan letak kereta.

"Kita juga boleh membina lorong bas ekspres atau sistem Bas-Rapid Transit (BRT) untuk memberi khidmat kepada kawasan pinggir kota di mana pembinaan LRT tidak kos-efektif," katanya.

"Stadium Shah Alam juga terletak berhampiran Lebuhraya Persekutuan dan NKVE. Oleh yang demikian, kita boleh mengadakan sistem bas yang cekap yang dapat menggerakkan orang dari stadium Shah Alam ke kawasan lain termasuk Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Kota Kemuning, Klang malahan hingga ke KL," cadang beliau.

Transit juga menyokong rancangan LRT disambung dari Seri Petaling ke Petaling Jaya Selatan menerusi Petaling Jaya, sehingga ke Kepong dan balik semua ke Sentul.

"Kajian Pengangkutan Lembah Klang mengenal pasti aliran Petaling Jaya bergerak dari PJ Selatan ke Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. Aliran ini boleh diintegrasikan dengan sambungan yang kami cadangkan ke Petaling Jaya. Apabila siap, kita akan ada aliran lengkap KL-PJ yang boleh menggerakkan 60,000 penumpang sejam. Ini akan mengurangkan beribu-ribu kereta daripada menggunakan MRRII setiap hari," kata Moaz.

Transit juga mengenalpasti penyelesaian untuk Puchong dan kawasan barat Petaling Jaya.

"Jalan Klang Lama dan Jalan Puchong adalah jalan besar yang digunakan beribu-ribu kereta sehari. Jika kita luaskan KL Monorail kepada tren dengan empat atau enam gerabak dan sambungkan hingga ke MidValley, dan kemudian sepanjang Jalan Klang Lama dan Jalan Puchong, kita boleh menggerakkan 40,000 penumpang sejam. Kawasan MidValley akan mendapat manfaat dan boleh mengurangkan kesesakan trafik di Jalan Puchong.

"Dalam masa jangka panjang, pendekatan kami dapat merangsang pertumbuhan ekonomi untuk Lembah Klang dan Malaysia," hujah Moaz.

MENYEDIAKAN LEBIH BANYAK BAS

Perkhidmatan bas adalah satu lagi bidang pengangkutan awam yang menjadi perhatian Transit.

Menurut Muhammad Zulkarnain Hamzah, jurucakap Transit, perkhidmatan bas amat terjejas akibat kesesakan trafik.

Sebagai penyelesaian, beliau berkata lebuh raya boleh digunakan sebagai laluan alternatif untuk bas.

Sebagai ilustrasi, beliau berkata 30 bas adalah lebih daripada mencukupi untuk menggantikan maksimum trafik pada satu-satu masa, yang menggunakan Lebuhraya Bertingkat Ampang-KL (Akleh) yang dibina dengan kos RM1.2 bilion.

Beliau juga mencadangkan lebuh raya digunakan sebagai trek 'Expressway Rapid Transit' (ERT) dengan bas ERT sebagai 'tren'.

Muhammad Zulkarnain mencadangkan 'stesen' bas boleh dibina di atas 'trek' ini di lokasi transit yang strategik dengan jumlah penduduk pinggir kota yang tinggi.

"Terminal bas untuk khidmat bas pengantara pinggir kota serta depot dan tempat letak kereta boleh dibina di kawasan pinggir kota, berhampiran lokasi ERT supaya masa transit dapat disingkatkan," jelasnya.

Sehubungan itu tiga lokasi pintu masuk ke Kuala Lumpur untuk bas ERT boleh diwujudkan di KL Sentral/Mid Valley, Imbi (berhampiran Bulatan Pandan) dan Sentul Timur dengan laluan bas khusus ke Jalan Travers untuk akses langsung ke NKVE dan NPE, KL-Putrajaya, dan DUKE Expressway, katanya.

Lokasi pintu masuk ini mempunyai hubungan mudah ke LRT Ampang/Sri Petaling LRT, LRT Kelana Jaya dan aliran KL Monorail sementara Stesen LRT Dang Wangi boleh dijadikan sebagai lokasi pintu masuk utama untuk menampung bas ERT dari Ampang menerusi Akleh.

"Ini memandangkan kedudukannya yang strategik di bahagian barat Akleh. Bagi menampung keperluan pada waktu puncak, pengendali bas ekspres yang memiliki bas dua tingkat yang boleh menampung bilangan penumpang yang ramai perlu dibenarkan untuk membuat tawaran kontrak berkala menjalankan khidmat bas ERT," kata Muhammad Zulkarnain.

Beliau berkata semua bas dan perhentian bas serta pengangkutan utama perlu direkabentuk menurut prinsip 'universal accessibility' yang dapat mempercepat khidmat bas dan menggalakkan orang ramai menggunakan perkhidmatan itu.

PERLU KESUNGGUHAN JITU

Moaz dan Muhammad Zulkarnain sependapat bahawa penyelesaian kepada kemelut pengangkutan awam memerlukan campur tangan daripada pihak tertinggi kerajaan.

Mereka turut mencadangkan penubuhan Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Parlimen mengenai Pengangkutan Awam yang dianggotai wakil rakyat parti pemerintah dan pembangkang.

"Prasarananya sudah ada. Apa yang diperlukan ialah untuk semua pihak bekerjasama meleraikan kekusutan ini dan bukan hanya untuk memenuhi kepentingan peribadi," kata Moaz.

Beliau turut menegaskan supaya sistem pengangkutan awam yang standard turut diguna pakai di seluruh negara dan bukan hanya untuk Lembah Klang.

"Jika kita terus dengan apa yang kita lakukan sekarang, kemajuan dan pertumbuhan ekonomi tidak berkembang. Jakarta, Bangkok dan Singapura membuat banyak pelaburan dalam rangkaian pengangkutan awam masing-masing. Jakarta mempunyai sistem Bus Rapid Transit yang patut dicontohi. Mereka membina tujuh Aliran dalam tempoh empat tahun dan tiga lagi sedang dalam pembinaan.

"Bangkok sudah mengembangkan tren Metro dan Skytrain dan mereka sedang membina Bus Rapid Transit serta Aliran Ekspres Lapangan Terbang. Singapura sedang membina tiga Aliran MRT dan tiga lagi sedang dirancang.

"Memang banyak kerja yang perlu dilakukan tetapi ia boleh dibuat sekiranya kita menukar sikap dan persepsi kita tentang pengangkutan awam," kata Moaz.

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