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MBPJ to set up alternative transport system in coming years
The Star | Metro Central | Thursday July 12, 2012
Stories by EDWARD R. HENRY
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2012/7/12/central/11631719&sec=central

TRAMS, electric trishaws and water taxis along five rivers in Petaling Jaya are among the alternative modes of transportation proposed in the city’s plan to enable its people to travel in an efficient manner.

Under the plan, boats and hovercrafts would be used to transport commuters from piers built along Sungai Damansara, Sungai Kayu Ara, Sungai Penchala, Sungai Tambul and Sungai Payong by 2015.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) public relations officer Zainun Zakaria said the proposal for a transport system with low carbon emission had received public support.

“Water taxis will be introduced in two stages and RM5mil will be used to construct water locks to keep the water level constant at certain parts of the rivers,” she said.


Energy efficient: MBPJ has proposed several routes for electric trams such as the one used in Grenoble, France. (Pic from www.railforthevalley.files.wordpress.com).

A private firm would be engaged to carry out landscaping works for areas around the piers.

Zainun said amenities such as restaurants and convenience stores would be opened to keep the waterfront abuzz.

“Apart from that, there are proposals to conduct cultural events and even build hotels in the area, just like the Malacca riverfront.

Water taxis can be introduced in the river near 1Utama shopping centre in Bandar Utama,” she said.


Fast ride: Water taxis have been proposed by the city council for six rivers in PJ. (Pic from www.boatdesign.net)



Meanwhile, the city council has identified nine locations for trams to operate and this project is expected to cost RM15mil.

A depot in SS7 will also be built at a cost of RM20mil, with a proposed central tram station that comes with a storage depot and maintenance workshop.

The tram stations will be located in SS6 (Giant Kelana Jaya), Taman Bahagia LRT station, Taman Megah, Damansara Jaya, Damansara Utama, Bandar Utama and Persiaran Surian. :applause:



The trams were proposed because they were lighter and could be adapted to operate in congested areas without taking up permanent space and incurring high costs.

Based on the proposed routes, the trams will run from SS7 going through SS6/3 to Jalan Bahagia, Jalan SS4A/1 to Jalan SS24/20, Jalan SS22/23 to Jalan SS12/1, Jalan SS21/23 to Jalan SS21/42, Persiaran Bandar Utama to Jalan Dataran Bandar Utama and Persiaran Surian to Jalan PJU8/38.

Malaysian Institute of Planners vice-president Ihsan Zainal Mohktar said trams could accommodate more passengers compared to buses, and were energy efficient as well.

The other proposal was to use RM50,000 to buy 10 units of electric trishaws.

It would serve to ferry two passengers at a time over short distances and would be cheaper.

Ihsan, who is the council-appointed consultant, said this mode of transport was ideal for getting around residential areas.

A private firm will be managing the trishaw service with special licences issued by MBPJ for them to be on the road.



Most Petaling Jaya residents welcome MBPJ’s plan to revamp the transportation system
The Star | Metro Central | Thursday July 12, 2012
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2012/7/12/central/11644400&sec=central

RESIDENTS are all for Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) proposal for an efficient transportation system that is priced reasonably, convenient to use and environmentally friendly.

About 50 residents who were interviewed at random, generally felt comfortable leaving their cars at home to use the proposed public transport.

Most of them also said the transport should come on time and frequently to ensure efficiency.

On Wednesday, StarMetro reported that the council planned to improve the bus service with 13 feeder bus stops and three bus stations.

Apart from that, MBPJ also proposed to have trams, water taxis and electric trishaws in the city.

All Petaling Jaya, Selangor Residents Association Coalition (APAC) adviser Mohamed Umar Peer Mohamed said it supported any plan that would improve the public transportation system.

“We must encourage the use of public transport.

“We also support investment in sustainable public transportation, which includes making use of rivers, roads and solar power for the people’s convenience,” he said.

Mohamed Umar added that the proposal also had economic and environmental benefits.

“I hope Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd will work with the city council to ensure that the project materialises,” he said.

Construction firm chief audit executive Lyndon Felix said transport accounted for over 35% of carbon emissions contributing to climate change in Malaysia.

“At the same time, petrol prices are on the rise and we need to have a transportation system that utilises solar energy.

“Electric trishaws are welcomed for now but we must move towards using solar-powered machines,” he said.

On buses which operates on the road median, Felix said dedicated lanes would ensure speed and reliability, and make it attractive to commuters.

Taman Megah Residents’ Asso-ciation secretary Simon Teh said community involvement would grow when people use public transport.

“People are more likely to meet each other and become more aware and interested in what is happening in their neighbourhoods,” he said.

Federation of Kwong Siew Association of Malaysia president Ho Sai Chong said the proposal was well-planned.

“Our members are happy as one of the proposed feeder buses is close to the Mother of Dragon Temple in Damansara Perdana.

“However, it is important that the council holds regular meetings with the people to discuss the plans, provide updates and get feedback,” he said.

Ho added that the council must also look into providing cheaper transport and adopt the use of smart ticketing, such as Oyster cards in London, where the public get to travel within a certain radius for a fixed rate.
 

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RM 15 to 20 million per kilometre, it is economical. However, more should be done on educating drivers to give way to trams.
 

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RM 15 to 20 million per kilometre, it is economical. However, more should be done on educating drivers to give way to trams.
If trams will ever operational in this country, my prediction - the numbers of road incidents will be increase to 100% :lol::lol:
 
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