RapidKL passes two billion passenger mark
26 May 2014| last updated at 10:04PM
HISTORIC MILESTONE: Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd group managing director Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar says RapidKL is proud of its achievement
KUALA LUMPUR: RAPIDKL's rail and bus services have transported some two billion passengers since it started operating 10 years ago.
Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) group managing director Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar said RapidKL was optimistic that it would double its figures to four billion or more by 2020.
"We have made great strides in the first 10 years.
"We aim to make greater strides in the future, especially as we approach 2020 -- the landmark year when we celebrate our success to be a developed nation," he said at Prasarana's 10th anniversary celebrations in Jalan Melaka.
The ridership projection is based on a host of infrastructure projects that are nearing completion as well as others already in the pipeline and expected to be ready by 2020.
These include the proposed LRT3 project that will connect the current LRT network to Shah Alam and Klang.
The feasibility study report was submitted to the Land Public Transport Commission several weeks ago.
Should the much-needed alignment be approved by the government, Shahril said the figures could pass beyond four billion.
The first phase of the LRT Line Extension Plan (LEP) and the BRT Sunway Line which connects KTM Komuter and LEP will be operational by October next year.
"We will be having new trains for all three networks. We are looking at more transport-oriented development at the LEP. That will also be the approach for the proposed LRT3. We will also be connected to the MRT which is expected to be operational in 2018.
"We will continue to further improve RapidKL bus services. With stronger connectivity with the rail networks, ridership figures will also increase tremendously.
"Very soon, we will have an integrated ticket for bus and rail with the usage of MyRapid Card extended to our buses, in addition to the Touch 'n Go card to promote a cashless ticketing system.
"All these are expected to tremendously increase ridership figures. With additional trains and increased capacity of our new trains, the number of passengers will increase by several folds," he said, adding that there were 800 buses on the road and no less than 35 per cent of them were servicing feeder routes.
The trend of city councils in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and Penang offering free bus services is expected to be emulated by other local councils which will also boost usage of RapidKL services, he added.
RapidKL takes pride in being the fourth most reliable train operator in the Nova Group of Metros which comprises 16 medium-sized rail operators in major cities in the world, according to the latest data from the Imperial College London's Railway and Transport Strategy Centre ranking. Metros in Nanjing, Delhi and Barcelona are ahead of RapidKL.
Others members of the Nova Group of Metros include Dockland Light Railway London, Sydney Trains, Toronto TTC, Buenos Aires Metrovias, Bangkok BMCL, Istanbul Ulasim and Metropolitano de Lisboa.
RapidKL's overall reliability is also ahead of major metros in Singapore, London, New York and Paris.
"In terms of frequency, RapidKL is ranked third among the Nova Group of Metros.
"It is a testament to the fact that we are of global standards and are ahead of many rail operators in the world.
"However, we will not rest on our laurel and will continue to strive to enhance our service delivery," said Shahril.
Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar says RapidKL will continue to improve its services