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RM570mil terminal project to proceed


THE Government will proceed with the RM570mil integrated transport terminal at Bandar Tasik Selatan which will replace Puduraya as Kuala Lumpur's main terminal for southbound buses.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin told the Dewan Rakyat during Question Time that the terminal would be ready by 2010.

He told Chua Tee Yong (BN – Labis) the terminal would cater to road-based public transport serving the southern part of the peninsula, namely Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor.

The terminal, first proposed in the late 1990s, would be located next to the Bandar Tasik Selatan light rail transit, KTM Komuter and Express Rail Link stations.

Lajim said construction work started in November last year and that with the new terminal, there would be a reduction of the number of public transport vehicles entering the city.

He said the new integrated terminal was expected to cater to 100,000 commuters from the nearby LRT, ERL and Komuter KTM stations.

Lajim also said that other upgrading of the transport system included double tracking from Seremban to Gemas at RM3.45bil, Ipoh to Padang Besar at RM12.485bil and Sentul to Batu Caves at RM557mil.

The Seremban-Gemas link would be ready by 2012, Ipoh–Padang Besar by 2013 and Sentul–Batu Caves by 2009.

“Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd has also bought 32 trains to ensure the LRT system would be more efficient,” he said.

To a question by M. Kulasegaran (DAP – Ipoh Barat), Lajim said KTM Bhd was waiting for new coaches to arrive by the end of the year to ply the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh route.
 

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Dewan Rakyat: Replacing Puduraya
V. Vasudevan, Eileen Ng, Joseph Sipalan, Irdiani Mohd Salleh and Ili Liyana Mokhtar




THE Bandar Tasik Selatan integrated transport terminal, which will replace the Puduraya terminal, is expected to be ready by end of 2010, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin, in reply to Chua Tee Yong (BN-Labis), said the new terminal would ease traffic congestion in the city centre as it could accommodate the increased number of public transport vehicles, especially inter-city buses and taxis, from the southern sector.
 

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Bandar Tasik Selatan
- KTM Komuter regional rail station
- Ampang Line rapid transit station
- ERL airport rail link station

Bandar Tasik Selatan is a Malaysian interchange station located next to and named after Bandar Tasik Selatan, in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. The station serves as both a stop and interchange for KTM Komuter, Ampang Line, and the Express Rail Link's KLIA Transit trains, and RapidKL buses. The station is accessible via Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) from the southeast, and, indirectly, the Sungai Besi Expressway from the west. The Bandar Tasik Selatan interchange is effectively an intermodal transportation hub.

- Ampang Line rapid transit station
The southeastern entrance into the Bandar Tasik Selatan station.



- KTM Komuter regional rail station
A platform view, northbound, of the Bandar Tasik Selatan KTM Komuter halt after canopy upgrades.



- ERL airport rail link station
An exterior view of the Bandar Tasik Selatan KLIA Transit station southbound, as seen from the footbridge leading to the station. Also depicted is a passing KLIA Ekspres train.

 

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Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal To Be Ready By 2010
July 07, 2008 16:28 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 7 (Bernama) -- The Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal project, which will be replacing the Puduraya Terminal, is expected to be ready by end of 2010, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Lajim Ukin said the new terminal would ease the traffic congestion in the city centre, as it could accommodate the increased number of public transport vehicles, especially inter-city buses and taxis, from the southern sector.

"The terminal is expected to accommodate 100,000 passengers of the integrated transport system, namely the Light Rail Transit (LRT), Express Rail Link (ERL) and KTM Komuter," he said in reply to Chua Tee Yong (BN-Labis).

Lajim said other measures adopted by the government to upgrade the public transportation system included the implementation of RM3.45 billion Seremban-Gemas electrified double-tracking rail project which was expected to be ready by 2012, the RM12.485 billion Ipoh-Padang Besar project by 2013 and RM557 Sentul-Batu Caves by 2009.

Apart from that, he said, the Rapid KL bus company had acquired 1,130 new buses to replace the uneconomical old ones.

"Rapid KL has also introduced new routes and increased its buses' frequencies including those of feeder buses," he said.

LRT system operator Rapid KL Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPNB) had also bought 32 new additional trains, to ensure its operational efficiency, he added.

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OPINION: Cut the highways, look into buses, LRT
NST Online » 2008/07/12By : Chok Suat Ling


The Mid-Term Review of the Ninth Malaysia Plan did not sufficiently address urgent concerns about public transport, experts tell CHOK SUAT LING.

DENNIS Heng's office is situated in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur city centre. To get there, the management consultant has to weave through gridlocked traffic daily but he has persisted in doing so for three years.

His blood pressure is none the better for it but Heng says, half-jokingly, that his health would deteriorate further if he took public transport.

The problem is connectivity, among other things. From his apartment in Bandar Puchong Jaya, there is no bus or light rail transit (LRT) line which will take him directly to his office in Wisma Angkasa Raya, opposite the Petronas Twin Towers.

To take the LRT, he would have to walk for 15 minutes to board a feeder bus which would take him to the Bukit Jalil station. He would have to change trains at Masjid Jamek.

When he reaches KLCC, it would be another 10 minutes' walk to his office. "If it pours, I would be drenched," says Heng.

Taking the bus would be even worse, he claims: "If traffic is congested, it would take me close to two hours to reach the office. On the North-South expressway, I would already be in Malacca in that time."

What would make him switch to public transport? The recent hike in fuel prices certainly has not. Heng concedes that he would leave his car at home only if there is better connectivity:

"I am not asking for the LRT or bus to drop me off right at my office doorstep, but close by would be good and of course, sheltered walkways would help. Besides, buses should not only be more frequent but also arrive on schedule."

Indeed, the public transport system in the country continues to be in a muddle. Experts say the Mid-Term Review of the Ninth Malaysia Plan recently did not comprehensively address pertinent issues.

According to a United Nations Development Programme spokesman, it is not clear what projects or programmes will be developed within congested urban areas to reduce intra-city sprawl and congestion, or, more importantly, what policies will be implemented to support these changes.

"To achieve the target ratio of private vehicles to public transport of 70:30 by 2010, steps to improve inter-modal connectivity must go hand-in-glove with infrastructure expansion," she says, underscoring a need to restructure the current public transport network as well as phase out routes which are duplicated.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's public transport expert Prof Dr Abdul Rahim Mat Noor says very little about public transport was addressed in the Mid-Term Review. "There have been a lot of announcements with no follow-up."

Connectivity, he points out, remains a major problem: "This is not just about connectivity between terminals but also between the stations and buildings. In Singapore, Europe and North America, there are all-weather roofed pathways. In Singapore, some walkways are shaded by angsana trees. It is cool and breezy and you would not even feel you are walking in a tropical country."

He notes that another problem is conflicting interests among public transport users, operators, regulators and politicians.

"Users want low fares and high quality service; operators want higher fares for high quality service; the regulators want both parties to be satisfied. Politicians want what the grassroots want, which is low fares."

As a result of disparate interests, the users and operators end up the victims. Bus companies are suffering because while costs are escalating, their fares are not going up according to the inflation rate.

"The government must subsidise public transport operators. If not, users will end up with low quality service and low-demand routes will not be served as they are not profitable," says the academic.

Another matter of concern is the lack of permanency in public transport policies and regulations: "One press conference and everything changes. The withdrawal of subsidies from RapidKL is a good example."

Abdul Rahim urges the authorities to give the issues urgent attention for many people are affected, not just in the Klang Valley but in all major cities and towns in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak:

"In rural areas, old buses emitting choking fumes are still running. In Kajang and Shah Alam, the minibuses are neglected and being run poorly. What the government is doing instead is to focus on building highways and expressways. This will encourage people to use cars."

What experts say is most crucial is the need to hasten the establishment of a single National Public Transport Commission to act as an umbrella body. Currently, no less than 13 agencies from different ministries are involved in a wide range of operations and this has led to overlaps, crossed signals and inefficiency.

Public transport expert Sulik Suleiman Salleh underscores the importance of having a body that thinks collectively and runs independently:

"The various ministries, agencies and departments are all playing different roles and this slows down progress in improving public transport nationwide," Sulik Suleiman, formerly with Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia, notes.

UKM's Abdul Rahim welcomes the proposed establishment of the commission, saying it could serve as a centre for the public to air their grouses: "What is more integral, however, is the need to set up a research, monitoring and data collection centre."

The government does not have data on many aspects of public transport like the cost of maintaining and servicing buses, the price of spare parts and labour, and the number of passengers on a specific route. Without this information, it is difficult to plan for the future."

Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat has taken note of the problems and says inter-connectivity within the Klang Valley will be enhanced.

City Hall, RapidKL and Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPNB) are building aerobridges, covered walkways, escalators, lifts and access roads to major LRT, monorail, ERL (Express Rail Link) and KTM Komuter stations, especially in areas such as Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL Sentral, Bangsar, Petaling Jaya and Bank Negara, he points out.

A new LRT station will be opened at Seri Rampai and there are also plans to extend the LRT-Star (Sri Petaling) to USJ/Puchong, with eight new stations over a 15km stretch.

Another project involves the extension of the LRT-Putra to USJ/Puchong, with eight new stations stretching over 16km.

Detailed studies on both extension projects are expected to be completed this year. Both will be wholly-financed by SPNB under a privatisation and concession agreement.

Meanwhile, the RM633.8 million integrated transport terminal at Bandar Tasik Selatan, which will replace the old and congested Pudu Raya Terminal, will be fully integrated with the LRT-Star, Express Rail Link and KTM Komuter stations, within a radius of 200 metres.

The terminal, covering 95,000 square metres, will have 150 taxi bays, 60 bus platforms, 1,000 parking bays and will be connected by a six-lane highway to the Middle Ring Road 2 and Besraya highways. It is expected to be completed by December 2010.

A future integrated transport terminal for east-bound traffic at Gombak has been identified and will be implemented at a later stage.

Ong is also pushing for the formation of a public transport commission: "The system is fragmented now. There is confusion over who has jurisdiction over public transport projects.

"A central agency would make the system more efficient and connected."
 

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Meanwhile, the RM633.8 million integrated transport terminal at Bandar Tasik Selatan, which will replace the old and congested Pudu Raya Terminal, will be fully integrated with the LRT-Star, Express Rail Link and KTM Komuter stations, within a radius of 200 metres.
http://www.kliaholdings.com.my/listofproject.pdf

Maybe this is related, look at number 20...

Even when i saw that board from ERL bridge, it did state "KLIA consult", something like that...
 

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Comparison of the BTS Integrated Transport Terminal with KL Sentral and Puduraya...

In terms of station size :

BTS Integrated Transport Terminal, 95000 sq m
KL Sentral, 996308 square feet or around 92560 sq m(gross floor area)

Parking lots :

BTS Integrated Transport Terminal, 1000
KL Sentral, 820

Number of bus platforms :

BTS Integrated Transport Terminal, 60
Puduraya, 23

As it is near to highways, hopefully the congestion around the new ITT will be less than currently around Puduraya...another good thing is that, it is just beside a lake (should be cleaned), the lakeside should have lakeside walk for recreation purpose for nearby apartments and also travellers....
 

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Kudos to integrated transport terminal


IT is wonderful news that the government is planning on building the Integrated Transport Terminal at Bandar Tasik Selatan.

If it is planned and designed properly, the presence of the ITT will reduce pressure on the Puduraya Bus Termi-nal and improve the operations of bus operators and RapidKL.

The Bandar Tasik Selatan ITT could be supplemented with ITT at Gombak, Jalan Ipoh (Titiwangsa) and Subang Airport, in the future.

However, if designed poorly, the ITT will just become another Puduraya, with poor organisation, next-to-impossible access, aggressive taxi drivers and poor public transport services.

What worries me right now is that the rakyat is not informed about the plans for these very vital structures. This means that there will be no feedback, and no oversight, and no chance to correct mistakes before they are made permanent.We do not want another Puduraya!

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