the mass rapid transit transport system is estimated to cost RM36b. (read here) lobbying has begun as to where the lines should run & stations be located. naturally, the shopping malls & commercial owners want the stations nearby their premises while home residents want them as far as possible, both for obvious reasons.
i don't live in the klang valley but the few times that i've used the LRT/Star trains, i find the whole exercise inconvenient, to say the least. when i needed to switch lines, i have to exit one station & walk to another station some distance away & then purchase another ticket. but i can actually understand why that happened - because the different lines were constructed at different times & by different parties.
now that there is a Urban Transport masterplan in place, hopefully when the whole thing is up & running (estimated to complete in 2016), there is some semblance of a much needed smooth (dare i say seamless?) travelling experience. hopefully they don't need to send some more people for study trips to europe/america to learn how to design/construct/manage a MRT. they only need to look south.
call me a pessimist but going by past events, i suspect terms like "unexpected delays" & "cost over-runs" to be bandied around in time to come.
however, i would like to be proven wrong.
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I'm tired just thinking about our public transportations. I seldom go shopping so I don't need stations near shopping malls. I need them at general hospitals, government offices, utility offices, universities, markets, community parks, the beach, public libraries..
the ruling government should also think of doing a favor for their muslim breathen by building an MRT near the mosque and save the rest of us from traffic jams!
Malaysia sounds like a one-stop commercial hub than a nation state.
I have my doubts the MRT system would work well. Look at the LRT system. It's not well-connected and our public transportation system is a big mess.
:( oh dear... there's gonna be a massive jam near my place! adding on to the bloody lousy town planning around my area, the construction's gonna be a NIGHTMARE!
well, let's just see how many stations will be built near govt offices, hospitals, etc.
even if a station is located near a mosque, it wouldn't have made much difference because people leave from their offices & not from homes.
you could say this is the last throw of the dice - if it doesn't work out, i don't see how anything else will work.
thinking of moving?
whatever it is , we are still WAY behind our neighbour country ( if u know which one I'm referring to ) when it comes to public transportation.
not only in public transport but also in many other aspects - list is too long to elaborate.
If people leave from their offices, it might be better since I doubt they will build an MRT in a housing estate. Offices are located within commercial areas nowadays.
what i meant is that people drive from their homes to office, & to go to mosques, they will drive from their offices.
unless MRT stations are located at all housing estates & near office hubs, people will still drive.
Oh... hmmm.... I had a friend who drove to his office and then take the LRT to court. He's a lawyer.
he seems like a sensible & practical lawyer.
I find it illogical that some parties complain about trains not servicing their residence, and some other parties protesting lines being built near their houses.
they could be the same people - they want the train service but not the stations/lines too near their homes.
do you recall that a few years ago... some company, i think garuda... was given the contract to build the double tract railway connecting kl and ipoh. upon completion, it is supposed to be able to connect kl-ipoh with speed train....
the project has actually been completed... but then, they found out that the trains they purchased were lau-yahs... cannot go fast...
case under "investigation" i think.
mrt? it's going to do down our stomach and come out as shit... just like those nice nasi lemak char kuey teow and bak kut teh.
the double-track construction was given to a JV between gamuda & MMC but i didn't realise it was already complete as there was no further news on it. besides, the commencement of the commuter train service between KL & ipoh gave me the impression that the double-track is still under construction.
given the transport chaos in the country, i'm also sceptical the MRT will meet the high expectations of the suffering rakyat. however, i heard the bus service in penang has improved by leaps & bounds.
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