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.