50% Discount to Malaysia MRT Commuters

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MRT Phase

50% Discount to Malaysia MRT Commuters

All 31 stations of Sg Buloh-Kajang MRT line fully operational since yesterday


Starting from 4pm today, all 31 stations of the country’s first mass rapid transit (MRT) line, starting from Sungai Buloh to Kajang — expected to serve 1.2 million of population along the catchment line, will be fully operational, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“I am also throwing a special gift to the rakyat. The MRT is free for today, and until Aug 31, the government will be offering a 50% discount to MRT commuters in conjunction with Merdeka Day celebration,” Najib said in his speech, prior to launching the country’s first MRT services.

“It is a momentous occasion in the country’s history today. As a Finance Minister, I am also happy to note that MRT is delivered below the budgeted cost, and ahead of the schedule,” he added.

Najib once again reiterated that the first MRT line was built at a cost of RM21 billion, saving RM2 billion and lower than the budgeted RM23 billion.

Benchmarking the MRT with global rail operators, Najib said he was informed that Malaysia’s mass rapid transit is better than the rail services available in London, New York and Hong Kong.

“But compared to Singapore, we are just at par,” quipped Najib, adding that “Malaysians can stand tall today and be proud of the MRT services, which is among the world’s best.”

Based on the studies conducted, Najib said the MRT line will cut the travelling time between Sungai Buloh and Kajang to 88 minutes, from 2.5 hours taken by using bus.

From a cost standpoint, Najib added that the one-way fare to travel between Sg Buloh to Kajang is only RM5.50, compared to an average of RM54 offered by Uber, a ride-hailing service operator.

At the same time, Najib also said the MRT’s procurement and tendering process is recognised as following the best practices and standards.

He also stressed that the MRT contracts were awarded to qualified and competent Bumiputera companies, and “not cronies”.

“Based on the contracts awarded, Bumiputera participation in the first MRT line project is 50%. And the contracts were awarded to competent firms,” he added.

Stretching 51km, the first MRT line from Sg Buloh to Kajang consists of 31 stations, of which seven are underground stations while the remaining 21 are elevated stations. — theedgeproperty.com.my

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More Places Benefits From The Opening of MRT Malaysia First Phase

MRT Malaysia first phase opens on Friday

PETALING JAYA: The first phase of the Sg Buloh-Kajang Line (Malaysia MRT Line ) – to be launched next Friday – is not expected to be heavily used for the moment.

Once the entire line is fully operational, however, it will serve some 400,000 passengers.

The launch will see 12 MRT stations open for commuters – Sg Buloh, Kampung Selamat, Kwasa Damansara, Kwasa Sentral, Kota Damansara, Surian, Mutiara Damansara, Bandar Utama, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Phileo Damansara, Pusat Bandar Damansara and Semantan.

Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd strategic communications and stakeholder relations director Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah said it did not expect Phase 1 to be heavily utilised.

  This was partly due to KTM Komuter at Sg Buloh being the only connection to the line under Phase 1, he said.

“The line does not connect to other rail-based services and it does not come into the city centre,” he said yesterday.

The 23km-long alignment is expected to be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who took a preview ride on the train with several bloggers and social activists on Friday.


MRT Phase 1 Stations List

MRT Phase 1 Stations List


Najmuddin said with the completion of Phase Two – which stretches for another 19 stations to Kajang – operations would begin to serve the estimated 1.2 million people living along that that corridor.

“This means they will have easy access to the line. We expect around 400,000 passengers to use it (daily) when it is fully operational,” he said.

When fully operational, Najmud­din said it would help to remove some cars from roads, especially for those in areas such as Sg Buloh, Kota Damansara, Bandar Utama, Cheras and Kajang and those working in the city centre.

“The capacity of the line is 20,000 passengers per hour per direction. Each MRT train, which has four coaches, can carry 1,200 people.

“During peak hours, the frequency of trains is one every 3.5 minutes,” said Najmuddin.

At present, driving from Sg Buloh to Phileo Damansara here during the morning rush hour can take up to 90 minutes.

Commuters using the MRT will be able to travel from as low as RM1 for a single stop based on the cashless fare structure.

Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd said the maximum fare will be RM6.40 based on the cash fare structure and RM5.50 based on the cashless fare structure.

Some 120 feeder buses will also be deployed on 26 routes to service the 12 stations between Sungai Buloh and Semantan that make up the first phase of the MRT line.


Article refer from http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/12/11/mrt-first-phase-opens-on-friday-12-stations-from-sungai-buloh-to-semantan-to-begin-operations/



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