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MRT users exceed one mil, Phase 2 will benefit even more commuters, says PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the number of Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) users has exceeded one million since its launch and more are expected to benefit from the transportation system once it is fully up and running.

He said the public will be able to enjoy a wide network of public transportation consisting of trains and buses when Phase 2 of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line, which is on schedule (95% complete) and will be operational by July this year.

He noted that Rapid KL has provided a total of 112 buses covering 256.3km to connect MRT stations under Phase 1 of the MRT.

“I hope the MRT and feeder buses under Phase 1 of the SBK Line have benefited commuters and residents across the city.

“MRT commuters are encouraged to give feedback in terms of service, frequency of trains, feeder buses and so on, to Rapid KL which is the service operator by calling 03-78852585 or via e-mail to [email protected],” said Najib on his website today.

Najib also recalled his experience when riding the MRT, which he described as a technological marvel that offers a smooth, fast and quiet ride.

Najib, who commented that his journey was comfortable all the way, also visited the feeder bus facilities.

He noted that service is very important in ensuring the first and last mile connectivity of the public transportation.

“Although the MRT SBK Line Phase 1 had been completed and fully operational, the focus and works by MRT Corp remain unfinished.

“We have launched 12 stations for Phase 1 of the SBK Line on 15 Dec in 2016 and there are still a remaining 30km which will pass through 19 stations to be completed in SBK Line Phase 2.

“Phase 2 will pass through densely populated areas like Cheras and Kajang, as well as popular destinations for tourists such as the National Museum and Pasar Seni which did not receive widespread coverage of public transport previously,” he added.

For seamless connectivity, the SBK Phase 2 will have six interchange stations connecting the MRT network with a wide range of other train services such as the LRT, KTM, Monorail, KLIA Express and KLIA Transit.

The upcoming MRT stations are the National Museum, Central Market, Merdeka, Bukit Bintang, Maluri and Kajang.

The Park N ‘Ride facility will also be available at selected MRT stations under Phase 2 of the SBK Line such as Maluri, Taman Midah, Taman Suntex, Sri Raya, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Bukit Dukong, Kajang and Sungai Jernih.-nst

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