PETALING JAYA: A single card will be all you need – and you can ride all rail and bus services in the Klang Valley and park at nearly 4,000 spots at transit stations. Two new integrated transport terminals will also mean ease of travel without having to deal with traffic jams.
These are among the things commuters can look forward to in the next few years.
Other than the ongoing light rail transit (LRT) and mass rapid transit (MRT) projects currently under construction, a slew of other initiatives will be rolled out from next year to 2020 under the Government’s plans to boost public transport use in Greater Kuala Lumpur from 20% last year to 30% by the end of 2020.
According to the “Land Public Transport Transformation Journey 2010-2015” report which was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday, an Integrated Common Payment System (ICPS) is targeted for introduction in 2018.
The ICPS is a unified ticketing system managed by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) which aims to allow travel on all bus, rail, metro and monorail networks using a single smartcard.
Additional information on SPAD’s website said commuters using the ICPS could save money as special discounts will be given for customised products, suited to each group of commuters.
The commission expects an estimated one million passengers to use the ICPS daily in its first year of operation.
To make it easier for commuters to access rail services, the report said that 3,955 new parking spots will be prepared by 2019 to complement all the rail lines operating by then.
“Also by 2019, there will be some 30 Park-n-Ride stations across the city at high concentration areas,” the report said.
To further boost transport services, two new integrated terminals, namely the Terminal Bersepadu Gombak (TBG) and Terminal Bersepadu Sungai Buloh (TBSB) will be operational by 2020. These terminals will integrate bus and rail links.
Unlike the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan in Bandar Tasik Selatan, which was fully funded by the Government, both TBG and TBSB will be developed and operated via concessions and private funding, respectively.
The report said SPAD would also issue a request for proposal by early next year to build the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the Federal Highway for the Klang-KL line.
Under the BRT service, buses will travel on an exclusive lane separate from normal traffic.
In addition to the KL-Klang line, 10 other BRT lines have been identified. They are KL-Ampang, KL-Taman Melawati, KL-Puchong, Ampang-Kepong, Alam Damai-Kerinchi, Kinrara-Damansara, Putrajaya-Kajang, Putrajaya-Putra Heights, Shah-Alam-Putra Heights and Kota Damansara-Shah Alam.
To make it easier for commuters to know bus routes, 3,500 additional Bus Stop Info Panels will be installed at selected bus stops and key hubs in Greater Kuala Lumpur next year. This year will see a total of 3,000 such panels being set up.
To further expand feeder bus services, 22 new routes will be introduced when all 31 MRT stations start operations in June 2017.
Najib launched the report after opening a symposium on “Public Transport: Transforming the Nation” here organised by SPAD.