Saturday, April 25, 2009

Kelana Jaya LRT Extension Proposal

This is a response I received from transport activist, Moaz Ahmad with regards to the blog post I wrote on the Kelana Jaya football field development. He has made several constructive suggestions with regards to the LRT services which I will bring up in the next parliamentary sitting.

Hi Tony

I wanted to post some comments regarding your posting on the Kelana Jaya football field development. I also agree that the site should be maintained as is, without the development planned. It is interesting to note that the site of the FAS field is not very far away from the RapidKL LRT line, as you can see from the photo below.

Existing track between Kelana Jaya to Lembah Subang (service station)

I believe that it would be beneficial if the PJ Councillors and ADUN and MPs collectively called for RapidKL to extend the LRT line to the Lembah Subang Depot and convert the existing tracks to revenue (passenger carrying) service.

A well-designed station could service Kelana Jaya and Lembah Subang and Ara Damansara, which would improve the quality of life in these areas. It would also increase the value of land and properties in the area - meaning that the council could collect higher charges from developers who want to build near an LRT station. It would also help the MBPJ concentrate development in the areas around the LRT stations - Transit Planning Zones or TPZ to borrow a planning term.

Aside from the immediate area there is also the benefit of future extensions and better public transport service. Lembah Subang is next to the NKVE, giving an opportunity for a fast bus connection to Shah Alam or KL or Subang Jaya. It is also just off Subang Airport road - giving the opportunity for a connection to the Subang Airport. There is also a possibility that the LRT can be extended to the Shah Alam Stadium area, which would be a great site for an intermodal transit terminal (Bus, KTM, LRT).

The cost of constructing the station at Lembah Subang would be very low - the LRT guideway is already in place and there are already platforms with roof structures as well.

Proposed link between Sg Buloh KTM station and the proposed Kota Damansara station
(Which by the way, based on replies from the transport Ministry is at least 5-10 years away)

The same consideration should be given to an extension of the proposed Kota Damansara - Cheras line to the KTM station at Sg. Buloh. Having this extension would allow a better interchange between the new line and the KTM service - giving passengers more choices to help them get into KL or out of KL. Sg. Buloh is also a site for a proposed intermodal transit facility, bringing together the KTM, express buses, and now the MRT.

I and the members of TRANSIT would be happy to give you some information regarding the benefits of an extension of the LRT to Lembah Subang and the extension of the proposed Kota Damansara - Cheras line to Sg. Buloh.

Kind Regards

Moaz Yusuf Ahmad
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