The following is the statement from Moaz Ahmad of TRANSIT with regards to the planned extension of the LRT lines from Kelana Jaya to Putra Heights and Sri Petaling.
The Association for the Improvement of Mass-Transit will submit a copy of their feedback on the proposed Railways Scheme for the extension of the Ampang LRT Line (LRT Sistem 1) and Kelana Jaya LRT Line (LRT Sistem 2) from their current terminals to a new integrated terminal in Putra Heights.
We hope that this feedback will convey to the Director General of Railways and the Minister of Transport that TRANSIT is extremely concerned about the planning of public transport in the Klang Valley.
TRANSIT raises its concern about the current language of the Railways Act 1991, which treats all forms of railways as the same. TRANSIT believes that there are significant differences between an urban mass-transit railway and a rural or intercity railway and that the Railways Act 1991 or future Public Land Transport Act 2010 (SPAD Act) should identify and define these differences.
In our submission, TRANSIT also questions why the proposed railways scheme is different from the Selangor Structural Plan (2006).
Although TRANSIT recognizes that the Federal government has the responsibility to regulate transport (including public transport), the State Governments have a significant role to play with respect to the planning and land use associated with that transport.
TRANSIT also questions whether a complete public transport planning study and economic feasibility study were conducted for these proposed lines. If these studies were conducted, why where they not made public?
We are aware that a survey of residents was conducted in 2007 and wish to know why the results were not made public.
TRANSIT also believes that the language of the Railways Act 1991 does encourage the Director General of Railways and the Minister of Transport to direct the Railway company to submit further information to them or to the public regarding the railways scheme.
TRANSIT asks the Director General of Railways and the Minister of Transport to play a more proactive role in the planning of public transport and Railways Schemes by directing their officers to improve the structure of the public display and directing Railway Companies to make public all studies related the planning and analysis of their Railway Schemes.
Moaz Yusuf Ahmad
on behalf of TRANSIT
The Association for the Improvement of Mass-Transit (TRANSIT) is a public transport advocacy group that represents the voice of the public transport user, a stakeholder and shareholder in public transport who is often ignored by the other stakeholders (the operators, civil servants and wakil rakyat). TRANSIT aims to be a source of knowledge about public transport, and a watchdog for public transport service.
Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad is a company 100% owned by Ministry of Finance Inc. Prasarana owns the assets of public transport lines LRT Sistem 1, 2, 3 as well as buses. LRT Sistem 1 and 2 and a number of these buses are operated by RapidKL Sdn. Bhd. under the brand RapidKL, while other buses are operated by RapidPenang Sdn. Bhd. under the brand RapidPenang. LRT Sistem 3 is operated by KL Starrail Sdn. Bhd. RapidKL, RapidPenang and KL Starrail are all subsidiaries of Prasarana.
The Railway Scheme is the proposed route for the construction or extension of a Railway Line (in this case, the extension of LRT Sistem 1 and LRT Sistem 2), as well as the detailed information submitted to the Director General, Department of Railways as mandated under Section 7 and Section 8 of the Railways Act 1991.