Public transport gains support

Posted on June 12, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

-The Star-

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Improving Urban Public Transport National Key Results Area (NKRA) has shown encouraging results as there is now an increasing number of people choosing public transport as their preferred choice for commuting.

He said the number of people who travelled by bus rose to four million while over 10 million passengers have travelled along the Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in 2011.

He said the load factor for buses, Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Komuter and LRTs are now more evenly distributed with more people riding the bus while the rail services are less crowded.

In a recent entry to his blog, Najib said customer satisfaction with public transport rose to 53%.

The Government has also taken great strides in improving the quality of public transport.

Even so, he said it is imperative for the Government to provide a solid and reliable public transport infrastructure to keep up with the country’s economic growth.

As such, he said the Government would add more bus lanes, six-car train sets for the KTM Komuter, upgrade the LRT and KTM Komuter stations, provide more parking bays and build a new integrated transport terminal (ITT) in Gombak this year.

Najib noted that issues pertaining to public transport were often brought up during his engagement with the public on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

He said as urban public transport becomes more accessible and efficient, he hopes to see a decrease in the reliance on private vehicles for inter-city travel.

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