Get excited because we’ll soon get the first feel of Malaysia’s very own MRT!
Scheduled to start operations in December previously, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) has revealed that they will be introducing trial runs of the new train system starting from 1st October.
The runs, which will continue for 3 months, will see the MRT travelling from Sungai Buloh to Kajang (SBK Line). A total of 31 stations will be located along the MRT Line, and it will go through areas such as Bandar Utama (where 1 Utama is located), Semantan, Bukit Bintang, Cheras, as well as Sungai Jernih.
MRT Corps director of operations and assets management, Mahmood Razak, also stated that as of end-June, 86.52% of the SBK MRT Line was already completed. “Phase 1 of the MRT SBK Line (…) will be almost complete by October, as all civil structural works for the elevated stations and guide ways are complete,” continued Razak.
Car parks will also be provided at 14 of the stations, with several multi-storey and open-air car parks already being close to completion. Approximately 9,200 parking bays will be available, with 1,200 at the terminals of Sungai Buloh and Kajang, while the rest will be dispersed at various stations throughout the MRT Line.
Supporting facilities like the feeder bus and car parks will start operating as the same time as the 51-km long MRT Line. 140 feeder buses will be covering a 3-km radius around the stations during the trial period, with an interval of 10 minutes per bus, subject to traffic conditions. After the trial, a total of 300 buses will be deployed.
Source: Bernama via The Star Online.