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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More MRT lines likely beyond 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Apart from the blue and circle lines of the My Rapid Transit system, there is a possibility for other lines, depending on density and economic activity, to be built beyond 2020, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.

However, Kong stressed that the focus would be to implement the blue line, which covers the 51km Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT route. This line will have 31 stations.

Speaking after the launching of the Third World Chinese Economic Forum, he said details of the circle line had yet to be finalised and may be announced by the year-end or early 2012.

Kong said the waiting time for KTM Kommuter train services would be reduced from 30 minutes to 10 minutes once the 38 sets of Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) ordered by KTM Bhd were operational by June 2012.

“The first EMU will be delivered in September while the remaining five will be delivered by the year-end. We will receive all by June next year,” he said.

The 38 sets of EMUs cost RM1.89bil, excluding maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) expenses. KTM signed an agreement with CSR ZELC in May last year to purchase the EMUs for commuter service in the Klang Valley.

Kong also said the park and ride facilities in various commuter and light rail transit stations in the Klang Valley were now being upgraded, which will see the addition of about 7,000 parking lots.

By The Star

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