A more thorough study of the traffic situation around the 35 proposed stations along the 51km MRT route should be done in order to justify their locations and ensure the project’s success, Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (Awer) president S. Piarapakaran reportedly claimed in an online news portal recently.
According to the Awer chief, the MRT project consultants had failed to conduct a traffic modelling study when preparing the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the MRT.
“Impact studies must be done on those in the surrounding areas affected by the MRT stations. This was not done. With the traffic analysis or modelling, they also have to determine the number of cars in the area at present and estimate the number of people who would come from outside the area to gain access to the station,” Piarapakaran reportedly said.
It was recently reported by another news portal that there would be traffic gridlocks along the routes where construction of the MRT is to commence this July.
The Awer head pointed out that poor planning and a lack of proper study on the purpose of the stations’ locations had resulted in many LRT stations becoming under-utilised. Citing the Abdullah Hukum LRT station, Piarapakaran said as far as he knows, mostly only TNB staff members use the station.
Piarapakaran added that a traffic modelling study would also give a more accurate finding on the likely reduction of carbon emissions resulting from fewer number of cars on the roads.
The EIA is intended to look into all aspects of the project in order to determine its impact on the environment and the public.
Saying Awer is not against the MRT project, Piarapakaran stressed that a proper study needed to be done in order to reduce wastage and ensure the project successfully improves the country’s public transportation system and reduces fuel usage.
The first phase of the three-line Klang Valley MRT will have 35 stations along its 51km route that stretches from Sungai Buloh to Kajang. Eight of the stations will be underground as 9.5km of the line will be built under the KL city centre.
The proposed MRT map is up for public viewing until May 14 at seven locations across the city, namely Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Petaling Jaya City Council, Shah Alam City Council, Selayang Municipal Council, Kajang Municipal Council as well as the Bangsar LRT station and the SPAD office in Menara Dayabumi.
The public can provide their feedback on the project via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through the SPAD toll-free line at 1-800-82-6868.