The Star Malaysia: PM unhappy with Komuter, LRT services
The Star 21 August 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took rides on the commuter and LRT rail services from Serdang to the city centre Thursday to get a feel of the transportation problems faced by the people and came away less than satisfied.
Throughout the one-hour journey, during which he switched trains, the prime minister noted the congestion, especially during the peak hours, and spoke to his fellow passengers to get their feedback.
Speaking to Bernama after disembarking at the Masjid Jamek LRT station, he said he was not satisfied with the rail services and wanted immediate improvements to be made.
He said the existing services were not systematic, there were not enough coaches and coverage was not comprehensive, leaving many areas not serviced.
I just saw the plight of people using the trains to get to work every morning. They were jostling to get on board every time a train arrived. There appeared to be no system.
Im not happy with this because the people are not getting satisfaction from riding the trains. This, we must fix, he said.
I found the trains really packed with so many passengers. Some had waited for three trains and yet could not board. Theres no queue. People push their way in, women with children and old people are pushed aside, he added.
Abdullah arrived at the Serdang Komuter KTM station at 8.15am but could not get on board the first train that arrived because it was packed.
He got on the next train, which arrived 15 minutes later, and headed for KL Sentral, the modern transportation hub for the various rail services.
There he also had to wait a while to switch to the Putra LRT service to get to the Masjid Jamek station because again, the first train to arrive was full.
On both the trains that he took, the prime minister had to stand although the passengers offered him their seats.
Upon arrival at the Masjid Jamek station at 9.15am, he chatted with members of the the public and bought several types of local cakes from the sellers there before leaving.
There were many more suggestions given me by the passengers for my attention. I will strive for improvements, I will propose changes, he said. Bernama
SPNB Identifying Suitable Site For Integrated Transport Terminal
-- BERNAMA - September 04, 2008 19:11 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 (Bernama) -- Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPNB), which owns the assets of two light rail transit lines (LRT), LRT-STAR and LRT-PUTRA, is now determining a suitable and strategic location to build an integrated inter-city transport terminal for the north of the peninsular from the federal capital.
Its Chief Executive Officer, Shaipudin Shah Harun, said the location would most likely be in Damansara or Sungai Buloh where it would be connected to another new LRT station and expected the terminal to be up and running by 2014. (จะสร้าง Hub ให้สายใหม่ ที่สุไหงบุโล หรือ ไม่ก็ Damasara)
The completed terminal would be able to cater to 130 taxis and 100 buses, he told a press conference here Thursday.
He also said the new LRT line from Kota Damansara to Cheras, measuring 42km, would be upgraded to a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system because of high population density. (ทางรถไฟฟ้า LRT สาย Damasara - Cheras ยาว 42 กิโลเมตร)
"We estimate more than 500,000 commuters a day in that area and an MRT system is more suitable compared to the LRT because it can accomodate more users at a time, but the system needs to be studied thoroughly first," he said.
Because of the inconveniences that the commuter has to go through and the poor integration of the rail, bus and taxi, the commuter has no choice but to opt for their own transports.
An international study conducted a few years ago had rated the KL transport system as worst than Bangkok, while we continue to convince ourselves that we have a good road system and have the highest number of car ownership in ASEAN *
With the escalating fuel cost, lack of public transportation system has become an economic and social problem to average commuters. Unless the government can improve the transportation system in Klang Valley, it will continue to be the hot issues for the Pakatan Rakyat.
Yesterday's NST carried a picture of Shahrir taking the ERL.
Why don't he try the RapidKL Kelana Jaya line and take it at Masjid Jamek Station during rush hour? RapidKL is one of the worst maintained LRTs and many of the coaches have air cond that doesn't work. The trains break down pretty often and trying to make people line up at the confined platforms which were obviouly not designed for it and especially during heavy human traffic is a big turn off for many towards the LRTs.
The construction of that damn project above the Masjid Jamek station seem to take forever to construct and because of that all the lifts and nearest exits are out of use causing extreme inconvenience for users . I have seen a lady with her handicap son on wheelchair having such a tough time carrying her kid with the help of kind passerbys down the long flight of stairs to get to the station.
All Thais should be insulted by the comparison of our public transport system with Bangkok's. We are no where near Bangkok which can be very proud of their efficient and well-connected web of subways, above-ground rail trains and the good old bus lines in addition to the abundance of cheap tut-tuts and taxis. Forget Singapore, we have to try and catch Thailand first.
Posted: 15/12/2008 9:17 pm Post subject: บริษัทรถไฟมลายูจำกัด ขาดทุนปีละ 100 ล้านริงกิตต่อปี
KTMB suffered annual losses of than RM100 million since 2003
Bernama: 15 Dec 2008
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 - Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB), suffered average annual losses of more than RM100 million (1100 ล้านบาทต่อปี) between 2003-2007 as a result of increased operating costs, staff expenses and interest on loans as well as train asset depreciation.
Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat, in a written reply to Hee Loy Sian (PKR-Petaling Jaya Selatan) in the Dewan Rakyat today, said that KTMB's losses were also due to the disruption of train services arising from a lack of Electric Multiple Units (EMU) and locomotives caused by technical problems.
KTMB suffered a loss of RM131.2 million in 2003, RM87.6 million (2004), RM131.1 million (2005), RM104.4 million (2006) and RM116.1 million (2007), said Ong.
In his question, Hee had touched on the loss and profits of KTMB over the past five years as well as the steps being taken to enhance the quality of service to register a higher return in revenue.
Ong said that as a step towards enhancing the quality of inter-city and commuter rail service, the Transport Ministry had provided new infrastructure, acquired coaches or increased new services.
"These steps are meant to improve capacity and meet the high demand of users," he said.
The government, he disclosed, had also allocated RM200 million to purchase 10 sets of new EMU, which are expected to be received in stages in 2010 to meet the needs of commuter passengers in the Klang Valley, who have reached 100,000 daily.
Also, the government has approved the purchase of five Electric Train Sets (ETS) to meet the need for a high speed train service between Kuala Lumpur Sentral-Ipoh-Kuala Lumpur Sentral, which is expected to be received in 2010.
Ong also said that the government had approved the implementation of several infrastructure projects to improve and modernise the rail transport service.
This includes the double-tracking project between Ipoh-Padang Besar which is expected to be completed in 2013, the double tracking electrification projects from Seremban-Gemas as well from Sentul-Batu Caves due for completion in 2010 and next year respectively.
Ong said that the implementation of the projects will enable the number of commuter and inter-city services to be increased.
Apart from this, the Ministry had also approved short term rehabilitation work to railway stations throughout the rail network, he added.
Meanwhile, Hee in a statement said that KTMB's Board of Management should resign immediately to take responsibility for the losses.
Hee said that going by the Minister's reply, KTMB has suffered losses for five consecutive years with an average annual loss of more than RM110 million or about RM300,000 daily.
"KTMB needs to find a quick solution to avoid continued losses.The fare structure too needs to reviewed and if possible, be reduced, to attract more passengers," said Hee.
At the same time, a fixed schedule needs to be emphasised in the efforts to attract more passengers," he said. - Bernama
Posted: 17/12/2008 10:56 am Post subject: ทางคู่จากอิโปห์ไปบัตเตอร์เวิรธ์ล่าช้าเพราะชาวสลัมบุกรุก
Double-tracking project delayed
By LEE KIAN SEONG
[Graphic: The Star]
The Star - Wednesday December 17, 2008
Land acquisition problems may hold up completion by one year
SHAH ALAM: Gamuda Bhd expects the completion of its electrified double tracking project (EDTP) to be delayed by one year due to a delay in land acquisition.
MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, a joint venture between Gamuda and MMC Corp Bhd, was awarded the RM12.5bil railway contract linking Ipoh to Padang Besar by the Government in December last year.
Gamuda group managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling said the completion of the EDTP would probably be delayed by at least a year from the initial plan of five years due to the delay in acquiring land in Penang.
There are substantial delays in Penang, partly because of the huge number of squatters between the railway and the rights of reserve, he said after the companys AGM yesterday.
He said the land acquisition exercises in Perlis, Kedah and Perak were going well, adding that the company had begun construction works for the EDTP in January this year.
The progress is satisfactory; the only concern is the land acquisition in Penang, he said.
Lin said the land should have been handed by the Government within nine months of the start of the contract, as stated in the agreement.
Our latest view is that it will take at least another year for the land to be handed over, he said, adding that the company would need a longer time to complete the project if there was further delay in land acquisition.
On the new date for completion, he said the company would discuss with the Government after getting a clearer picture on when the land issue would be settled.
He said the Government, following an evaluation, informed Gamuda via a letter two months ago that it would not downsize.
Lin said the Government had also decided that part of the project funding would be on a deferred payment basis.
It means that the Government will have parties like the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Bank Pembangunan financing the project on the back of the Governments undertaking to pay them later, he said.
On the fluctuations in construction material costs, he said it was hard to predict the price escalation for a six-year project.
Our input cost will moderate given the weak demand outlook in commodities like copper, steel and ore, he said.
You cannot post new topics in this forum You cannot reply to topics in this forum You cannot edit your posts in this forum You cannot delete your posts in this forum You cannot vote in polls in this forum