PUTRAJAYA — September 15, 2016: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today the government is taking decisive action to catch up on what was not done or focused on in modernising and transforming Malaysia’s public transportation system.
Najib pledged to give full attention to developing a modern, efficient, realiable and safe transportation system for those in the Klang Valley and beyond.
“The choking effect of traffic congestion will make the city less ideal to live in and this, in turn, will be less effective to visitors and investors. Other cities in this region are putting efforts to make themselves world class; we cannot afford to lose out,” he said at the Mass Rapid Transit Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line (SSP) ground-breaking ceremony here.
“We are taking decisive action to catch up on what was not done previously and remedy the shortcomings of our public transport ecosystem,” he said.
The 52.2-kilometre SSP line which has 37 stations will shorten to 30 minutes the travel time from here to Kuala Lumpur.
SSP will interchanges with existing rail services like the KTM Komuter, LRT, monorail and Express Rail Link and will be integrated with the KL-Singapore high speed rail.
“Thus, we will be able to soon provide the facility where we can go to KL in just 30 minutes and to Singapore in only 90 minutes.
“This is the shape of things to come in a modern and future Malaysia, and we will ensure that all such projects are completed on schedule and within budget,” he said.
Najib also spoke on the importance of the reliability factor in public transportation to keep the level of customer satisfaction at the highest possible.
He further congratulated everyone involved in the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line for being able to deliver the project on time and within the budget.
An MRT Corp statement said phase one of the SSP Line to Kampung Batu is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2021, while the entire line is expected to be fully operational by the second quarter of 2022.
The line will end here after passing Kepong, Batu, Jalan Ipoh, Titiwangsa, KLCC, Tun Razak Exchange, Bandar Malaysia, Sungai Besi, Serdang, UPM and Cyberjaya. — Bernama