9 October 2015
Public transport company Prasarana Malaysia Bhd will announce new fares for all Prasarana-controlled light rail transit (LRT) and monorail networks before Oct 31.
Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Dr Syed Hamid Syed Jaafar Albar said the circular on the new train fares has been sent to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak for his endorsement.
“Once we obtained the approval, Prasarana will announce the new fares,” Syed Hamid said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
However, he declined to give details of the new fares except it will be “reasonable”.
“We do not want to be pre-emptive on this. What we can say is that the new fares will be reasonable and will not burden the public,” he said.
Early this year, Prasarana has proposed to SPAD for a fare hike to mitigate the rising cost of maintenance and operations of its light rail systems. The last time LRT fares were revised was in 2002.
Established in 1998 and operational since 2002, Prasarana is the owner and operator of two LRT networks and KL Monorail besides RapidKL, RapidPenang and RapidKuantan bus services.
Prasarana president and group CEO Datuk Azmi Abdul Aziz said the Phase 1 of Ampang Line LRT extension include four additional stations, namely Awan Besar, Muhibbah, Alam Sutera and Kinrara BK5.
“Phase 1 is 99.4% completed. We are conducting endurance test and trials to ensure a smooth and safe ride,” Azmi said.
To manage the increase in demands, he said a new six-car LRT train will ply the routes and it could accommodate up to 180,000 passengers daily.
Phase 2, which will see the addition of seven more stations on the Ampang Line project, is expected to be operational by March 2016. Twelve additional stations are being built along a 17.4km route on the Kelana Jaya Line and it is expected to be operational by June 2016.
“All our projects are on track. No delays are expected,” said Azmi.
Original Source: themalaysianreserve.com