It is confident of opening the Semantan-Kajang stretch by July.
KUALA LUMPUR: A local college student became the millionth passenger of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) today.
It reached the landmark number in just 27 days after its first stretch of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK), up to the Semantan station, commenced operation.
Prasarana Malaysia Berhad and MRT Corp, in a joint statement, said the student, Ng Zhi Wei, was presented with an iPad and other goodies, including a special edition Touch ‘n Go card.
As Ng entered the fare gates at the Sungai Buloh MRT station, she was greeted by Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Zohari Sulaiman and MRT commercial and land management director Haris Fadzilah Hassan.
The SBK Line was launched by Prime Minister Najib Razak on Dec 15 last year, with a month-free ride promotion on the train and feeder bus services.
Users of both services will start paying fares from Jan 17.
In a statement, Zohari said Rapid Rail would continue to further improve the standard of MRT services in line with the aspirations of its umbrella body, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, to provide world-class public transport services.
“This is a historical day for MRT. Securing a million passengers in less than a month reflects the overwhelming response from members of the public,” he said.
Meanwhile, Haris was confident that phase two of the MRT, between Semantan and Kajang, would be able to open its route as expected in July.
“The final construction work for phase two, which involves the underground and the southern elevated sections are moving ahead at full speed.
“Currently, the progress is at 95%,” he said in the statement.