PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran today panned the government’s decision to scrap the Kuala Lumpur-Klang Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, asking if this was done in favour of a mega construction project to benefit certain quarters.
He said the government’s justification that the BRT system would overlap the proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT) 3 project was a weak one.
He also said the BRT project would have benefitted the people on many fronts.
While a BRT system was capable of moving approximately the same number of passengers per direction per hour as the Ampang and Kelana Jaya LRT lines, he said, the cost would be only a fraction.
“The BRT would have cost approximately RM1 billion-RM2 billion, which is a fraction of the LRT3 project (RM9 billion for only half the length of the BRT),” he said in a statement.
The planned BRT would also have reduced travel time to more areas as it was intended to run along the fast lane of the Federal Highway from Central Market to Klang, he said.
Passengers on this route travelled not only to Kuala Lumpur, but also to Subang Jaya, Sunway and Petaling Jaya.
The LRT3, meanwhile, was only parallel to the Federal Highway from the middle of Shah Alam towards Klang, he said.
Rajiv said there were 10 options considered for the LRT3 alignment presented to elected representatives during the public consultation process.
“I pointed out back then that the LRT3 would be parallel to the planned BRT, and that one of the other alternative corridors should be picked, to enable a larger percentage of the Klang Valley to have access to the transport line.
“With the LRT3 coming towards the Federal Highway, the northern Shah Alam and Klang areas are now deprived of any rail or BRT link.”
Rajiv added that the traffic volumes from Shah Alam to Kuala Lumpur were extremely high, as shown by the traffic jams on the Federal Highway even during off-peak hours.
“A dedicated bus lane on the Federal Highway for the BRT would have had a great physiological effect on drivers stuck in traffic, as they see the buses whiz by every minute.
“This could be a great motivator for car drivers to make the switch.”