MRT Corp invites city stakeholders to drive rail transformation

MRT Corp invites city stakeholders to drive rail transformation
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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 24): There is a need for city stakeholders such as town planners, local authorities and even property developers to adopt a more forward-thinking approach to support Greater Kuala Lumpur’s transportation infrastructure, said Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp).

In the City Expo Malaysia (CEM) Star Talk series today, MRT Corp chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Zarif Mohd Hashim said rail transit should act as a backhaul for public transportation, providing integrated links for multimodal transport options.

"There is a strategy to transform public transportation and it relies on the liberalisation of information and engagement with stakeholders to build a digital ecosystem around transportation.

"This could be in the form of apps and artificial intelligence engines to make transportation more efficient, cheaper and better," he said in a statement in conjunction with the CEM Star Talk series.

Besides, he said funding for public transport infrastructure should not be solely the government’s responsibility.

"There needs to be a symbiotic relationship with city stakeholders especially those who have benefited from value capture from public transportation infrastructure.

"MRT Corp has thus developed a hybrid approach to help achieve this," he said.

Zarif added that by taking a people-first approach, focus should also be given to public convenience as first and last mile connectivity is important and should integrate or feed into metro rail lines.

This includes looking at improvements to walkability, bus networks, access to car-sharing, ride-hailing, and even private mobility vehicles (PMVs), he said.

The CEM Star Talk, which acts as a lead-up to the City Expo Malaysia 2021 on Nov 8, is a series of conversations with city leaders and key stakeholders to share ideas and solutions on pressing issues affecting cities.

MRT Corp would be sharing information on the MRT Line 3 at the virtual expo which focuses on city planning and development.

The rail line would complete the transport masterplan for the Klang Valley, connecting the eight different radial lines, delivering passengers in a more efficient manner.

The MRT Line 3 is a proposed circle rail transit line that includes a subway line in the Klang Valley area.

Once completed, this 52.31-kilometre rail line with 33 stations would connect to the other rail networks, providing an almost seamless opportunity for intra and intercity travel.

The expo, which is a joint effort between the Malaysian Institute of Planners and Nextdor Property Communications Sdn Bhd, is open to the public and visitors can register at www.cityexpomalaysia.com.