MRT: Proposed Cheras station is smack in the middle of road
I LIVE in Cheras and saw the alignment of the proposed Klang Valley MY Rapid Transit route at an exhibition in a mall.
I was shocked that the proposed Leisure Mall station will be situated in the middle of busy Jalan Cheras and there will be no car park for MRT commuters.
I wonder if MRT Corp has done feasibility studies on the viability of locating a station in the middle of a highway.
As it is, Jalan Cheras has a heavy load with traffic at a virtual standstill during morning and evening rush hours.
I shudder to think of the disruption to traffic arising from indiscriminate parking and picking and dropping of passengers at the MRT station.
Based on my experience with the LRT, I foresee that most cars will just stop at the side of the road for passengers to embark and disembark.
Also, the roads around Leisure Mall suffer from heavy traffic with residents as well as shoppers entering or leaving it.
I wonder how these tight neighbourhood roads can accommodate more traffic from commuters trying to access the MRT station in the future.
While I agree that Cheras needs proper public transportation and the MRT is a good idea, I feel more thought should be given to ensure that the stations are placed in optimal locations where there are car parks and where passenger embarkation and disembarkation will not cause disruption to traffic flow.
In addition to distributing maps on the alignment of the MRT, can the authorities and MRT Corp also provide copies of traffic feasibility studies to residents so that we can be assured that traffic dispersal measures have been considered and addressed?
Otherwise, I fear that the MRT could turn out to be an expensive white elephant. I understand that construction will start in June, but a project of such magnitude should not be rushed.