Land Public Transport Commission proposes that the Monorail service extends to Taman Gembira
A PROPOSAL has been made to extend the KL Monorail services from its Tun Sambanthan station to Taman Gembira in Jalan Klang Lama.
It was among the proposals in the Urban Rail Development plan, which is included in the Land Public Transport Master Plan, prepared by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).
According to the plan, the KL Monorail extension is to provide improved accessibility to Bangsar, Mid Valley and Taman Gembira and relieve the congestion approaching KL Sentral from the south.
There are also plans for a light-rail transit 3 (LRT3) linking Klang and Shah Alam and to the Kelana Jaya line.
This would allow city commuting to be transferred from Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) to the LRT and enable the former to focus on long distance services in the suburbs.
The existing LRT lines are Kelana Jaya (to Gombak station) and Ampang (from Ampang and Sri Petaling stations to Sentul Timur).
The existing KL Monorail service is from KL Sentral to Titiwangsa and it covers 11 stations.
The Sungai Buloh-Kajang MY Rapid Transit (MRT) project, which has been approved, will cover a 51km route with 31 stations.
There are also plans to introduce the MRT2 Circle Line, which would link Mid Valley, Mont' Kiara, Sentul Timur and Ampang as well as upcoming areas near the Matrade building in Jalan Duta.
According to the Urban Rail Development plan, the Circle Line will be developed in two phases, the first being the Western and Southern sections linking Ampang with Mid Valley, Matrade and Sentul; and the second phase would link Ampang with Sentul Timur.
"Subject to technical feasibility, an initial estimate suggests a length of 29km for phase 1 with 22 stations, and another 12km for the second phase with eight stations," states the plan.
There is also a proposal for a different MRT route known as the MRT 3 new North-South line.
It is aimed at linking areas like Sungai Buloh, Kepong and Selayang with the Eastern half of the city centre including Kampung Baru.
In total, the MRT 3 would cover a distance of 36km, served by 24 stations to be built 1.5km apart.
"Where the line operates in the city centre, it is proposed that this should be underground.
"Where the line crosses existing rail lines it is proposed that interchange stations are provided. This will encourage interchange between lines."
The guiding principles for the preparation of the plan by SPAD were to maximise potential usage of current asset and services; provide capacity expansion to cope with demands through line extensions; and constructing new lines to meet demands and future developments.
Its chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said the public was welcomed to give feedback on the plan, which also covers bus and taxi services, through its website www.spad.gov.my or customer feedback line at 1800 889 600.
The Land Public Transport Master Plan was released last month.