KUALA LUMPUR: Light rail transit (LRT) and monorail commuters can now look forward to safer and more comfortable walks between stations and public buildings.
Under the Economic Stimulus Package 2009, the government allocated RM32.4 million to Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) to build elevated pedestrian bridges and covered walkways at six LRT and monorail stations.
The covered walkways are from the Pasar Seni LRT station to the Central Market building, Bandaraya LRT station to City Hall building and Hang Tuah monorail/LRT station to Masjid Al-Bukhary.
The elevated pedestrian bridges are from the Pasar Seni LRT station to Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) station, Sultan Ismail LRT station to Medan Tunku monorail station and the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), which is the biggest project among the six.
The PWTC elevated pedestrian bridges consists of two phases -- the first leads to Jalan Tun Ismail and the second to PWTC.
Phase 1 will be open to the public next week. Some of the projects were completed in December 2010. Phase 2 of the PWTC bridge is targeted to be completed in August and the Sultan Ismail station bridge by January 2013.
"We have included designs appropriate to the surroundings like Islamic motifs for the walkway to Masjid Al-Bukhary and more greenery for the walkway to the City Hall building for its 'go green' initiatives," said Prasarana infrastructure services group director Amiruddin Ma'aris.
He said the public would feel safer using the walkways and bridges, as they would have lighting.
To further ease commuters especially the disabled, Prasarana has included escalators and elevators at the stations. There will also be tactile walkways for the visually impaired.
Prasarana will hand over the walkways and bridges to City Hall which will be responsible for their maintenance.