KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) parliamentary candidate for Lembah Pantai Fahmi Fadzil has asked RapidKL to increase the number of feeder buses throughout this week to help Light Rail Transit (LRT) users to get to work following suspension of the service involving 16 stations from Kelana Jaya to Ampang.
Fahmi, who is also PKR information chief, said the 69 buses currently provided by Rapid KL are insufficient.
"They need to add more feeder buses. This is because the number of LRT users is high, reaching 300,000 - 400,000 passengers per day.
"They need to add twice as many. At the same time, we hope the interim Minister of Transport can work on an additional solution to this issue," he said when met after meeting residents at the Pantai Permai People's Housing Project (PPR), Pantai Dalam here, today.
In a statement, Rapid KL said it is suspending services on the Kelana Jaya Line beginning today until November 15 due to a malfunction detected in the automatic train control (ATC) system.
Fahmi said PH will come up with some solutions to help those in Lembah Pantai to commute to work including seeking the cooperation of "rider" groups and e-hailing drivers.
"I myself (this morning) was stuck in traffic for almost half an hour to go to Lembah Pantai to offer my condolences to a bereaved family .
"But this morning's traffic jam was extraordinary as it also affected Sungai Besi and the Federal Highway. I expect there will be an increase in the number of vehicles as the LRT users will be driving until November 15," he said.
In the meantime, Fahmi said PH campaigns are not affected by the rainy weather.
"So far, there is no need for us to postpone our talks or campaign activities because of the weather.
"But I expect that this traffic problem will have an impact, especially at locations by floods. while we have made preparations, this natural disaster is beyond our control," he added.