Work on the KL Mass Rapid Transit system is underway, and Phase 1a of the project is expected to be completed in 2016. With 35 stops and four interchanges linked to existing rail services (the KTM Komuter lines at Sg Buloh and Kajang and for KL, the Putra KJ line at Pasar Seni and Star Ampang line at Maluri), there’s going to be plenty of construction over the next four years.

The areas surrounding the various MRT construction stretches are likely to see congestion, and as such, a series of alternative routes have been identified by Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) and its project delivery partner MMC Gamuda KVMRT to minimise potential traffic inconvenience to road users during the project’s construction.

Thus far, a total of thirteen alternative routes in eight areas have been identified along the 51 km Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) MRT alignment.

“Seven out of the eight elevated packages have been awarded, and construction works are in full force. The MRT alignment is now active with construction activities. Traffic congestion will be inevitable at several locations along the alignment in the upcoming few months,” explained MRT Corp’s director of strategic communications and public relations, Amir Mahmood Razak.

“Our job is to ensure these potential disruptions will be minimised, by identifying alternative routes for motorists so that they can avoid MRT work areas and get to their destination easily. The routes are meant to lead people away from our construction areas, not meant to be a shorter way for motorists. What we want to do is offer motorists an alternative. It is also our duty to keep the public informed about the best routes to use when they’re travelling, especially during the morning and evening peak hours,” he added.

You can view the identified alternative routes at www.mymrt.com.my or at the MRT information centres located at Kota Damansara, TTDI, KL Sentral, Kajang and Bandar Tun Hussein Onn. There’s also the MRT hotline at 1-800-82 6868.