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Construction of the Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3) project is set to commence in the first quarter of next year for a targeted August 31, 2020 completion date. The line will connect Bandar Utama, Damansara and Johan Setia, Klang by 2025, Bernama reports.

According to Prasarana group MD Azmi Abdul Aziz, the 36 km route alignment is expected to be finalised by the fourth quarter this year.

Ahead of that, public inspections of the proposed route alignment are set to be held at Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and Klang city councils; Kelana Jaya, Masjid Jamek and Pasar Seni LRT stations; and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) office from May 15 (this Friday) to August 14, The Sun reports.

The public will be able to offer suggestions and comments on the route alignment at these locations during the three-month period.

Azmi revealed some details to The Sun – 25 stations are planned, with proposed sub-two kilometre distances between them. 10 of them are expected to have park-and-ride facilities. Also planned are interchanges with Bandar Utama MRT station, Pelabuhan Klang KTM station and a proposed SIRIM Shah Alam BRT station.

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LRT3 is expected to serve around two million people in the Klang Valley, transporting around 70,000 passengers daily with an end-to-end journey time of 51 minutes.

“As for land acquisition, we have identified the corridor but not the alignment (as) we have to comply with the Land Acquisition Act requirement,” the Prasarana MD told The Star, adding that construction alone will cost RM9 billion, but sufficient allocation has been set aside for land acquisition.

“We will try to minimise land acquisition as we are proposing just a two-kilometre underground track with one underground station in Shah Alam and the rail tracks would mostly be on elevated structure utilising the existing state and road reserve land,” he told The Sun.

So far, seven companies have collected Project Delivery Partner (PDP) application forms, Azmi told The Star. The forms must be submitted in the first week of June, and Prasarana aims to award the project by July. As PDP, the qualified company will receive a 6% fee of LRT3’s total contract value.

“Should the total cost of the project be less than or equal to the targeted cost, the PDP would be entitled to the full fee. However, if the project cost is more than the targeted cost, the fee would be cut in accordance with the agreed formula,” he explained.