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The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is optimistic that the target of 40% modal share of public transport by 2030 is achievable, Bernama reports.

According to SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, rail ridership – KTM Komuter, LRT, Monorail and ERL included – has increased significantly, which could help a 25% model share be achieved by year-end.

“It looks like we are moving on the right track to achieve the 40% modal share (in 2030) as targeted. Our rail-based ridership has increased tremendously and efforts by Prasarana are ongoing to ensure integration and to run an efficient public transportation system in this country,” he told the national news agency.

The 40% target was set under October 2013’s National Land Public Transport Master Plan, and according to Syed Hamid, everything seems to be working in accordance with the plan. The modal share of public transport in urban areas rose to 20.8% in 2013 from 19.6% the year before.

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“We have done the master plan for the whole country but we need to do the sectorial master plan, on which we are now working with state governments,” said the SPAD chairman. “Any adjustment will not mean a revocation, it’s just a mere addition to the plan.”

“Our youngsters now prefer to travel on public transport, so if it is efficient and affordable, it would be their mode of choice,” he added.

“Now people are more disciplined, they no longer rush, but know how to queue, and the stations are clean.

“Once we introduce an integrated ticketing system, it would become more efficient, and we target seamless travel in two to three years’ time,” Syed Hamid said, noting that the MRT1 will be commissioned by 2017.