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Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, has proposed a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that is expected to run along the Federal Highway, The Star understands. Said move has been tabled with the main aim of helping to ease congestion woes along the highway and, when completed, will run from the former Istana Negara to Klang.

The system, reportedly approved by the Cabinet, will be similar to the recently-launched BRT Sunway Line in that it will employ all-electric buses. The key difference this time around is that, unlike the Sunway Line, the buses will run at ground level – the BRT Sunway Line runs on an elevated route. Liow stated that existing road dividers will be demolished to facilitate the construction of the new bus-only lanes.

“We invite the private sector to submit proposals for the project,” Liow told reporters following yesterday’s Cabinet meeting. He also added that the blueprint for said BRT project had already been drafted and that interested parties are encouraged to submit their respective proposals to the Public Private Partnership Unit.

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The only solution, as mentioned by Liow, to the ever-worsening traffic conditions along the Federal Highway is to increase the use of public transport among commuters. He added that the ministry’s KPI for 2015 was to increase the passenger count on public transportation in the morning to 530,000 – up from 2014’s 470,000.

On June 2, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak launched the BRT Sunway Line service. Said route is aimed at connecting the Setia Jaya KTM station to the upcoming USJ 7 Kelana Jaya LRT station, running across key landmarks such as the Mentari Business Park, Sunway Lagoon, Monash University Malaysia and the Sunway Medical Centre.