The planned fare increase for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and monorail is due to be announced soon, according to the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD). Its chairman, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, said the new fare structure will be out before the LRT Ampang Line extension is opened to the public on October 31, The Star reports.

He added that the fare increase will only apply for the two rail systems. “This is (for) the LRT and Monorail – those that are operated by Prasarana,” he told reporters. Syed Hamid didn’t allude to how much of a hike there would be, telling the press that doing do would be “pre-empting” the gazetting of the new fares.

Back in July, Prasarana had requested SPAD to allow it to increase fares for both the lines, which it operates, saying that prices had remained the same since 2002.

LRT rail pix Bernama

The news report adds that four stations on the Ampang Line extension of the LRT will be operational by October 31. Prasarana said that the stations, the first phase of the extension, was 99.4% complete, with final tests underway. The four stations are Awan Besar, Alam Sutera, Muhibbah and Kinrara BK5.

The rest of the line is expected to be completed next year, with another seven stations opened by March 31. Terminating at the Putra Heights station, the line will link with the Kelana Jaya extension project, which is on schedule for a June 30 completion. It was also mentioned that Ampang Line will also see new six-car train sets running on it, each capable of carrying up to 1,200 people at a go.

The company said that the four stations are expected to see another 40,000 riders using the Ampang Line daily – at present, some 195,000 people utilise the Ampang Line every day, and about 275,000 ride on the Kelana Jaya Line.