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The Budget 2016 is being presented by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak now, and the PM, who is also the Finance Minister, has briefly touched on public transport. Rail lines currently in the works are the MRT and LRT extension lines.

Timelines were mentioned. The Ampang Line LRT extension, which is 18.1 km long, will be ready by March 2016. As for the Kelana Jaya Line LRT extension, which is 17.4 km long and runs till Putra Heights, it will be operational by mid-2016. Both these projects cost a combined RM10 billion.

As for the MRT, Malaysia’s biggest and costliest public infrastructure project, the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line is currently being constructed, and a part of that – Sungai Buloh to Semantan (near Pusat Bandar Damansara and Bangsar) will be operational by December 2016.

Phase 2 of the MRT SBK Line, from Semantan to Kajang, is set to be operational by mid-2017. This 51 km Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line costs RM23 billion.

LRT rail pix Bernama

With the above well underway, the next phase will include the MRT 2 project, which will span 52 km from Sungai Buloh to Serdang. The government says that MRT 2 will benefit two million people and will incur a cost of RM28 billion. Construction will start in the second quarter of 2016 and is expected to finish in 2022.

There will also be an LRT 3 line from Bandar Utama in Damansara to Johan Setia in Klang. This 36 km line is set to benefit another two million Klang Valley residents at a cost of RM10 billion. Work will start next year and will go on till 2020.

As for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which made its debut early this year in the Sunway/Subang neighbourhood, there will be a line from KL to Klang. RM1.5 billion has been allocated for this. Good news for folks in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah – you can look forward to a BRT line worth RM1 billion.

Lastly, the government will continue to negotiate and discuss with Singapore for the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project.