LRT Kelana Jaya Line

It appears Prasarana Malaysia has big plans for LRT stations in the Klang Valley, according to a report by The Star – the public transport operator is looking add more shops and facilities such as banks, restaurants and even government services at all stations by 2020, in order to attract more riders to use the trains.

“We are re-engineering ourselves to meet the demand of users. We’re going for all the stations by 2020,” said Prasarana group chief executive Datuk Azmi Abdul Aziz, citing the Tokyo Central Railway Station – which has shops and restaurants even past the ticket barriers – as an example of such a model. “In Tokyo, you have people converging there not for the train but for the services.”

Prasarana will be “aggressively” pursuing this strategy starting next year, he added, and it will be implementing services and shops both inside the ticket area as well as outside of it. In fact, The Star notes that it may already be taking place in some locations, such as the Bukit Bintang Monorail station – it now sports AirAsia branding and even houses one of the budget carrier’s sales centres.

“A UTC (Urban Transformation Centre) is also possible,” he said, referring to the government service centre that provides immigration, tax returns and national registration services, public amenities and services of private sectors, among others.

Azmi admitted that many stations, such as Abdullah Hukum, had a lot of spaces that were empty and not in use, and said that he hoped that by giving the public more facilities, it would eventually encourage more people to take the train, and see the stations as more than just transit points.