Yarra trams in Melbourne-02

Yarra Trams D2-Class Combino in Melbourne, Australia

In a bid to enhance the public transport system in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, the government plans to have a tram service in the said vicinities in three years’ time, The Sun Daily reports. The planned service is to keep up with the increasing population in both areas.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Tengku Mansor explained that the tram service will be an alternative to tackle traffic congestion in the areas, which is currently seeing a fast-growing populace. It’s also a solution to the 18-km Putrajaya monorail system, which was abandoned in 2004 due to inadequate funding.

“I had a discussion with the National Economic Council recently where we see the tram as a solution to the abandoned monorail project. The tram is also cheaper,” the minister said. Meanwhile, he expects that the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) will soon be requesting for proposals from companies that are interested in bidding for the construction of the tram system.

Apart from the upcoming tram service, a new electric bus service will commence operations in Putrajaya by September 2016. A total of 10 electric buses worth RM30 million has been sponsored by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) as announced late last year.

The Scania electric buses will be operated by Nadi Putra, with a fare priced at 0.50 sen per ride, and will have the ability to transport a maximum of 60 passengers. Tengku Adnan previously said that the pilot project is in line with the aspiration to turn Malaysia into a “Green City.”