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The extension of the LRT network is among several key projects to transform and improve public transportation that is expected to be completed later this year, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said, reported by The Star.

“These will help provide efficient, comfortable, reliable and safe public transportation by 2020, especially for the estimated 10 million urbanites living in Greater Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley,” he said in the National Transformation Prog­ramme (NTP) Annual Re­­port 2015.

“The completion of the Perfor­mance Mo­­ni­­toring Hub System and Centralised Taxi Sup­port System later this year will serve as a plat­form to monitor all stage buses and taxis in Greater Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley.

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“Also in the pipeline are the MRT Sungai Buloh-Semantan network and KL Monorail capacity expansion projects by 2017, and the Integrated Cashless System to integrate ticketing systems by 2018,” he shared, while also mentioning the Pan Borneo Highway as a catalyst and a game changer for the economic growth in Sabah and Sarawak.

Just a recap and nothing new with regards to the Light Rail Transit extension project. It involves the two existing lines – Ampang Line and Kelana Jaya Line.

The Ampang Line extension, which is 18.1 km long with 11 new stations, starts from Sri Petaling station and passes through Kinrara, Puchong, and ends at Putra Heights. The latest four stations to open were IOI Puchong Jaya, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Taman Perindustrian Puchong and Bandar Puteri on March 31; leaving only the Puchong Perdana, Puchong Prima, and Putra Heights stations as work-in-progress.

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The Kelana Jaya Line extension, 17.4 km long with 13 new stations, will connect the current Kelana Jaya station to Putra Heights, where it will link up with the extended Ampang Line. The new KJ line will start operations on June 30 this year, Prasarana has announced. New Bombardier Innovia Metro 300 trainsets are already in town, and will serve the extended line when it goes live.

Earlier today, we read that public satisfaction over public transport services is on the uptrend, as indicated by the rise in the yearly Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS) index from 48% in 2010 to 74% in 2015. It’s bound to get better, with all of the above coming on stream.