The government is projecting that by 2030, about 80% of residents in the Klang Valley will be expected to live within 400 metres of public transport services, the New Straits Times reports. With that in mind, the government is rolling out a host of public transport initiatives to improve transportation in the country, deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

“As we gear up to realise an aggressive target of 40% public transport modal share for Greater Kuala Lumpur and an average of 15% for other capital cities by the year 2030, we also expect 80% of the Klang Valley population to live within 400 metres of the public transport service,” he said in a speech delivered at the 16th International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Asia-Pacific assembly being held in Kuala Lumpur.

He added that the government has begun implementing a host of public transport initiatives. These, he said, included improving the main rail line within the Klang Valley, down south and to the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia as well as the extension of monorail and LRT services’ capacity.

He said Rapid KL’s LRT Line Extension Project, which was expected to provide an additional 300,000 daily commuters, would be fully operational within the next few days. Earlier, he said that the government will ensure that all projects, including those in the public transportation sector, will be implemented as planned with minimal or no delays.