MRT Testing Semantan

The much-anticipated Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is just around the corner, with trial runs commencing in October. MRT Corp director of operations and assets management, Mahmood Razak, confirmed yesterday that the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line will start a three-month trial run from October 1. The official launch of operations will be on December 31.

“Phase one of the MRT SBK Line from Sungai Buloh to Semantan, will be almost complete by October, as all civil structural works for the elevated stations and guide ways are complete. Overall progress of the MRT SBK Line was at 86.52% as at end-June,” he told Bernama.

He added that the supporting facilities, including car parks and feeder buses will begin operations by then. MRT Corp is providing 14 parking facilities of multi-storey and open-air car parks for the 51 km MRT SBK Line. “There will be 8,000 parking bays available along the line, with 1,200 at the Sungai Buloh and Kajang stations respectively. The rest are at stations along the line,” Mahmood said.

Mahmood explained that Rapid Rail feeder buses will cover a three-km radius around stations with a 10-minute frequency, subject to traffic conditions. “People can either drive to the stations or be dropped off by public or private transport. For the first phase, 140 buses will be deployed to cover areas around Sungai Buloh to Semantan stations (both pictured above, left to right).

“For the entire line, a total of 300 buses will be available. Many aspects has been configured to cater for an integrated public transport,” he added.

We can’t wait. And nice ///M stripes on the trains, too!