Despite a widely publicised complaint published online regarding LRT fares, multi-modal public transport operator Prasarana Malaysia maintains that LRT fares are relatively low, with various ticket options available. The fare amounted to RM8.20, rather than RM9 as stated by “Upset LRT User” who wrote in to The Star, according to the company’s head of group communications and strategic marketing Lim Jin Aun.

Writing in the Malay Mail in reply, he said that while the reader did not specify which stations were used, he assumed that the trip – which was cashless, using a stored value card – stretched between the IOI-Puchong Jaya LRT station, the furthest LRT station in Puchong on the Sri Petaling Line, and the Sunway-Setia Jaya BRT station, the furthest station on the BRT Sunway line.

The cashless ticketing option as chosen by the reader also may not be the cheapest travel option, as there are MyRapid Smart 30 and MyRapid Smart 7 ticket products for frequent and moderately frequent rail commuters on offer, and which offer further discounts to the cashless ticketing option, Lim said.

Lim did clarify, however, that MyRapid Smart 30 and MyRapid Smart 7 ticket products come with a nominal activation fee of RM10 and RM2.50 respectively, upon the ticket’s expiry after a 30-day or seven-day period.

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In contrast, there has been positive feedback from another LRT user, who has found the LRT to be a cheaper commuting option between their home in USJ, Subang Jaya and their workplace in Kuala Lumpur.

“Regular LRT User” wrote in to The Star saying that the RM7.20 return trip fare makes it cheaper than parking in the city centre. The reader also said that while the charges on the BRT are absurd, it is justifiable due to the high investment versus the low volume crowd serviced, and that no public transport network is able to cater to every user’s need.

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