Public transport operators have been asked to have a more commuter-focused view and take into account demographic changes when setting out future transport projects, The Sun reports. The call was made by prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak at the launch of the Land Public Transport Commission’s (SPAD) five-year report exhibition and symposium at KLCC yesterday.

“In envisioning Malaysia as a modernised nation, with liveability status equivalent to that of other developed countries, we need to shift tracks,” he said.

“For example, examining the trend of burgeoning private vehicles heading into the heart of Kuala Lumpur city every day and rising urban migration patterns, population growth shows us that we are only a few years away from witnessing one huge gridlocked ‘carpark’. That is not a future we want for this country,” he added.

He said that SPAD should also take the same approach when mapping out future urban public transport plans, even if great strides had been made. Najib said since SPAD’s establishment in 2010, its annual surveys had revealed that customer satisfaction towards land public transport in the country had risen from 48% in 2010 to 74% in 2015.

“The study showed that consumers are most satisfied with rail services, such as LRT, KTM and ERL. This is one of the key reasons why rail has been identified as the backbone for urban public transport,” he said in his speech.

He added that despite challenging economic times, development projects under the 11th Malaysia Plan remain unaffected, and that key infrastructure projects like the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and the High-Speed Rail (HSR) link to Singapore – expected to be completed by 2026 – will still proceed.