July 17 will be the day that the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line will be up and running in its entirety. That’s when Phase 2 of the project – which connects the operational Semantan station to Kajang – will be launched.

The specific date (17/7/17) being chosen for for its uniquenes, according to prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said that when the full line is up and running, the service is expected to benefit more than 500,000 passengers daily, The Star reports.

Najib added that the MRT and other similar public transport projects will help spur national productivity and growth. “It is a necessity to implement an efficient public transportation system that will connect cities to towns and rural areas,” he said.

Last year, Phase 1 of the project became operational on December 16, and the route currently travels across 12 stations on 21 km of elevated tracks. The stations are Sg Buloh, Kg Selamat, Kwasa Damansara, Kwasa Sentral, Kota Damansara, Surian, Mutiara Damansara, Bandar Utama, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Phileo Damansara, Pusat Bandar Damansara and Semantan.

Phase 2 will see 19 stations become operational, running from Muzium Negara and then on to Pasar Seni, Merdeka, Bukit Bintang, Tun Razak Exchange, Cochrane, Maluri, Taman Pertama, Taman Midah, Taman Mutiara, Taman Connaught, Taman Suntex, Sri Raya, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Batu 11 Cheras, Bukit Dukung, Sungai Jernih, Stadium Kajang before finally ending in Kajang station.

While the finalised station names were announced in November 2014, there have been a few stations that have been renamed, changed from the working titles given then. These are Batu 11 Cheras (formerly Bukit Dukung), Bukit Dukung (formerly Taman Koperasi Cuepacs), Sungai Jernih (formerly Sungai Kantan) and Stadium Kajang (formerly Bandar Kajang)

As announced last November, the fare for the MRT starts at a nominal fare of RM1 for a single stop, on a cashless structure, and RM1.10 on a cash basis, the rate being for a ride between the Pasar Seni and Merdeka stations.

The maximum fare, meanwhile, will be RM6.40 based on the cash fare structure, and RM5.50 based on the cashless fare structure, the rate covering the full 51 km distance across the 31 stations on the line.

GALLERY: MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line Phase 1, Sungai Buloh to Semantan