The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is expected to reduce up to 34,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions yearly, in a report by The Sun Daily. The service first started limited operations in December last year, and recently, the 51-km long Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line was fully opened to the public.

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, natural resources and environment minister, said the ministry is targeting to slash carbon dioxide emissions by 300,000 tonnes by 2030. This will allow the country to hit its target defined by the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

“The MRT operations, in addition to reducing air pollution especially in the city of Kuala Lumpur, is also beneficial from an economic point because the price is cheaper than using one’s own vehicle or a taxi. Indirectly, the quality of life in Kuala Lumpur is more safe and improved,” he said.

It has been suggested that the MRT service will help reduce the number of vehicles on the road, especially on roads from Sungai Buloh or Kajang heading towards Kuala Lumpur. In fact, MRT Corp projects 160,000 fewer vehicles entering KL daily based on the estimation of 400,000 MRT riders per day.