The full opening of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line has also opened up plenty of opportunities to go places without a car, and the fact that one can switch to and from the LRT without tapping makes it even more convenient. A single, integrated ticketing system is the way to go, and by 2019, all modes of public transportation will be covered, The Sun reports.

Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, minister in the prime minister’s department, which also oversees the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), said the single ticketing system is work in progress. The MRT, LRT and Monorail lines (all under RapidKL) have already adopted the system, which uses the Touch n Go platform.

“The complication now is we must make sure all transport providers are ready (for the system). Because at the moment, not all are. We would actually love to apply the system as early as possible. But we target it to be fully completed by 2019,” she told reporters yesterday.

Which means that by 2019, public transport riders would no longer need to use different payment methods for different services, including buses and the KTM Komuter rail service. In July, transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that he hoped that KTM Komuter will be integrated into the single payment system by the end of this year.

The daily’s report mentions that the cost to install such a system is understood to be substantial with the need for GPS and other technologies to be fixed onto vehicles, especially buses, in order to determine distance-based fare.