The government has pulled the plug on the KL-Klang Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, saying it is likely to overlap with coverage provided by the Light Rail Transit Line 3 (LRT3), theSundaily reports.

Minister in the prime minister’s department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the decision to cancel the BRT project earlier this month was made after a detailed study on the project and also other public infrastructure projects in the Greater Kuala Lumpur-Klang Valley (GKLKV).

“The BRT project will overlap with the proposed LRT3 project. The LRT will cover the Bandar Utama area up to Johan Setia in Klang through Glenmarie, Shah Alam and Bandar Klang,” she said at the Dewan Rakyat today.

“Other than costs, we also took into account population density, the service line, economic activities in the line area and the number of passengers per hour, per direction. I would like to stress that this does not mean that the BRT would not have a positive impact, but the study finds that the LRT3 will have a greater impact compared to the BRT,” she said.

The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) announced the cancellation of the tender for the BRT project last week. The KL-Klang BRT, which was set to operate buses at ground level (unlike the existing BRT Sunway Line) was planned to run along the Federal Highway, running in the middle on dedicated lanes. Planned to be operational in 2018, it was supposed to be 34 km long and would have had 25 stations along the route.