Public transport ridership increase in Malaysia; daily average at 1.1m, highest since pandemic – Prasarana

Public transport ridership increase in Malaysia; daily average at 1.1m, highest since pandemic – Prasarana

Prasarana has reported a consistent increase in public transport ridership, which now averages at nearly 1.1 million people a day, as of November 30.

Of the total, Rapid Rail – which operates the MRT, LRT and Monorail in the Klang Valley – recorded average daily ridership of 835,119, while Rapid Bus recorded 258,710. The highest daily ridership record was set on November 22, when 1,200,433 people took public transport.

Prasarana says that these figures are its highest since the Covid-19 pandemic – in early 2020, the average figure was around 1.2 million people daily. The company says that its constant initiatives to improve the overall user experience – including the availability of services and the standard of facilities – have contributed to the increased ridership.

Rapid Rail is in a constant process to improve its services to ensure smooth rides without disruptions on all its routes. Since September, the company has been operating four new trains on the LRT Kelana Jaya Line under the KLAV27 (Kuala Lumpur Additional Vehicle) project. Another 15 trains will be received in stages through December 2024. Currently, the LRT Kelana Jaya Line has 48 trains with an average frequency of three minutes.

Public transport ridership increase in Malaysia; daily average at 1.1m, highest since pandemic – Prasarana

Average ridership on the MRT Putrajaya Line, which was launched in March this year, was 127,872 in November, up from 122,720 in October. The MRT Kajang Line recorded 225,705 in November, up from 219,576 in the previous month. Average ridership is expected to increase from January 2024 when the number of trains rise to 36 units, with a frequency of four minutes.

On the bus side, Rapid Bus will increase the number of buses to cope with rising demand, and to streamline bus operations to make it more efficient. It’s expected that 1,000 buses will operate daily by the end of the year, up from 762 at the start of 2023. This year, bus lanes in the city centre in cooperation with DBKL have been rolled out, and ridership in the Jalan Ampang corridor have increased by 15% thanks to the smoother journey.

As for public facilities including lifts and escalators at train stations, currently, 99% are functioning normally. However, the improvement of facilities is a constant process based on the condition-based maintenance idea. Prasarana says that it’s committed to improve its rail and bus services to spur public transport usage, in line with the target of 40% public transport usage in 2030.

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Comments

  • LRT User on Dec 04, 2023 at 10:41 am

    Tenkiu Ahjibkor for vastly improving the public transportation system and rolling out expansive rail networks MRT1 & 2 & 3 and LRT3 and ECRL and KVDT. May you return back soon to continue your good work.

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  • More detail info needed on Dec 04, 2023 at 10:42 am

    Should provide detail % on local, foreign workers, tourist. Then we can know whether it benefits the rakyat. As I understand, the fares r still low to support rakyat, but if most foreigner benefitted, then plz charge non local higher price. Use the gain revenue for the employees welfare & maintenance. Also plz do some CSR by employ OKU & senior citizen who willing to contribute to society. Thks.

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    • There should be a flat fare for all. No foreigner discrimination like at kl towers or elsewhere.

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  • Lanhb on Dec 04, 2023 at 11:02 am

    Malaysia as in, Klang Valley

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    • Lets See on Dec 04, 2023 at 6:08 pm

      Bcoz the rest of Msia rejected HSR and almost rejected ECRL.

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      • Nonsense on Dec 04, 2023 at 8:48 pm

        HSR and ECRL isn’t a short distance commuter. Useless for daily transport. A commuter with routes separated from public-use road should be easier to follow than city bus schedules. Also, this report is skewed by coldplay concert.

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  • Ben Yap on Dec 04, 2023 at 11:06 am

    fuh! the lady is on every picture… hahahaha…

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  • Peppa on Dec 04, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Lembah Kelang needs a vast improvement on public transportation. The LRT3 is long overdue to complete.

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  • Pakngah dulu Pas on Dec 04, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    Terbaik kerajaan madani. Rakyat makin sejahtera

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    • Lets See on Dec 04, 2023 at 6:09 pm

      Kjaan Madanon did not do anything. All these public transport improvements came from Kjaan One Malaysia.

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      • This govt reviewed all the budget and spending for these projects and cut unnecessary spending, thus reducing the overall cost the MRT2 project.

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  • alldisc on Dec 04, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    Look at the traffic congestion on klang valley and its getting ugly and uglier every month.

    From shah alam/glenmarie federal highway to Seputeh at 6.30am will take you roughly 20 minutes.

    Leave at hour later and you will be lucky to reach there in 90 minutes. 2 hours if it rains.

    This is main reason ppl take public transport. They couldnt take it anymore – the stress.

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  • Zicho on Dec 04, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    I wonder what happened in November 22 hmm? Ofcos it’s coldplay concert!!

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  • nazir on Dec 04, 2023 at 6:47 pm

    Kudos to the increment in ridership as public transport is one of the ways to reduce carbon emissions. However, to further attract commuters, local authorities should add more bike lanes and pedestrian friendly walkways around train stations, bus stops and bus shelters. Having multiple modes of transport is important to increase one disposable income as they aren’t forced to pay car ownership expenses (loan, fuel, service, insurance, tax etc.) but also promote a healthy lifestyle.

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  • If those 1 million have monthly pass, that means only RM50 mil goes to prasarana every month. Not even enough to cover management fees.

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    • according to this report, the gov subsidized on average rm150 for every My50 monthly pass. https://theedgemalaysia.com/node/653444

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