Pinpoint location of LRT stations

SELANGOR MCA Youth Chief Dr Kow Cheong Wei has urged Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd to show the exact location of stations to the people.

Commenting on the LRT extension plans that were made public recently, Kow said the route did not pinpoint the locations and gave a general indication only.

“Prasarana should put up notices at the respective sites so that the residents have a clear idea of the locations of the stations before making comments or suggestions,” he said.

This, according to Kow, would also prevent confusion and disagreement in the future which might cause delay in the completion of the project.

He added that Prasarana should explain the rational of choosing, or not choosing, certain locations to house a station.

Citing Bandar Puteri Puchong as an example, he said a station in this populated area was needed but the nearest station proposed to be built is at the Rakan Muda Sports Complex instead, which is located at the other side of the Damansara-Puchong Expressway.

He said the population around the stations should also be taken into account.

“In town planning, we usually talk about the development in the next five to 50 years. When Prasarana drew up this extension plan, which year were they referring to?” Kow asked.

Touching on the design of the station, Kow said the lay-by for bus and taxi pick-ups must be well planned to avoid traffic congestion.

He also questioned if the carpark at the park-and-ride stations would be operated by private companies or Prasarana.

“The parking fee should not be too expensive as it might turn commuters away,” he said.

He said the secondary transport system — the bus service provided by RapidKL to support the LRT system — should be planned from now.

“We have to think of Puchong as a hub and how to disperse traffic out of Puchong effectively.

“Bandar Sunway, Seri Kembangan and Klang, for example, cannot be reached through LRT and RapidKL can study the possibilities of linking Puchong to these places,” he said.

Kow, a former Kinrara assemblyman, said he first brought up the LRT suggestion in his Traffic Dispersal System in 2002 and was glad that the plan was going to materialise soon.

“I submitted my suggestions to Prasarana and about 80% of the station locations are the same as that laid out in the plan now,” he said.

From:thestar “Pinpoint location of LRT stations, says youth chief”

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