Greater Kuala Lumpur's public transport

Government initiatives and stakeholders response

Abd Rahim Md Nor, Nor Ghani Md Nor, Mokhtar Jaafar

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Abstract

Since public transport plays a crucial role in metropolitan areas, it is important to learn more about how cities plan their public transport systems and to examine how people perceive public transport as a travel alternative, how they use it and how better and more frequent use can be achieved. Lack of knowledge among public transport users of what is being planned for them is a barrier to high levels of public transport use. This paper examines the latest development in the ways the city authorities in Greater Kuala Lumpur introduce innovative initiatives to enhance public transport system and how stakeholders responded to it. Greater Kuala Lumpur refers to the immediate areas beyond the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur boundaries, covering huge conurbation, extending from Kuala Lumpur to major population centers in the peripheries. This study found that The multimodal public transport system currently serving the cities in the conurbation is far from the desirable standard in term of availability, frequency, punctuality and rolling stock. Since 2009 the government has embarked on a series of measures to improve public transport services through fast-track planning and massive funding, aiming to increase public transport patronage in the conurbation from only 12% in 2008 to 25% in 2012 and finally 50% in 2020. While people who are carless, low income and dependent on public transport for mobility shows positive response to the plan, the same cannot be said about the car-dependent public. Without complementary measures to curb private car uses, the success of this government plans would be partial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)949-956
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences
Volume5
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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Keywords

  • Greater Kuala Lumpur
  • Mass Rapid Transit
  • Stakeholders
  • Track-based Public Transport

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