SJ folk say yes to LRT
By OH ING YEEN Tuesday July 28, 2009
WHILE Subang Jaya residents welcome the proposal for the LRT extension to their township, they unanimously agreed that it should not be built through residential areas.
More than 200 residents and students studying in Subang Jaya attended the meeting at the 3K complex multipurpose hall to air their views on the proposed LRT service on Saturday.
A resident, who introduced himself as Chong, said: “While we welcome the LRT, make sure it won’t fly over my house,” as the residents applauded upon hearing his opinion.
The meeting was initiated by Kelana Jaya MCA and co-organised by the Subang Jaya Residents Association (RA), USJ RA, Bandar Sunway RA, Subang Jaya Senior Citizens Club, Subang Jaya Consumers Association, Subang Jaya Coffee, Bar and Restaurant Association, and the Song Ling Choir Association. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and Kelana Jaya MCA chairman Ong Chong Swen attended the meeting.
Prasarana group managing director Datuk Idrose Mohamed gave a presentation on the proposed route and answered questions from the residents.
The proposed 17km route will continue from the Kelana Jaya line and run through the Subang Jaya KTM station, Kesas Highway, Jalan Jengka, Persiaran Kewajipan, Summit USJ, Taipan USJ, up to Putra Heights.
However, the press were not allowed to obtain copies of the proposed route nor take photos of it as it was not the finalised version.
“The basis of the route is high travel demand and minimal social impact. We try to minimise land acquisition,” said Idrose.
“The railway scheme centre route plan and details of land acquisition will be on public display for three months to provide an opportunity for feedback and any comments will be taken into consideration,” he said.
He added that there would be park-and-ride facilities at three of the stations, including at the Subang Jaya KTM station.
“The multi-level parking facility can cater up to 1,000 to 1,500 cars,” he said.
Upon hearing the proposed routes, some residents expressed their concerns about the congestion that would be caused by the construction, illegal parking and feeder buses.
“The construction at the roundabout in Jalan Kewajipan caused congestions. We don’t want any more construction or development there,” a resident said.
To that, Idrose said the LRT serves to take cars off the road and it will cater to 1.4 million people, hence there will be less congestion in the Jalan Kewajipan and Jalan Jengka.
USJ RA member Melvin Lee said if the LRT station were to be integrated with the KTM station, it will cause more congestion in that area.
He added that feeder buses should be provided to ferry people to the stations as it would defeat the idea of reducing congestion if people had to drive to the LRT stations.
Residents and students studying in Bandar Sunway expressed their wish for the LRT line to be extended to their area, too.
Elizabeth Lee, who spoke on behalf of Sunway and Monash University students, said: “We hope that the LRT line can be extended to Sunway as the students are constantly fleeced by taxi drivers,” she said.
Mass Transit Klang Valley (Transit) adviser Moaz Yusuf Ahmad finds that the presentation was good but felt that it should have taken place many years ago.
“The coordination between the agencies in Selangor should be improved as there is an inconsistency between the Selangor Structure Plan, Subang Jaya Local Draft Plan, and the structure plan by Prasarana,” he said.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said he had received many e-mails from Subang Jaya residents, hence the town hall meeting was the best way for the people to voice out their opinion.
“The views expressed by residents have been taken into consideration,” said Ong.
“Gone are the days of ‘Government knows best’. We are here to solicit the residents’ views,” he said in his speech.
Kelana Jaya MCA chairman Ong Chong Swen, in her speech said: “The LRT extension is much awaited. Many will benefit as it will ease traffic and reduce transportation problems but some are also worried that it may affect their livelihood and business.
“Although it is just a proposed route, at least we can have a view on how the route will look like,” she said.