The Star: LRT service coping well with increase in number of passengers

Commuters travelling from Taman Jaya LRT station to Gombak LRT station without much congestion during peak hours.
Commuters travelling from Taman Jaya LRT station to Gombak LRT station without much congestion during peak hours.

Although some commuters complained of congestion during peak hours following the completion of the Kelana Jaya and Sri Petaling LRT line extension projects, a check showed that things were running smoothly.

StarMetro went to the Asia Jaya and Taman Jaya LRT stations yesterday during the morning rush hour after the long Hari Raya break to observe the situation.

Trains from Putra Heights heading to the city centre were packed with commuters but there were enough coaches to cope with demand.

College students Jocelyn Low Zi Yeng and Ong Wil Sern, who usually take the train from the Taman Bahagia and Kelana Jaya stations and get off at the Asia Jaya station, said they noticed a slight increase in the number of passengers during peak hours after the lines started operations on June 30.

A manageable crowd at Asia Jaya LRT station during peak hours yesterday as trains arrive more frequently. — Photos: BRIAN MOH/The Star
A manageable crowd at Asia Jaya LRT station during peak hours yesterday as trains arrive more frequently. — Photos: BRIAN MOH/The Star

“I think with proper time management, most people should not face a problem even if the LRT is congested,” said Ong.

There are 13 new stations and commuters can now travel from Gombak right up to Putra Heights on the Kelana Jaya line and transfer to the Sri Petaling line.

According to Prasarana Malaysia Bhd, the Kelana Jaya Line trains will alternately make a turnaround at the Ara Damansara Station during the morning and evening peak hours from 7am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm, to cater to the peak-hour crowd.

A commuter, who only wanted to be known as Priyashini, commutes from the Pasar Seni to Taman Jaya station and said there were more trains during peak hours.

“Congestion has always been there during peak hours but with trains arriving more frequently, it has eased the situation a little.”

Another regular commuter San San, who commutes from KL Sentral to Asia Jaya station, said the trains were only packed during the first few days when the new stations were opened.

“The number of passengers seems to be back to normal now,” she said.

The Star – 12 July 2016 | Chan Lye May/Dinesh Paramasivan

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