PETALING JAYA: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Governments of Malaysia and Singapore on the High-Speed Rail (HSR) linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore has been signed.
In a joint statement issued by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Tuesday, it was announced that the Mou was signed between Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and his counterpart Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan.
The agreement stated that there would be eight HSR stations between Bandar Malaysia and Singapore. The six intermediate stations will be located at Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri.
LRT commuters heading home from the city centre are experiencing overcrowded coaches, especially in high traffic areas such as the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) station.
Following the completion of the Kelana Jaya and Sri Petaling LRT line extension projects, StarMetro reported on Tuesday that things were running smoothly from Asia Jaya and Taman Jaya LRT stations to the city centre during the morning peak hours, but not when commuters were returning from the city centre.
At about 7pm on Wednesday, the KLCC station was packed with commuters and they were unable to board the train as the coaches were full, resulting in a wait that lasted a few hours before they could board the trains.
At one point, commuters were forced to line up behind the ticket barriers in the underground station to avoid overcrowding.
Some commuters were frustrated at the sight while some treated it as the normal peak hour rush.
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.