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.
PENANG Forum has proposed an alternative plan that it claims is better, faster and cheaper than the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).
The group said its plan returns to the recommendations of Halcrow and includes a combination of modern trams and bus rapid transit (BRT).
Dr Lim Mah Hui, a member of Penang Forum, claimed that the alternative plan would be more accessible to all; would have a smaller footprint and be friendlier to the environment; would be quieter and more flexible and much easier to expand in the future.
He said BRT-based public transport systems were both cheaper to build and cheaper to operate and maintain.