Najib: 50pc off MRT, LRT, Monorail fares till Merdeka

Najib: 50pc off MRT, LRT, Monorail fares till Merdeka

Najib: 50pc off MRT, LRT, Monorail fares till Merdeka

"The SBK line is ready to start service two weeks ahead of schedule and those involved in the project had brought it in below cost, saving the government RM2 billion", he said.

The Prime Minister launched the MRT SBK second phase at the Tun Razak Exchange underground station today, which saw the new train service serving as a new agent of change in the national public transportation landscape.

Among the many benefits of the MRT, Najib said, is the time saved by commuters.

"I want to say thank you for the line between Sungai Buloh and Kajang".

By saving time, the MRT could help raise worker morale, increase productivity and lead to a more dynamic economy, he added.

Each train has four coaches with a total capacity of 1,200 passengers per journey, and the daily number of passengers are expected to be 400,000.

Citing an example, he said a ride-hailing vehicle ride from Sungai Buloh to Kajang would cost RM54 while the MRT fare was only RM6.40, or an even lower RM5.50 if the commuter pays with a Touch 'n Go card.

Najib pointed out that the project had created 130,000 jobs and 70,000 of those jobs related directly to the building of the line.

The Prime Minister said 41 retailers have set up shops in the 31 stations along the SBK line, with more on the way.

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"This translates to a reduction of 752,000 tonnes of Carbon dioxide emissions each year".

With public complaints over traffic snarls and the high cost of highway tolls, the government is touting the MRT, LRT and other downtown rail systems as the solution for some seven million people who live in Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs, called Greater KL, or the Klang Valley.

According to a World Bank study in 2015, Malaysians living in the Klang Valley, the area served by the MRT system, spent 250 million hours a year stuck in traffic.

Over time that led to world-class traffic jams, which the MRT system is meant to keep from worsening and hopefully reduce.

Meanwhile, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said Monday that the MRT is a "gift" from the prime minister to the country.

"I said, let's try to do a ranking of MRT stations". The person said we are better than London, New York, or Hong Kong.

"As Malaysians, we can stand tall today that we have a world class project for the people".

The prime minister said the launch would be the beginning of many more "infra-rakyat" (people's infrastructure) projects in the country.

"I announce a 50 per cent discount for all MRT, LRT and Monorail users from tomorrow until Merdeka", Najib said.

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