A pleasant ride

While jams in KL are getting worse (December month may see a smoother traffic flow, but it i s not a typical month as many people are on leave), one thing I would like to point out is that there is a marked improvement in LRT service along the Kelana Jaya line (or more popularly known as the putra line).

As i have mentioned before, I like to take LRT once a while, to gauge the the service and do some walking. It is also a way to mix with the crowds. I took one about 10 days ago.

For me to take LRT to work, I have to take a 15 minutes brisk walk from my house to Stesen Taman Paramount, walk up the rather long flight of stairs ( i prefer stairs to escalators since it is a way of keeping fit) and wait for the driver-less train. In the past, sometimes we may need to wait for about 3-5  minutes, now the waiting time is down to 2 plus minutes. There are now many 4-car coaches, brightly lit, and clean. And it is much much less crowded than before. I do not know whether the inside is actually wider than the old type though i have an illusion that it was so.

I need to change train at the Masjid Jamek Station to take the Star LRt to Pudu. The journey back will just be the reverse.

It was quite a pleasant ride to and from work  that day. On my way back, I even had a seat right  at the Masjid Jamek station, and mind you, that was after 5 and was supposed to be rush hour.  Not only me, most passengers were able to find seats, and the few standing were those odd ones who preferred  standing and leaving the vacants seats for the more needy ones ( the gung-ho type perhaps?)

On the way back, the journey from Masjid Jamek to Tmn Paramount took less than 20 minutes, and i counted the number of  trains coming from opposite direction. Altogether we encountered 8 trains , 6 of which were 4-car coaches and  2  the old 2-car type.  This worked out to a train every 2 minutes, an impressive improvement.

If only the LRT services can be more extensive ( which will be the case in a few years time when the MRT project is accomplished), I think many people will start using the MRT rather than driving .. It is also  a green move, saving petrol and environment, and it is certainly less stressful than driving since the passengers are no more like packed sardines. ( I will probably take LRT more often)

This is one instance that the government must be praised. Credit must be given where credit is due..

 

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. petestop
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 14:55:07

    Where is the LRT promised for Penang ?

    So now Penang govern by Opposition, no need to implement ?

    Then, give us back our tax money, and we can build it ourselves!

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  2. Dr Hsu
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 16:01:04

    petestop
    The politicians must change their mentality. Even if a state is ruled by opposition party, development must go on.. After all, Penang people pay the same amount of tax as others, and Penang traffic really needs a LRT.

    There should not only be a LRT in Penang, the service must be extended to Seberang Prai with a underwater tunnel. Traffice flow will not only be better, it would make the whole area like the Bay area of California, where they have the BART (Bay area rapid transit). It would not only enable better traffic flow, it would be a stimulus for more economic activities on both sides of Penang. It may cost a lot of money but certainly it is a more fruitful way of spending money rather than building 100 storey building.

    The project can be done in stages, over a period of time. Initially it can be just a short loop , and routes added to it later on , like the MRT in Singapore. But there must be a beginning otherwise, once the island becomes clogged , it will be too late to start …But if LRT is to be built in Penang, the track size of different lines should be the same. In KL, we have 4 systems, the Star, the putra, the commuter and the monorail , each with a different track size and system so it is difficult to be integrated. Train cars from one system cannot be deployed to other lines in case of need.. So Penang must learn from the mistakes of KL

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  3. Nick
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 16:09:04

    Nice change to the blog page. I like it. Good to praise the government authorities once in a while when they deserve it. I have always been pleasantly surprised whenever I have the occasion to visit the Seremban EPF and Tax (LHDN) office. They give excellent service. Any complaints via e-mails is promptly acknowledge and followed up. Good work. I am happy to pay my taxes and contribute to the EPF.

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  4. Dr Hsu
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 16:23:28

    Nick,
    The font is now bigger, so it is easier to read.. It is also more artistic now.. The theme of the new appearance is called “koi’, appropriate for me as i am a Koi lover.. The picture at the header is no more blocked partially, like the old theme.

    Thanks for liking the new theme! 🙂

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  5. petestop
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 17:36:47

    Doc, if you see what is unfolding in the parliament, with the abuse of the majority to get MPs suspended, do you really think we can hope that BeEnd will grow up ?

    That instead of them behaving fairly to the elatorate, they can’t even behave fairly to their fellow MPs.

    I can tell you it will be serious repurcussion if BeEnd try to steal a 2/3 majority this way.

    Every action by BeEnd now is hardening our resolve to kick their ass!!

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  6. petestop
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 10:44:38

    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/150934

    Terrence Netto gave an extremely good piece on BeEnd arrogance of power.

    It is this continued arrogance of power and bullying of not only the MPs and the assemblymen, but also the electorate that we need to put an end to them.

    It is the reason why people like Fan Yew Teng was denied even his pension,
    when UMNO’s Khir Toyol can build his palaces.

    Rakyat didahulukan, my ass.

    BeEnd never learn any lesson from 308, we need to kick their ass stronger.

    Gerakan can forget about taking even one seat in Penang !

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  7. oncheng
    Dec 24, 2010 @ 11:21:40

    Yes, MRT, LRT are good for city, but must be built with right cost, NOT RM36 Billion starter, read http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/151564, if this is done, we will have another MALAYSIA BOLEH !!! the most expensive (luxurious ?) MRT in the World !
    Just the track alone cost RM600,000 per metre?

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  8. oncheng
    Dec 24, 2010 @ 11:28:10

    If say a low cost flat cost RM42,000, RM36 billion can build 857,000 low cost flat, more than enough for all low income family in Selangor n Fed. Territory KL. Economically, even with low interest, this cost can NEVER be recovered within 36 years!!

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  9. TH
    Jan 07, 2011 @ 11:35:00

    Agreed that the LRT is a good alternative to driving, but let’s not forget public transportation is not just about LRT or MRT – what about the anciliary services? The connecting buses? For example, I am not as lucky as Dr to be staying near a LRT station – I have to drive almost 10 km to the nearest LRT station to take the train. And even if I did that, I may not get a parking lot to park my car for the day. Then there is the problem of some foolish drivers who park indiscriminately, blocking my car such that when I returned from work, I have to wait and wait for cars surrounding me to leave before I could do many thre-point turns to move my car out of the parking lot (mind you – the owner of the car that blocked my car did not surface yet!) After those incidence (yes, it happened more than once), I stopped travelling to work by LRT…

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