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..