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RM1bil for Bus Rapid Transit project in KK

24th October, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: An allocation of close to RM1 billion has been provided under the 2016 Budget to implement the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Kota Kinabalu.

This is among the many projects announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when tabling the Budget at Dewan Rakyat here yesterday.

He also said the BRT KL-Klang would be implemented at a cost of more than RM1.5 billion.

In addition, the Prime Minister also announced that the government would continue talks with Singapore on the ‘High Speed Rail’ project and that the 18.1-kms Ampang Light Rail Transit (LRT) line project wouldl begin operations in March 2016.

Meanwhile, the Kelana Jaya-Putra Heights line project of 17.4 km will be fully operational by the middle of next year. He said both the extension projects would cost RM10 billion.

“An efficient public transportation system is being planned for the comfort of people in urban areas. “This is all being implemented through a big allocation because we want to make life easier for urban folks,” he said.

The Prime Minister also announced that the Sungai Buloh to Semantan Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line would begin operations in December 2016.

Meanwhile, phase two of the project covering the Semantan to Kajang line is due for completion by the middle of 2017.

“This project (MRT Sungai Buloh-Semantan-Kajang), with a distance of 51 km will be implemented at a cost of RM32 billion,” he said.

Najib also said the government had launched various initiatives to boost the public transport network. This included the MRT II Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) project over 52 km, which will benefit two million people, built at a cost of RM28 billion.

Construction works for the project is due to begin in the second quarter of 2016, and it is due for completion by 2022.

Meanwhile, the LRT3 project from Bandar Utama, Damansara to Johan Setia, Klang, over a distance of 36 km, is due to be fully operational by 2020.

“This project, which will benefit two million people at a cost of RM10 billion, will begin in 2016,” he said. – Bernama

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