KL Traffic Could Become As Bad As The Gridlock In Jakarta Within The Next Three Years

Our fingers are crossed for the completion of the MRT to create a significant change in the way our traffic flows.

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Kuala Lumpur Has Some Of The Most Infuriating Traffic Jams In Malaysia

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But It Could Be Worse. The Malay Mail Says KL's Traffic Could Be As Severe As The Gridlock In Jakarta, Bangkok Or Manila Within The Next Three Years.

“Our current traffic conditions are similar to Jakarta and Manila, the only difference is that we have several highways to help disperse traffic to main roads.

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This Is Because An Average Of 1,000 Vehicles Are Registered In KL Every Day

According to Road and Transport Department (RTD) statistics, about 7,000 vehicles were registered in the city each week.

“I predict that the situation will worsen in the next five to seven years as the number of vehicles continues to increase.

With an average of 1,000 vehicles registered in Kuala Lumpur every day, the traffic in the central region, especially the Greater Kuala Lumpur zone, is likely to become as bad as the streets in Jakarta, Bangkok or Manila within the next three years.

The Growth Of The Number Of Cars Continues To Increase Largely Due To Inefficienct Public Transportation, And Bad Traffic Management Plan

Goh said, the growth in the number of private cars in the country stood at six per cent a year. This was due to the inefficiency of public transport and the lack of an effective traffic management plan.

Apart from the failure of public transportation, Goh said lower prices and the zero-deposit finance could have contributed to more people buying cars.
“Subsidised fuel prices, cheaper road tax and no obligation to send cars for inspection also encourages people to buy cars.”

“This has resulted in an imbalance between the number of cars and the road infrastructure, including parking.

Furthermore, The Ongoing MRT And LRT Construction Works Are Contributing To The Bad Traffic

MRT And LRT Construction Works Are Causing Traffic Jam

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“It also does not help that the extensions to the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) are ongoing,” said MAG Technical Consultancy and Development Service founder Goh Bok Yen.

However, All Traffic Woes Could Be Solved After The Three Proposed Alignments Of The MRT Are Completed By 2025

However, All Traffic Woes Could Be Solved After The Three Proposed Alignments Of The MRT Are Completed By 2025

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He believes the traffic problems can only be resolved by 2025 upon the completion of the three proposed alignments of the MRT.

To Encourage The Use Of Public Transportation, The Government Must Prove To The Public That The Integration Of All Public Transportation System Is Effective

“People choose to drive because it is convenient. In order for the government to encourage the use of public transportation, they must prove to the public how efficient public transportation is.”

However, he said, the government should ensure the integration and linkages between bus, LRT, MRT and other related services were strong, otherwise they would fail.

MAG Technical Consultancy and Development Service Also Advises The Government To Implement Measures To Control The Number Of Cars On The Road

“Once we have a complete transportation system, then the government could learn from Singapore by implementing weekend or off-peak driven cars to control the number of cars on the road.”

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