Time to introduce a RM100 public transportation pass in the Klang Valley

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang and Assistant National Director for Political Education, on the 11th of January 2018

Time to introduce a RM100 public transportation pass in the Klang Valley

In October 2017, I had written about the lack of an increase in the ridership of the LRT, MRT and KTM Komuter despite the billions of Ringgit of investment poured into new projects.[1] The recently released Quarter 3 2017 rail statistics[2] by the Ministry of Transportation confirmed my fears that the LRT and MRT ridership spike in July and August 2017 due to the half-price fares were only temporary.

The Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT line reached a peak daily ridership of 135,112 in the month of August when fares were 50%. But once the fare discount period was over, the daily ridership dropped down to 103,345, which is significantly less than the target of 150,000. Similarly, the daily ridership for the Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT lines spiked up to 262,606 and 195,536 respectively in the month of August but once the discount period was over, the daily ridership numbers fell down to 219,568 and 157,533 for the Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT lines respectively. In fact, the LRT ridership numbers for the month of September is even lower than that for March 2017 which averaged 238,602 and 169,057 for the Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT lines respectively. (See Figure 1 and Table 1 below)

Figure 1: Daily ridership by month (January to September 2017) for the Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT lines, the SBK MRT line and the KL Monorail

Source: Ministry of Transportation, Rail Statistics

Figure 1: Daily ridership by month (January to September 2017) for the Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT lines, the SBK MRT line and the KL Monorail

Type of Service JAN FEB MAC APRIL MEI JUN JULAI OGOS SEPT
LALUAN KELANA JAYA             211,913             220,418             238,602             223,057             223,869             212,253             231,159             262,606             219,568
LALUAN AMPANG             151,459             155,140             169,057             158,500             160,816             154,485             157,242             196,536             157,533
LALUAN MRT SBK              23,471              12,532              13,786              12,927              13,057              12,288              62,344             135,112             103,345
KL MONORAIL              56,172              54,359              57,140              53,488              48,291              44,430              42,253              43,441              34,656

Source: Ministry of Transportation, Rail Statistics

The drop in the daily ridership on the LRT and MRT clearly shows that passengers are price sensitive. This is why it is necessary to introduce an affordable monthly public transportation pass to allow passengers to have unlimited rides on the LRT, MRT, Monorail and Rapid KL buses as a way to increase public transportation usage. Rapid used to have an RM150 monthly travel pass for the LRT but this was eliminated as part of the LRT fare hike in Dec 2015.

Pakatan Harapan has proposed in our alternative budget to introduce a RM100 unlimited travel monthly public transportation pass. I am confident that with the introduction of this pass, public transportation usage especially on the LRT, MRT and Rapid buses will increase significantly, perhaps even beyond the daily ridership figures set in August 2017 when the LRT and MRT fares were reduced by 50%.

[1] http://ongkianming.com/2017/10/05/media-statement-najib-must-explain-the-lack-of-increase-in-ridership-on-the-rail-system-in-the-klang-valley-despite-billions-spent-on-the-lrt-extension-the-mrt-and-the-ktm-komuter-double-tracking-proj/

[2] http://www.mot.gov.my/en/Pages/statistik-rel.aspx?RootFolder=%2Fen%2FStatistik%20Rel%2F2017%203%20-%20SUKU%20III%202017&FolderCTID=0x012000B98E763A4B4D9E45BF0A89A3AD9C0C63&View={06807F3D-F85A-41AF-A229-BF053BC42139}

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One comment on “Time to introduce a RM100 public transportation pass in the Klang Valley
  1. kohei says:

    Way to go! The city of Vienna in Austria has a flat rate pass for public transport which costs EUR365/year (ca. MYR1700). This is where cost of living is probably 4x more expensive than in KL!

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