LRT Schedule To Have 12min In Between Trains, Gets Flack From Netizens
Train intervals range anywhere from a mere 3 minutes to 12 minutes.
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Starting this 1 April, Malaysia will enter the endemic phase where all businesses and industries affected by the lockdowns will be lifted.
READ MORE: Malaysia Enters Endemic Phase Starting 1 April, Eateries Open 24 Hours Again!
This also includes our public transportation. The capacity and frequency of trains such as the LRT, MRT, and Monorail were reduced during the MCO period due to less traffic.
However, all public transportation run by Prasarana will resume full capacity by 1 April 2022, including trains and buses in KL.
PRASARANA TINGKAT KEKERAPAN TREN DAN BAS MULAI 1 APRIL pic.twitter.com/nDJDTndBR6— Ask Rapid KL (@AskRapidKL) March 22, 2022
According to the new schedule, trains will be more frequent on weekdays within the city center than on weekends or public holidays.
For example, stations within the Central Business District (CBD) will see only a 3-minute interval on weekdays, and a 6-minute interval on weekends.
The longest train frequency will be the KL Monorail and MRT Kajang line on weekends, which have a 12-minute wait.
“It’s not enough”
However, netizens were unsatisfied with the schedule, saying that the 12-minute intervals were too long to be useful for commuters.
Mati lah kalau weekend naik mrt, buat lah setiap 3 minutes. Kan weekend banyak nak keluar shopping or gathering. Lagi Satu, jgn asyik announce suruh orang pakai mask, tolong announce suruh passenger jgn halang tempat duduk dgn bag. I kadang kala terus sound ja kalau nampak.— sampordallllll (@mtwntw) March 22, 2022
Netizens did not agree that weekends should have such a long 12-minute interval.
Some netizens note that many people spend their weekends lepaking in shopping malls or popular areas, so having more frequent train intervals would help to encourage them to take the trains.
Took you guys nearly 2 months to figure it out that the frequency is literally crap for anyone using public transit— Ernest is: taking the train! 🚈 (@ErnestAtHome) March 22, 2022
The weekend frequency is not fixed yet – there are people who travel on PT during weekends and 10+ min wait for a train is ridiculous
Even more critisized that regardless of the reason, having such a long interval on weekends is unfriendly towards people who work or travel for any reason, when public transportation is meant to provide a reliable means to travel for the public.
Has to do with money? My opinion, they'll increase frequency when there's more riders to save money.— Justine (@Poleitzz) March 23, 2022
I don't think they realise better bus and train frequency will in the long term attract more riders.
In response, Rapid KL only mentioned that the train frequencies would be adjusted when needed.
Ultimately, netizens urged for better bus and train frequency. Shorter wait times and reliable transportation will ultimately give Malaysians the confidence to rely on public transportation.
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