Those living along the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line can soon breathe a big sigh of relief, as the second phase of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line between Semantan and Kajang will be up and running on July 17. The launch will mark the completion of the 51-kilometre MRT SBK Line that comprises 31 stations with seven of them located underground. The RM23 billion project is the country’s largest infrastructure development yet and it will become the backbone of Klang Valley’s integrated public transport network.
The 30-km long Phase 2 will serve a total of 19 stations and will be plying popular tourist destinations such as the National Museum and Pasar Seni; other stations include Merdeka, Bukit Bintang, Tun Razak Exchange, Cochrane, Maluri, Taman Pertama, Taman Midah, Taman Mutiara, Taman Connaught, Taman Suntex, Sri Raya, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Batu 11 Cheras, Bukit Dukung, Sungai Jernih, Stadium Kajang, and the final station, Kajang. As there is no interchange to LRT available in this phase, commuters will have to alight from the train at the National Museum MRT station and proceed to KL Sentral station via a 240m link way.
Phase 1 of the project that was launched on 16 December 2016 runs from Sungai Buloh to Semantan, serving a total of 12 stations along 21 km of elevated tracks. The stations are Sg Buloh, Kg Selamat, Kwasa Damansara, Kwasa Sentral, Kota Damansara, Surian, Mutiara Damansara, Bandar Utama, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Phileo Damansara, Pusat Bandar Damansara and Semantan. This route provides access to some of Klang Valley’s most bustling commercial and business areas such 1Utama, The Curve, IPC, IKEA, Sunway Giza, and The Strand, among others.
According to Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Wira Othman Aziz, the SBK MRT route has received about 15,000 passengers each day to-date, and the number is expected to increase to 150,000 with the launch of Phase 2. The trains will run at a frequency of 3.5 minutes and the line is expected to eventually benefit more than 500,000 commuters daily.
With the expiry of the promotional one-month free ride of Phase 1 in January, commuters are now charged a full fare when taking the train. They are advised to use travel tokens purchased from the Ticket Vending Machines, or to change their MyRapid card to the new MyRapid Touch ‘n Go (TnG) card by July 15, for a seamless switch between the new MRT line and other Rapid KL rail and bus networks.
Those who are commuting from stations along the Phase 2 line between Semantan and Kajang can expect a period of free rides once it is launched.
The full details of the fare structure can be found at www.myrapid.com.my.