Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (PRASARANA)'s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Bandar Sunway is nearing completion and is expected to be fully operational early June and is to be launched today by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Haji Najib Tun Razak today at 5.00 pm at BRT Sunway Station . The service will be Malaysia’s first proper electric bus service, as well as the first fully-elevated BRT system in South East Asia.
The new 5.4 km Sunway Line is being built by Prasarana Malaysia Berhad in collaboration with Sunway Group as part of the government’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programme. It connects the Sunway commercial centre with the Setia Jaya KTM Komuter station and the USJ7 LRT station, the latter being part of the upcoming Kelana Jaya Line extension.
The RM634 million project is aimed at improving traffic flow in the Bandar Sunway and Subang Jaya area, as well as to promote higher productivity and a healthier lifestyle for more than 500,000 people living in the area, including over 30,000 students. Prasarana expects a ridership of 2,400 passengers per hour, eventually reaching 5,200 passengers per hour by 2035.
Seven stations will be built to serve Setia Jaya, Mentari Business Park, Sunway Lagoon, Sunway Medical Centre, Monash University Malaysia and USJ7. The Monash University station is a “park ‘n’ ride” facility featuring 1,153 parking bays, including 102 female bays, 23 handicapped bays and 121 motorcycle bays.
The success of PRASARANA in developing Malaysia's first BRT system is commendable and should be a basis for future success and enhancement of Malaysia's public transportation system. This is also in line with the aspiration by the government to ensure that the number of Malaysians that uses public transport increases steadily so that the traffic congestion in the city can be reduced.