THE Ministry of Transport (MOT) (People with Disabilities Council) conducted an accessibility audit of the MRT buses, bus stops, stations and trains at the Kwasa Sentral Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station on 12 January 2017.
It was led by Parliament Member YB Senator Puan Bathmavathi Krishnan and Dr Ruzita Mohd Amin, head of the Disability Unit in International Islamic University Malaysia.
The audit was conducted specifically to examine the features that the MRT provides for individuals with disabilities and involved individuals from Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp), MMC Gamuda KVMRT (PDP) Sdn Bhd (MMC Gamuda) and Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (PRASARANA).
To begin proceedings for the day, MRT Corp General Manager Electrical and Mechanical Building Services Ir. Major (R) Mohamed Shuhaidi Omar welcomed the delegation of auditors to the station. PRASARANA Group Communications and Strategic Marketing Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Puan Norazah Abdul Rashid then explained the itinerary for the day that included a ride on the MRT feeder bus and train.
During the entire audit, Bathmavathi and Dr Ruzita led the delegation of auditors in giving their respective feedback regarding the MRT service.
The first item that was on the audit schedule was the auditing of the feeder bus. MRT Corp Head of Trackworks & Maintenance Vehicle, Electrical & Mechanical Systems, Encik Zamri Abas led the delegation to board one of the feeder buses. Here, they were given a ride on the feeder bus, following the actual T801 route that covers the Kota Damansara area. They even stopped at one of the bus stops for the auditors to test out the features of the ramp that enable passengers on wheelchairs to ride the bus.
After the bus ride, MMC Gamuda Station Architect Encik Najdi Naimi led the tour for a walkabout at the Kwasa Sentral Station. Special parking facilities for individuals with disabilities and also station features such as lifts and tactile tiles for the blind were pointed out.
A ride on the MRT train was also given at the end of the audit in which the auditors boarded the train from Kwasa Sentral Station to Sungai Buloh Station.
Once on the train, MRT Corp Electrical and Mechanical Systems Director Mr Tarenjit Singh Khella explained that for the MRT trains, they plan to have special seat belts for individuals on wheelchairs. With this in place, their wheelchairs will not swerve when the train is moving.
Bathmavathi was quoted at the end of the audit saying “It is good that the MRT Project provides many types of facilities for the disabled community. Even though this is the case, we hope that they can alter minor tweaks that was mentioned during the audit.”
The audit session ended with lunch being served to the auditors.
IT was a date to remember for Miss Ng Zhi Wei, 19, as she became the millionth passenger to use the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) service. Ng achieved this feat at 10.13am on 11 January 2017-
27 days after the opening of the service between Sungai Buloh and Semantan for Phase One on 16 December 2016.
Unaware of the situation, she tapped her Touch N Go card at the Sungai Buloh Station to begin her journey to SEGI College, of which she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Commerce, University Degree.
It was a pleasant surprise to her when she was greeted by MRT Corp Commercial and Land Management Director Dato’ Haris Fadzilah Hassan and Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zohari Sulaiman.
As the fare gates opened, Haris and Zohari approached Ng saying that she was the one millionth passenger to use the MRT service.
She received several goodies from MRT Corp and Prasarana Malaysia Berhad including a brand-new Apple iPad.
“I am very surprised; but very happy. I would like to thank Rapid Rail and MRT Corp for these gifts. I am very happy with the MRT services. Before, my mother would need to send and fetch me to go to University. Now, I just take the MRT from Sungai Buloh to Kota Damansara,” said Ng.
Also present were Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd Chief Operating Officer MRT Encik Muhammad Isom Azis and MRT Corp Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line Project Director, Mr Marcus Karakashian.
Launched by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak on 15 December 2016, the first phase of the SBK Line commenced operations on the following day with a one-month free ride promotion on the train and feeder bus services. Users will only start paying for the services from 17 January 2017.
With one million passengers having used the system to date, the SBK Line’s average daily ridership was 40,000 passengers.
The trains see the most number of passengers during the weekends as members of the public try out the system in large numbers. The highest ridership in a single day was recorded on Christmas Day with a ridership of 67,000 passengers.
The busiest stations were Mutiara Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Bandar Utama, Kwasa Sentral and Semantan.
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