Source: http://thestar.com.my/metro (By TAN KARR WEI, 12/3/2011)
The locations of several proposed MRT stations for the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line is likely to create more problems instead of solving them. One such station is the proposed Bandar Utama station, which will be built near the Media Prima broadcast centre at the junction of the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) and Persiaran Bandar Utama. Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said the area was already packed with cars and having a station there would worsen the congestion.
“There is no park-and-ride facility and there will be cars waiting for passengers by the main road,” said Pua, who held a joint press conference with Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and Subang MP Sivarasa Rasiah near the site at Persiaran Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.
“The Bandar Utama MRT station is expected to be the busiest in the northern part of the alignment, servicing about 46,900 passengers daily and is the fifth busiest of the 35 proposed stations. “Why is the MRT station located 1km away from the bus terminal even though high ridership is expected? Instead, it is located along the busy LDP,” said Pua. He added that the MRT would be not be beneficial without a proper bus system to complement it. Pua said in
Lim Lip Eng said based on feedback from Taman Tun Dr Ismail residents, most did not want the station in their area and they also called for it to be located away from the LDP to avoid congestion and parking problems.
“The Land Public Transport Commission has only held meetings with the Taman Tun residents while the Bukit Damansara residents are holding their comments until a meeting is called for in their area,” he said.
Bandar Utama City Corporation director Datuk Teo Chiang Kok said an integrated transportation hub had always been part of their master plan. He said ideally, 1Utama and The Curve should have their own stations but the distance between the two locations would be too near. “We have a bigger population and ridership from our shopping malls and offices so it makes sense to have it here,” he said. The 1Utama open carpark serves as a transportation hub, with major bus and coach services like RapidKL, Aeroline, Genting Express and LCCT Skybus operating out of Bandar Utama. “We have also proposed for a joint venture with MBPJ to build two levels of basement carpark below the