Malaysia hopes opening of MRT line will ease congestion
- 17 Jul 2017 at 20:59
- WRITER: KYODO NEWS
Malaysian commuters waiting for a train of the first Mass Rapid Transit Line at Kajang station on Monday. (EPA photo)
KUALA LUMPUR - A 51-kilometre commuter rail line connecting the Malaysian capital to outlying areas began operating on Monday, with the government hoping it will ease Kuala Lumpur's notorious traffic congestion.
The Mass Rapid Transit system, eventually comprising three lines, is Malaysia's biggest infrastructure project to date. The first line -- connecting Kuala Lumpur to Sungai Buloh in the northeast and Kajang in the southwest -- took six years to build and cost 21 billion ringgit (165 billion baht).
"As Malaysians, we can stand tall today as we have a world-class project for the people. We are seeing not just the MRT but the shape of the future of Malaysia before our eyes," Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said in a speech at the opening ceremony.
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