The opening of the Abdullah Hukum train station in KL Eco City proves Railway Assets Corporation’s (RAC) commitment and focus on the Government’s intention to implement Transit Oriented Development (TOD).

Construction of the station, which was privatised by KL Eco City Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of developer SP Setia, is RAC’s first TOD project, a federal statutory body under the Transport Ministry.

The Abdullah Hukum station, which is integrated with the Kelana Jaya-Abdullah Hukum LRT route, has been developed on a 0.6ha railroad reserve land by RAC, costing RM30mil.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) as an operator expects 1,000 passengers per day to use the KTM Komuter train service and this number is expected to increase to 5,000 passengers a day by 2020.

The expected ridership is achievable as the Abdullah Hukum station will be an alternative transit station for the public, other than the KL Sentral interchange, to get on the Kelana Jaya LRT route.

In addition, the opening of the Abdullah Hukum station provides the public a choice of other modes of transport such as KTM Komuter and Kelana Jaya LRT services at the existing Abdullah Hukum station.

The Abdullah Hukum station fully operates the cashless method through the Komuter Link card, which was introduced on Sept 10, and Touch ‘n Go, so passengers do not have to queue at the counter to buy tickets.

The development of KL Eco City in 2013 on 10ha of land comprises offices, shopping centres, retail space, residences, mosque, infrastructure and communication routes that boost the enhancement of public transport infrastructure and infrastructure in the area.

Development in the area has also increased the value of the land, boosting local economic development and increasing the community’s mobility.

The Abdullah Hukum station is designed using an energy-saving concept, which uses natural ventilation and LED lights in line with the eco city concept.

The station has three floors; the ground floor is a platform for passengers to board KTM Komuter trains, two floors are concourse and passageway for passengers, while the third is the link bridge linking the station with KL Eco City Mall, The Gardens and Mid Valley Megamall.

The station is also equipped with ticket counters, automatic ticket purchase machines, surau, toilets, elevators and escalators, link bridge, facilities for disabled people and four business kiosks.

The station was launched by Transport Minister Anthony Loke, who was accompanied by the ministry’s secretary-general and RAC board of directors chairman Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim, general manager Azhar Ahmad, KTMB chief executive officer Mohd Rani Hisham Samsudin, SP Setia Bhd chairman Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin and Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil.

News Source: The Star, 5 November 2018


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