Since almost a month or so ago, the media has been buzzing about the launch of Phase One of the first MRT line in the country. It was for the Sungai Buloh – Kajang line and the Phase One that began operations was Semantan-Sungai Buloh. It started running on December 16, 2016.
One cool thing about the MRT is that rides are free from December 16, 2016 to January 16, 2017.
I get to Damansara area on occasions. So, a few days ago, as I was planning a meeting which location was close to Damansara, I decided to take the opportunity to test ride MRT.
Basically, my trip began from KL Sentral where I hopped on a feeder bus to Semantan MRT Station to catch a train to Mutiara Damansara Station. I also took the MRT on the way back and got on another feeder bus to return to KL Sentral afterwards.
There was no big crowd at all on the trains I was on and I figured it could be due to school holidays were already over and people were at work or schools anyway.
The stations and the trains were neat.
I was a bit clueless in the beginning as I tried to figure out which station to disembark at so I could be as close as I could to my meeting venue, but friendly staff members were on site at entry points to assist.
I take public transportation such as buses, commuter rails and LRTs frequently. So, now that MRT is running that means I have another option to pick from besides driving a car, hailing a ride from a service provider or even taking a bus, when I travel to the area of Damansara.
For me, the recent rides on MRT were just to get a firsthand experience.
I enjoyed the rides. Oh, did I say they were free? 🙂
I do see benefits that residents and those who work or go to a school along the MRT line, from Jalan Semantan up to Sungai Buloh, could get from the service.
There’s good information specifically on the MRT and available on the website of MASS Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) at this link: http://www.mymrt.com.my/en/sbk/travel-info
If you decide to try the MRT out, have a good ride!