The need for an efficient and connected public transport system becomes ever more urgent as Malaysia continues down the path of becoming a high-income nation.
Though Malaysia has already invested in public transport over the years, poor commuter numbers and rising use of private vehicles indicate that there are flaws within the approach.
The Urban Public Transport NKRA (UPT NKRA) was implemented to fix this flaw with a specific focus in Kuala Lumpur and the Greater Klang Valley. This takes place alongside other programmes elsewhere in the country such as in all the economic corridors.
The UPT NKRA focuses on the Klang Valley because it is presently Malaysia’s heart of commerce and because the traffic problem there is at a critical level. The UPT NKRA, with its mandate of targeting quick wins, is able to create the biggest amount of impact by narrowing its focus in that particular region.
The end-goal is to create an integrated UPT, which will encourage a greater number of public transport commuters, raising the modal share to 25% from 12% currently.