KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 2017 (Bernama) - Media practitioners were today mesmerised by the architectural design of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang line underground stations after they were given a tour of several underground stations before the official launch next Monday.
They had three words
spacious, artistic and spectacular, to describe the experience during the tour to the stations led by MRT Corp.
The tour started from Muzium Negara station located in KL Sentral through a pedestrian linkway before ending the tour at the Bukit Bintang station located six kilometres away.
Apart from the artistic value of the stations architectural design, the building is spacious, equipped with air-conditioning environment, lit and provide easy access for the disabled.
Nurhidayah Hairom of Sinar Harian was amazed as to how the immense construction was able to be done underground.
She did not have breathing difficulties and nausea although the station´s platform was located 24 metre underground.
"Simply the best. The underground stations are spacious and provide comfort for the commuters, " she told Bernama when met during the tour.
Media practitioners were also given an opportunity to ride the MRT from Muzium Negara station to Bukit Bintang and Pasar Seni station.
The journey was fast, as it only took six minutes to arrive at Bukit Bintang from Muzium Negara which is located six kilometer away and cost RM1.60 by Touch N´ Go and RM1.80 for cash payment.
Mohd Fauzi Mohammad Suhaimi of Utusan Malaysia described the service as convenient and efficient.
He said the traveling time from one station to another was fast and efficient in which the trains run smoothly eventhough the speed was more than 90 kilometer per hour.
Wan Syamsul Amly Wan Seadey of Astro Awani, was impressed with the train´s frequency. He said it only took five to six minutes for another train to arrive adding there were several TV panels located at the platform showing the train schedule and its time of arrival.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to launch the second phase of the SBK line on July 17, thus allowing the train to run the entire 51km alignment from Sungai Buloh to Kajang.
The second phase consists of 19 new stations, of which seven are located underground. Each train set serving the SBK line will have four cars, allowing a total capacity of 1,200 passengers per trip with daily ridership of about 400,000 passengers.