Kuala Lumpur, 7th – 13th February 2018, Malaysia hosted the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF). The agenda included parallel workshops, forums, trainings, technical tours, and high-level roundtable ministerial meetings for many different urban related thematic topics.
On February 10th, TCC organised a half-day “Transforming Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) Site Visit to the Sunway Bus Rapid Transport Transit (BRT)”, located approximately 25 km from Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The visit included 25 international participants. The participants travelled via the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) network that connects directly to the elevated BRT Sunway. The LRT and BRT Sunway lines are owned by Prasarana Malaysia and operated by Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd. The participants witnessed the development and transit-oriented developments (TOD) towards the outer ring of Kuala Lumpur.
The BRT Sunway is 5.4 km long and has been in operation since mid-2015. It was constructed for the 500,000 population in Bandar Sunway and Subang. Currently, there are 15 battery-operated electric buses in operation to cater to 10,000 passengers daily, and will be increased based on demand. Each bus travels approximately 200 km per day on a single charge, and operates with low operation and maintenance costs. An elevated BRT was constructed instead of a conventional BRT due to land acquisition issues. Although heavy investment is seen in this BRT example, visitors learned a lot regarding technology, planning, and easily accessible facilities. In the future, solar charging stations are expected to be deployed.
In addition, TCC also supported translation of the poster “10 Principles for Sustainable Urban Transport” into Bahasa Malaysia for SUTP for distribution at WUF#9.