Kuala Lumpur is a densely developed city with no pre-planned corridors for a transit network such as the MRT. Moreover, in order for the MRT to accomplish its objective, it needs to provide connections to the busiest centres in the Klang Valley, and these areas are also typically the most densely developed. The MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang line will be the preeminent people mover in the region once completed catering to 1.2 million people with an estimated daily ridership of over 400,000 passengers a day by 2020.
There is also the question of speed and efficiency. Trains can travel faster underground than they can above ground because it is enclosed within a controlled environment.
There are questions as to why the MRT route could not be built above ground instead similar to some parts of the existing LRT network. There are three very good reasons why it can’t be done: i) cost, ii) destruction of property and iii) complexity of the construction process.
To build an above-ground rail route would be cost prohibitive, and would also require a very severe change to the cityscape, putting heritage centres at risk of demolition. Construction of such a route would also be inefficient, and extremely disruptive to the day-to-day lives of city dwellers.
Quoted from: MMC-Gamuda KVMRT Website
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