Future development initiatives in Kuala Lumpur will hinge on the results of a comprehensive Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) currently in progress. The primary objective of this assessment is to address the growing issue of traffic congestion attributed to population growth in the city.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Legal and Institutional Reforms), Ramkarpal Singh, emphasized that the TIA encompasses various critical factors. These include evaluating the existing road conditions, such as the current level of service provided, as well as projecting future traffic patterns and volumes.
Based on the anticipated traffic projections and findings from the TIA, recommendations for infrastructure improvements will be formulated. These recommendations will play a pivotal role in shaping the city’s future development projects, prioritizing transportation solutions and enhancements to accommodate a growing urban population.
Furthermore, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is actively engaged in developing a comprehensive, integrated traffic planning framework to serve as a long-term solution to address traffic congestion in the city. This holistic approach aims to tackle traffic issues in a sustainable and efficient manner.
In alignment with the broader urban development goals, DBKL is committed to creating a more user-friendly, efficient, and easily accessible public transportation system. The ultimate aim is to achieve a target of 70% public transport usage by the year 2040. This signifies a concerted effort to promote sustainable and eco-friendly commuting options for the city’s residents.
Various initiatives have already been implemented to enhance transportation and accessibility in Kuala Lumpur. These include the introduction of GoKL bus services, the establishment of special bus routes, the development of bicycle routes, pedestrian walkways, and digital applications that provide route information and real-time updates on existing bus services.
In response to concerns about flash floods in Kuala Lumpur, Ramkarpal highlighted that these issues are being addressed within the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2040 (PSKL2040). Recently launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PSKL2040 takes into account various factors, including climate change, economic trends, demographics, lifestyle changes, and infrastructure development, to ensure the city remains competitive on the global stage. Flash flood mitigation measures and resilient urban planning are integral components of this forward-looking urban strategy.
The efforts to conduct a comprehensive TIA and integrate sustainable transportation solutions into future development projects reflect the commitment of the Malaysian government and DBKL to create a more livable, accessible, and resilient Kuala Lumpur for its residents and visitors.