Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad’s (Prasarana) project for full integration of its public transport ticketing system kicked off yesteerday, as its first phase involving the two RapidKL LRT lines of Ampang and Kelana Jaya went into full integration after operating separately for more than 12 years.
Its communications head, Shuhainie Shamsuddin, said as operations commenced at 6am, there was no need for commuters to touch out from the Masjid Jamek integrated station when switching lines, with the use of the new MyRapid pass or single journey token, which replaced the old magnetic ticket system.
Alternatively, commuters can also use Touch ‘n Go cards to travel on the LRT. “The transition process went smoothly on Monday, without any major problems.
There were still passengers who needed assistance with directions on the changes and movements at Masjid Jamek but our staff were on site to help them,” she said in a statement yesterday.
She said Prasarana could now focus on the second phase which would involve integration of the RapidKL Monorail and targeted by March next year.
“This would then be followed by integration with our RapidKL bus system by the second quarter of 2012.” she added.
Shuhainie said since Nov 2, RapidKL, a subsidiary of Prasarana, had been selling the new tickets at its LRT stations and opened new AFC gates while maintaining the old gates for the current system in allowing the transition process.
In encouraging commuters to change, RapidKL has offered a special promotion MyRapid Card of RM10 each, which carries a stored value of RM8.
Commuters with the current Stored Value Card can also change them to the new MyRapid Ticket (SVT) without any charge.
The new system would also allow customers to purchase and re-load their tickets on-line in the future via the website, eliminating the inconvenience of queuing at ticket-vending machines and counters to purchase or reload the tickets.