Sustainable urban transport may cut emission: Malaysian official

18:47, November 24, 2009      

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The development of a sustainable urban transport would help reduce emission as proven in studies done in other countries, a Malaysian official said hereon Tuesday.

Malaysian Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah made this remark at the launch of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Asia Pacific seminar here.

Ahmad Husni said that the finding of the studies was concluded in the countries that had successfully promoted the use of public transport, the most efficient people-mover.

Noting that Malaysia's transport sector accounted for 40 percent of the country's final energy use, Ahmad Husni said a sustainable urban transport would help reduce emission in Malaysia.

He said that a mass rapid transit or metro train carried an average of 1,100 passengers at any one time during the peak period while a single deck bus could carry about 80.

While the average occupancy for each car was about 1.5 persons, it meant that more than 50 cars were needed to move one busload of passengers and more than 700 cars to move one trainload, explained Ahmad Husni.

He urged all stakeholders including local authorities, local communities and civic leaders to encourage greater usage of the public transportation system in the country.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Husni said that the Public Land Transport Commission whose establishment was announced by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was expected to be operational in 2010.

The commission was tasked to provide a long term plan for public transportation in Malaysia.

Source: Xinhua
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