Why Malaysia Urban Mobility Focuses on Public Transport, not Electric Vehicles

Sustainable transportation is part of a future sustainable economy

Motion Digest

Incentives for electric vehicles and subsidies for green technology companies define many countries’ pursuit of reduced urban traffic congestion and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

But Malaysia is taking a different tack — it wants urban commuters to live closer to the land public transport (LPT) network instead.

The agenda is to get 80% of the nation’s urban population to dwell within 400 metres of a reliable LPT service by year 2030, essentially making LPT services the lynchpin of urban mobility in the Greater Kuala Lumpur by then.

A key component to achieve this is transit-oriented developments (TODs). A TOD is essentially a residential complex in an existing urban area that is within easy access to various transportation options.

Urban Mobility: Prasarana Transit Oriented Development in Greater Kuala Lumpur Transit Oriented Development

As the name implies, the primary focus is allowing residents ease of transit to wherever they need to go from home, thereby enabling much shorter commutes with reliable access to…

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