"The year 2016 witnessed the public transport network of Greater KL / Klang Valley which received a significant increase in capacity with the construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the opening of Phase 1 of the MRT Sungai Bulong-Kajang (SBK) line covering 12 stations".
"I asked someone recently, to rate our MRT, where do we stand compared to others".
Najib also touted the MRT line as the newest and "most modern" MRT system in the world.
"If the commuters were to leave their cars at home and take the train, imagine the empty space that we could have on the roads, and vehicle owners could also save time and cost", he said after launching the new route at the Tun Razak Exchange Station here today.
Apart from offering free rides along the MRT SBK line today, Najib also announced a 50 per cent discount on the fares for the MRT, LRT and Monorail services for all users from tomorrow to Aug 31 in conjunction with the independence anniversary of the country. "We are seeing not just the MRT but the shape of the future of Malaysia before our eyes", he added.
He said around 400,000 commuters are expected to use the 51 km route every day.
Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd, which was appointed as the official operator of the MRT service in the Klang Valley, said this in a statement.
Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah said the government had undertaken various initiatives under the National Land Public Transport Master Plan over the last six years to transform the use of public transport, which contributed to the increase in the number of daily passengers to 1.1 million today. "So, let us celebrate yet another symbol of a successful public transportation infrastructure", he wrote on his blog.