What It’s Really Like Taking Public Transportation to Work



What it’s really like taking public transportation to work
By Zan Azlee

I woke up today in an adventurous mood. I suddenly had to urge to head to work by taking our Klang Valley’s notorious public transportation system. I live in a so-called suburb far from the Kuala Lumpur city centre (where I work) because that is the only place where I can afford a decent home to live in. I normally drive and, in rush hour traffic, it can take me up to an hour to reach my work place. To and fro, that’s really two hours a day (ten hours a week!) wasted on the road.

I can afford to live in the city if I wanted to. But it would mean boxed up in a small and tiny concrete compartment somewhere way above ground. I don’t want that. I did when I was single and wanted to have an extra cool bachelor pad to entertain the ladi…. errr… just kidding! But now I have a family and the kid needs space to play.

So back to my story…

After my daily morning run, I sat down in my garden with a glass of orange juice to plot my journey while I to waited for my sweat to dry before going into the shower. It seems that my suburb didn’t have any train stops or even feeder busses to any of the nearest stations (the nearest ones for me are the Shah Alam or Subang Jaya commuter stations). Taking a taxi wouldn’t be very economical so I would actually still have to drive to the station. And that would also mean having to go through a bit of traffic and look for parking space.

Okay fine. I guess a 15 minute drive isn’t as bad as a one hour drive through almost stand-still traffic on the highways. That’s a relatively fair compromise. I also found out that it wouldn’t be just one single train for me. I would first have to take a KTM commuter train from Shah Alam to KL Sentral, then change to a LRT to Masjid Jamek. My google search revealed that it would take me one hour and five minutes to get to KL Sentral and another 15 minutes from there to Masjid Jamek. Then, it’s a ten minutes walk to the office. So all in all, it would take me one and a half hours one way. Two ways means three hours. Compare that to if I were to drive, that’s an additional hour every day. [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]

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