A 40 per cent increase would mean it added 56,000 new daily passengers or 196,000 total, surpassing last year’s ridership target of 150,000 passengers a day.
But even with 200,000 daily passengers, the MRT SBK line remains largely underused.
Last year, the previous deputy finance minister claimed the Rapid Rail needs at least 250,000 passengers daily to recoup cost. Based on ridership volume estimates from news reports, January 2019’s traffic projection is still short on target.
MRT is for future and the success is not judged by today ridership but it is ability to spur development along the line, more efficient public transport (and remove more cars from road). Assuming that SBK line has 5% ridership growth per year... In 5 years gov needs to look into build another mrt line already which will take another 7-10years from planning to operational.