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Rail transportation demand and impact study for Batu Pahat, Kluang and Mersing

Hassan, Mohamed Warsame (2015) Rail transportation demand and impact study for Batu Pahat, Kluang and Mersing. Masters thesis, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.


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The increasing dependency on private motor vehicles has brought massive traffic congestion and thus, signalized notable demand for effective and efficient public transportation. Rail transit system in Malaysia, particularly in Johor is required in-line with the increasing concern for global environmental and climate change issues towards socio-economic development and population growth in Johor. This study is conducted to investigate the demand for rail transportation system which is proposed to link Batu Pahat, Kluang and Mersing districts which are expected to experience rapid growth in the near future. It is also conducted because currently, there is a remarkable socioeconomic development, traffic growth and fast urban growth in the selected study area. However, it was found that there is no plan to establish a sustainable transportation system specially a rail transportation system and this study is carried out to fill up this ,' gap. The research methodology for this study is by several method of data collection using traffic impact assessment, public survey, site observation, interviews with railway industries and local authority. This is to investigate the current environmental status, socio-economic and existing traffic condition of Batu Pahat, Kluang, Mersing districts. It determines the needs to possibly link Batu Pahat, Kluang and Mersing using a rail network, with the evaluation of the viable railway line alignment and its projected impacts. From the study, it was found that approximately more than 60% of the response showed that rail transportation is demanded along the study area. Traffic projections indicated that about 3% of the year traffic growth and latest demographic statistics forecasted growth of about 2% (Batu Pahat), 1% (Kluang), and 0.1% (Mersing) yearly population growth. In conclusion it was found that if the railway route line proposed is viable and has a potential as future public transportation especially to connect Batu Pahat, Kluang and Mersing towns, implementing this Johor East-West rail network project will be able to heighten the environmental performance, socio-economic growth and the mobility of the townships population concerned.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: T Technology > TF Railroad engineering and operation
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 06:07
Last Modified: 18 May 2016 06:07
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/8027
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