Kuala Lumpur was honored to host the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the second largest game after the Olympics. Inline with this event, the Malaysian Government decided to upgrade the public transportation in the city to be accessible to all, mentioned by the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee. The rate and level of new investment will ensure that improvements in the accessibility of public transport are brought forward more rapidly. Building in accessibility for disabled persons in all new investment is a condition of public money being well spent. Local authorities and transport operators should ensure that the transport needs of disabled persons are factored into their plans and that the full benefits of improved public transport are accessible to all. In order to improve the public transportation facilities, the government had planned a new system of transportation in the city by using Light Rail Transportation (LRT), which was officially launched by former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at the Bukit Jalil station on 11 July 1998. An initial study was carried out by the Accessibility and Safety Research Centre (ACCESS) in the Faculty of Built Environment, University Malaya to investigate and identify the issue of accessible design on selected Light Rail Transits (LRT) stations in the city of Kuala Lumpur, mainly focusing for the wheelchair users. The objectives are to ensure that the design of accessibility is comply with the law, regulations, standard requirements and guidelines; to understand the recent condition and their needs in LRT stations and to allow their secure equal rights and opportunities as others. The research began by obtaining reliable information from literature review. A checklist of building audit was prepared to ensure the design of accessibility. A building access survey was carried out on selected stations which covered three main stages to indicate the pattern of passengers’ path in using the system. Stage 1: From the road curb to the ticket counter. Stage 2: From the ticket counter to the platform. Stage 3: From the platform until reaching the LRT train. A series of questionnaire was also constructed to examine selected target of users in relation to accessible design. Result of findings in this study had been analyzed to assist the LRT management and the station concerned in upgrading their station facilities to a comfortable, accessible, friendly and safe environment in order to encourage more users, including disabled persons to benefit from it.
- public transportation,
- wheelchair users
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