Malaysia’s Prasarana wins Mecca Metro bid

Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana), Malaysian leading owner and operator of mass public transport system and services, has won the bid to be the ‘Shadow Operator’ for Phase One of the Mecca Metro, beating contenders from Turkey and Korea, among others.

Announcing the triumph in a media statement today, Prasarana Group managing director Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar said the win, the first international success by the Group since its venture in to the international market early last year, was a testament to the fact that Prasarana was on par with some of the best rail operators in the world.

“In addition to bringing us closer to realizing our vision to be the preferred provider of a world-class mass public transport system, the win enhances our position to secure the upcoming bids for the operations and maintenance of the four Mecca Metrolines, in addition to the operations and maintenance of the Al-Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Southern Line Project,” said Shahril.

During the recent Hajj season, Prasarana deployed 12 technical personnel from its subsidiary, Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd, to join the team from Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd to temporarily support the operations of the Al-Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Southern Line Project.

Phase One of Mecca Metro covers two lines, with 22 stations spanning across 45.1km, including 24.9km of an underground rail network.

“We would be responsible to conduct preliminary and detailed design reviews for the project, in addition to developing the operations and maintenance specifications and service agreements for the future contractor.

“We will also advise the client in the development of safety and security strategies,” said Shahril.

The $2 million consultancy services contract is expected to begin in December 2014. Phase One of the Mecca Metro is expected to be commissioned by 2019.

“We look forward to a very exciting year ahead. In addition to supporting the Mecca Metro project abroad, we are focused on completing the BRT-Sunway line in mid-2015, in addition to working on the LRT line extension project, as well as preparing for the operations of the MRT SBK Line,” Shahril added.

(Malaysian Insider)


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