, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 275–294 | Cite as

Financing public transport systems in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: challenges and prospects

  • Amin T. KiggunduEmail author


Most major cities across the world today are facing an intractable challenge of financing public transport. In Kuala Lumpur for example, public transport services are somewhat poor in part because of the failure of major operators to secure ample funding. Previous funding programs implemented in the city have failed to produce a replicable model for financing public transport. Due to numerous financial problems and the dismal performance of privately owned transport firms, the State has in the recent past emerged as a key source of funding for the public transport sector in Kuala Lumpur. This article argues that, despite the insuperable challenges, prospects for the future funding of public transport in Kuala Lumpur appears to be good. The article also draws lessons from both Tokyo and Hong Kong. In order to address the funding deficit facing the public transport industry in the city it is crucial that more viable strategies and policies such as value capture and public–private sector partnerships are adopted by the urban authorities.


Public transport Financing Rail concessions Franchising Value capture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture, Faculty of TechnologyMakerere UniversityKampalaUganda

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