This letter, Make it easy for travellers going to Terminal 3, please discusses the revival of the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (SSAAS or Subang) Airport and the problems with accessing the airport.
Public transport access to the airport is relatively good (with RapidKL and Metrobus routes) but not during peak hours. This is because of the traffic congestion on the Federal Highway and portions of Subang Airport Road.
The writer raises suggestions for improved rail service to the Subang Airport by extending the Kelana Jaya LRT line to Subang Airport.
TRANSIT agrees with the idea of an LRT extension in the long term but in the short term, we prefer a different, and far cheaper option – a KTM shuttle train. From the image below, you can see that just west of Subang Jaya KTM station, there is a spur line that reaches up to the airport.
This spur is known as the Sri Subang line. The government has recently indicated that they are interested in the extension, double-tracking and electrification of this line for commuter service to Subang and northern parts of Shah Alam.
Interestingly enough, Subang Skypark, the managers of the Terminal 3 complex, have shown that they are aware of the potential for a rail link and have included renderings of a “Sri Subang” station in their website (see image above). The proposal has also been covered in the news.
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TRANSIT proposes that, for the moment – a diesel shuttle train service be run from KL Sentral station to Subang Airport with 2 station stops along the way – Jalan Templer and Setia Jaya.
The problem is that the rail link actually ends at the south end of the airport complex, quite a distance from the terminal buildings.
In the short term, once the passengers reach the airport complex, then they would need to board a shuttle bus to get to the terminal and the security area.
We think KTMB could provide a shuttle train while MAS/Firefly and MAHB could pay for the costs of upgrading the lines and building a proper station at the airport.
We also suggest that RapidKL extend their T607 (Kelana Jaya Station – Ara Damansara) local shuttle bus route to service the Subang Airport.