Malacca Aerorail Proposal – routes & stations (Update #1)

Update #1: TRANSIT notes that there are some broken links on this page. We are trying to find the original images to upload.

Site Plan / Pelan Tapak
Source: [url]http://www.aerorail.net[/url]

The images below show the proposed Malacca Aerorail design, including route maps and stations.  It is interesting to see how the Malacca LRT has now become an “Aerorail” design.  Are Malacca residents ready to try out a relatively untested public transport technology in their city?

The planned phases of the Malacca Aerorail proposal.  The first phase is from Jalan Tun Ali to the MBMB building. The second is from MBMB to the Zoo Melaka in Ayer Keroh
The planned phases of the Malacca Aerorail proposal. The first phase is from Jalan Tun Ali to the MBMB building. The second is from MBMB to the Zoo Melaka in Ayer Keroh

Phase 2 Zoo station to MITC Station
Phase 2 Zoo station to MITC Station
Phase 2 MITC Station to MMU Station - note the sharp turn just after the MITC Station
Phase 2 MITC Station to MMU Station - note the sharp turn just after the MITC Station
Phase 2 MMU station to MBMB Interchange (Phase 1)
Phase 2 MMU station to MBMB Interchange (Phase 1)
Phase 1 MBMB Station to College Station
Phase 1 MBMB Station to College Station
Phase 1 College Station to Tun Ali Station
Phase 1 College Station to Tun Ali Station

All images above are courtesy of Aerorail.net

TRANSIT Says:

The majority of congestion problems in Malacca can be found in the old city (Jalan Laksamana) and the reclaimed  sea front area (Plaza Mahkota / Banda Hilir and Kota Laksamana areas).

The Aerorail as originally proposed would have extended all the way from Jalan Tun Ali to Banda Hilir.  It was originally said to be following Jalan Hang Tuah, crossing the Melaka River at the Clock Tower – which would have a clear impact on the heritage core area & buffer zone.

However, as you can see in the image below the current proposal goes nowhere near the heritage core area (in pink) and buffer zone (in yellow):

Map showing that the route of Phase 1 and 2 of the Melaka Aerorail does not come close to the heritage area
Map showing that the route of Phase 1 and 2 of the Melaka Aerorail does not come close to the heritage area

This is a very interesting situation.  The Aerorail will operate over existing roads but in areas that are not very much congested.  For this reason, we still ask the following questions:

  • How will the Aerorail actually improve traffic congestion in Malacca?
  • Are these improvements worth the cost of the proposed Aerorail?
  • Will the Aerorail be integrated with the existing bus-based public transport system?
  • How will people reach the heritage areas and Banda Hilir?

Without a complete and integrated public transport plan, the Aerorail will just be a nice gimmick, attracting attention but not solving the real problems.

We conclude our observations with two images, showing a model of the proposed Aerorail station, which as you can see is pretty close to the ground level.  We will try to find more information about the size of the station, planned capacity, whether it will be accessible (or not) and other details.

End view of typical Aerorail station - model
End view of typical Aerorail station - model
View of a typical Aerorail station - model
View of a typical Aerorail station - model

As above, your feedback is quite welcome.

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13 thoughts on “Malacca Aerorail Proposal – routes & stations (Update #1)”

  1. Living in Peringgit, hell yeah i can’t stand the increasingly unending traffic congestion that happen almost everyday.
    However, building a multi-BILLION ringgit project for such short n totally unnecessary route, what on earth is going on on here??

    I’ve commute with public transport before n yeas, if i kept on riding the bus for everyday till now, i probably will got dementia or some sort of mental disorder or perhaps heart attack because of hypertension at young age.

    Waiting for the unscheduled, old n dirty bus was a daily nightmare for me. Lucky me i now can afford to go anywhere when i have my own tranportation.

    it’s just that, come on. Is this really the solution??
    Wouldn’t it a total waste of taxpayers money???

    The to make the traffic better, i don’t think this is the solution. PLEASE improve the public transportation 1st. Make it more fixed. Make at least Rapid Melaka.

  2. Initially there would be no “taxpayers money involved” since the project will be privately financed.

    However, if the project does not turn out to be a success, and if the company Pyramid Express Sdn. Bhd. cannot pay back its loans (like, oh, I don’t know, KL Monorail Sdn. Bhd.) then it is quite possible that the government will have to arrange a bailout / buyout once again.

    That will cost taxpayers money.

    Our solution for Malacca will be pretty similar to our solution for Klang, Ipoh, and Penang – an integrated public transport system that focuses on building “rapid-transit corridors” in the city.

    Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Merdeka and Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz will be ideal for these rapid-transit corridors. Developing corridors going from the coast to the interior will be more challenging, however.

    Sincerely

    Moaz Yusuf Ahmad
    on behalf of TRANSIT

  3. Have I misinterpret the information from the Aerorail link?

    A suspension type of train has a capacity of 175 – 200 passenger per train?

    I hope they have conducted a thorough study for picking up suspension type of train over the rail track type of train and not merely because it is unique or first in Malaysia.

    One could not help but to think about the public transport safety in Malaysia especially even monorail or LRT are bound for accident. Lucky no one injured in both incident.

  4. I reckon the only type of rail that can do the least impact to the heritage zone is surface rail. But with only narrow streets leading towards the clock tower, even a street level tram line would be a tough proposition.

    Well, this may be outside TRANSIT’s usual discussion …

    Old Malacca is currently not a nice place to be walking around. In addition to the current closure of roads around A Famosa, I would suggest the conversion of the following touristy streets into pedestrian malls too: Jln Laksamana from clock tower to SFX church, Jln Merdeka from clock tower to the Maritime Museum, and the whole of Jonker St.

    The main focus should be foot traffic and non-motorized vehicles: bicycles & trishaws. Limited motor vehicle access can be granted to residents, hotel guests and goods deliveries but they have to treat the streets as a shared street.

    As for rail, it can probably come from Tmn Kota Laksamana and a station somewhere between Port Authority and Plaza Mahkota would be ideal. This would serve both malls while close enough for tourists to walk to Stadhuys. Tour buses should also drop off tourists and park here. To encourage walking (and gawking), plant more trees! The place is unbearably hot during the day. Or just provide those trams that they use at Universal Studios.

    I’m basing this suggestion on Denver’s 16th St Mall and Vieux Quebec. Bear in mind I have only limited experience with Malacca.

  5. Growing up in a medium income family at malacca have resort me to public transport. And it is a nightmare, the bus never came on time, stop whenever they want, bumpy and dirty busses and reckless driver. I am glad i am stilll alive after all these year. So i would recommend the government to only implement the first phase. Use the money for second phase to improve teh bus system.

  6. I recall looking at the pictures of the artist’s impression some time ago and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry….or do something worse!

    Thank you Moaz for pointing out the potential scenario a la KL Monorail. This whole project is just a collosal waste of money. But then again, it will certainly fatten the pockets of the dear Chief Minister and his cronies.

    Is it really that difficult to simply implement an organised bus system, similar to Rapid Penang or perhaps Rapid KL???? Malacca could certainly benefit from some kind of rail system in the years to come. However, before embarking on this ridiculous Aerorail project, the state government could look into the possibility of restoring the old railway line from Gemas to Malacca, which will certainly benefit a lot more people, esp. in the rural areas and in the rapidly expanding suburban section of Malacca City.

    1. Hi Loh.

      Many of those pictures were just hyperlinked to TRANSIT rather than uploaded. So it is possible that the original picture has been taken down. However, we will try to find the material and upload it.

      Regards, Moaz

  7. Rapid Melaka yeah! but with melaka bus driver behavior i guest melaka rapid will end up a nightmare diarhoeaa

    proceed with aerorail or tram

  8. apa waste money only.. malacca is only congested during weekends okay people.. its a waste of money on building with the routes… places which is really jam is the tesco, pahlawan, and jonker area.. oh please..

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