Today, we look at some of the changes that have been quietly made to the design of the KL Monorail stations.
New station signage placed at some stations is consistent with the new station code system which is to be implemented by RapidKL & Prasarana.
Transit watcher Florian has pointed out that the signage does not indicate the direction of travel for the LRT (using a “grey out” method or arrow) which can be confusing for people who are not familiar with the system.
Platform Screen Gates
Similar to the Platform Screen Doors at the underground LRT stations (except shorter) Platform Screen Gates are designed to prevent track intrusions and falls at open/overhead public transport stations.
Bukit Bintang Monorail station
Improvements to Bukit Bintang station have opened up the platform area and also made it safer – but what is also needed is a connection to the Lot 10 property on the other side of the street.
There have been concerns about the design of the monorail stations since they were first introduced to the public. It has been argued that the platforms are too small, the canvas roofs too heat absorbant, tje platforms full of ads, etc.
The efforts of Prasarana to unify the design of the KL Monorail over the past year have been noticed. The orange colours of the KL Monorail station interiors were linked to the corporate colours of KLStarrail Sdn. Bhd., the company that Prasarana created in 2008 when it took over the monorail.
Now that the KL Monorail is being integrated into the RapidKL service, it may be that the stations will be painted once again, to follow the blue-red-white (what, no yellow) colour scheme used in RapidKL’s elevated LRT stations.
Already, it seems that the orange livery of the Tun Sambanthan monorail station has been painted blue.
Now, if they could only resolve some of the other major issues that the monorail has – such as the crowding, the long wait between trains, the limited access, and of course, the mess at KL Sentral.
And where are the new trains mentioned in the Government Transformation Programme Urban Public Transport NKRA?