Updated with additional photos include aerial, exterior and interior photos!
TRANSIT notes that LRT station Sri Rampai (KJ4) on the Kelana Jaya line, was opened to the public on Friday, 24 December 2010.
More information and photos after the jump!
Here is RapidKL’s statement about the launching:
Petaling Jaya, 22 December 2010:- Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) today announced that Sri Rampai LRT Station (KJ4) will be opened to public this Friday, 24 December 2010.
Sri Rampai Station is located between Wangsa Maju and Setiawangsa stations.
Chief Operating Officer, Rail RapidKL, Nor Hassan Ismail said the station is a two-level at-grade station, with the platform areas (containing two side platforms) constructed below the ground level, while the rest of the structure is located above on the ground level. The station is the only station along the LRT line to be at-grade, compared to other stations’ which are elevated or underground.
Sri Rampai Station is a model station which has modern design with the features such as latest model of tactiles and directional tiles, passenger benches, surau, new signages, covered walkway to the nearest condominium, Desa Putra Condominium. Sri Rampai LRT station is also equipped with escalators, elevators, closed circuit television cameras and other amenities.
With the opening of Sri Rampai Station, RapidKL bus route U25 (Sri Rampai LRT Station – Lebuh Ampang), with 15 to 20 minutes frequency will also be provided for users convenience.
The construction of Sri Rampai Station started in 1996 but was deferred in 1997 due to delayed development and low population of the surrounding area.
The construction resumed in September 2008 and completed early December 2010.
Finally, after 12 years the Kelana Jaya line will be complete … er, with the exception of the station at the Lembah Subang Depot, which they should have put in place years ago.
The ‘grand opening’ of the station took place yesterday and the station was featured in the news media.
This blog features many photos from the Desa Putra Condominium, which gives a great overview of the station complex.
Click here to see a larger version of the image above.
As you can see from this image, buses and taxis must go through the station complex, pass through a roundabout, then exit the station complex through the parking lot. As you can imagine, we foresee great problems with double parking and congestion which will probably delay bus services.
We are also surprised to note from this image that passengers waiting at the bus stop must walk down to ground level in order to access buses, then climb up at least one step between the ground and the level of the bus.
What is the point of building a new, completely accessible station and then failing to ensure that patrons can access the bus service?
For more of @TWK90’s photos of Sri Rampai, please click on this link.
We also wonder whether the station is accessible from neighborhoods on the western side of the station. Common rule of thumb for Transit Oriented Development states that a transit node should positively affect the urban development pattern within the surrounding 400m walking radius. It will be ironic for a transit station to be inaccessible by the very neighborhood which the station name is sought from.