LRT station Sri Rampai opens Friday, 24 December 2010 (Update #2)

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.

For further information, please contact Helpline: 03-7885 2585 (7.00am to 8.30pm, Mon-Fri, 8.30am to 5.30pm, Sat-Sun) or visit our website: www.rapidkl.com.my or follow us on twitter: @MYrapidKL.

TRANSIT Says:

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.

Image showing the station complex from above. Bus and taxi stands are clearly shown. Image courtesy of desputracondo.blogspot.com.

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?

The bus waiting area outside of station KJ4 Sri Rampai is located on top of a raised kerb/walkway combination. Image courtesy of @TWK90.
However, passengers must walk down to ground level to access the buses and taxis. No kerbs makes sense for taxi but not for buses. Image courtesy of @TWK90.

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.

Is Sri Rampai station accessible from Taman Sri Rampai? (wikimapia and TRANSIT graphics)
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8 thoughts on “LRT station Sri Rampai opens Friday, 24 December 2010 (Update #2)”

  1. If it was delayed due to low population in the surrounding areas, then I wonder how Abdullah Hukum was ever approved of in the first place.

    1. @Patrick

      A very good question! We can assume that someone was looking at the Tenaga and Kg. Abdullah Hukum lands with “plans” for “redevelopment” (or development in the case of Abdullah Hukum) that would “benefit” the residents of KL.

      You may know that DBKL and SP Setia are supposed to be working on a project on the former Kampung Abdullah Hukum lands – they were “gracious” enough to move the residents (who they callously described as “squatters” although the Kampung may predate KL) into low-cost apartments near the “Taman Shanghai” water treatment pools – but no “development” has taken place on the former Kampung site yet.

      Despite expected redevelopment in Bangsar (Lever Bros. lands) which will eventually stretch southwards to the Tenaga Nasional lands, we expect that Abdullah Hukum will remain the lowest used LRT station on the Kelana Jaya line for the forseeable future.

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

  2. Connecting Abdullah Hukum to MidValley / Gardens wont be feasible as the distance seems quite far. I once tried walking and it took such a long walk despite appearing quite near

    It would be interesting to know if RapidKL does some analysis by stations on which are the most used, cost, and revenue for each stations..

  3. hey transit..

    I happen to stumble upon this letter written by the president of KTMB and I must say that I found this most interesting. I am not sure if you have read it

    http://www.mot.gov.my/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=751&Itemid=180

    or written an article about it, but if you have my bad…

    anyways I found this most informative and I sincerely hope that you will deconstruct it and relay the information on your website.

    Most of us don’t know about KTMB’s issues and it really is a breath of fresh air to hear something like this.

    Also could KTM do more to communicate this kind of issues and share it with the public, the negative perception of KTM comes from what appears to be KTMBs lazy attitude of not doing much when it comes to communicating with the public.

    Thank you

    kthx bai

    1. Hi @Bob

      Thanks for the link. We have seen the letter from Dr. Aminuddin and have thought to comment on it but it would really be more of the same as we have said for years.

      Basically, here is the situation

          KTMB is underfunded
          The Ministry of Finance which owns KTMB has not invested in train carriages in a timely fashion to replace the poorly designed Union Carriage trains. The earliest trains from Ganz-Jenbacher are running well enough, but there aren’t many parts left
          Bringing KTM Komuter up to TRANSIT’s standards (5 minute frequency during peak hours, 10 minutes minimum all other times) will require billions of RM in investment in track, including new rail routes
          It would be far better to spend money to upgrade KTM Komuter service than build a new MRT along the KL-Klang route
          Even if KTM Komuter service is transferred to the control of Prasarana, it would not make much difference, since Prasarana is also owned by the Ministry of Finance.

        We do appreciate the link and will make a posting as soon as we can.

        Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

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