LRT Update: Check out the Masjid Jamek interchange floor plans (Update #1)

Update: Updated with more comments on the Masjid Jamek interchange integration project!

TRANSIT recently received these great photos showing the Masjid Jamek floor plans after construction is complete.

As you recall, when the project was originally announced, we also tried to get some information about the plans but were not able to then. We did, however, post some information and ideas about this very important interchange station, including a very interesting proposal that was sent to us.

More information after the jump!

The images that were recently shared with us (all courtesy of @Bukhrin who has done some amazing design work for us in the past) clearly show that ticketing services for the station will be integrated and brought up to street level (they were underground for the Kelana Jaya LRT line).

Street Level to/from Ampang Line & Kelana Jaya Line

Masjid Jamek ticketing area (north side of Jalan Tun Perak towards OCBC)

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Masjid Jamek ticketing area (south side of Jalan Tun Perak towards HSBC)

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Ampang Line to/from Street Level

Ampang Line Ampang-bound platform showing passenger movements

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Ampang Line, Sentul Timur-bound platform showing passenger movements

Click here for a larger version of the image above. Note the chair lift from street level to the underground walkway.

TRANSIT Says:

Now this is the kind of information we have been looking for. And, judging by the number of views of this post (2000+ at last count) and click of the above images, it is clear that the public have been looking for this kind of information as well!

And for a very long time, TRANSIT has been saying that it is very important for transit operators and terminal management to create websites that will update the public on public transport projects, refurbishments, renovations, etc.

When Puduraya’s renovations started, we suggested a “Transformasi Puduraya” website. Nothing was created, and the project is delayed without any explanation too.

During the construction of Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, we received many comments and emails asking about topics ranging from leasing shoplots at the terminal to the design of the terminal, facilities etc.

Is that a coincidence? The benefit of these websites is obvious – not only for public relations & marketing but also for openness & transparency. And with 2000+ views of this page so far, it is clear that people want to know what is happening, they want to give feedback, and they want to be part of something new.

So, let’s take a close look at our new Masjid Jamek station. As you can see from the images above, the ticketing booths will be at street level for both LRT lines. The booths on the south side of Jalan Tun Perak will be in the old Ampang line area, while the booths on the north side of Jalan Tun Perak will be under the roof that was built a few years ago.

The pedestrian walkway underneath Jalan Tun Perak will be part of the fare paid area. Unfortunately, the lift on the south side of Jalan Tun Perak only goes from Ampang Line platform level to street level. This means that any OKU persons (or elderly persons, persons with luggage, baby carriage etc.) who want to travel between the Sentul-Timur bound platforms of the Ampang Line and the Kelana Jaya line would have to use a chair lift to access the pedestrian tunnel.

Another observation is that there is still no connection between the Ampang Line platforms – if you want to change direction at Masjid Jamek (for whatever reason) you have to go down to street level to do it.

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27 thoughts on “LRT Update: Check out the Masjid Jamek interchange floor plans (Update #1)”

  1. After taking a look at the floor plan, I feel that the intergration/interchange is still not adequate because the design is still not good enough to handle the ever increasing populations/passengers/bottleneck situations during peak hour. Especially at the width of all exits/entrances and corridors/aisle. They should increase the width by another 2.5 metres and above.

  2. Is the KJ Line ticket counter will still be underground? It seems there that the escalator is in the paid area, so how could passenger go down to the KJ ticket counter without having to buy the ticket first?

  3. @Hazman

    Is this the first day you know our goverment?? That’s why they always create the “Malaysia Boleh” problems.

  4. Pls read paragraph 4 of the article before giving comments:” The images that were recently shared with us clearly show that ticketing services for the station will be integrated and brought up to street level (they were underground for the Kelana Jaya LRT line).”

    Hence, Hazman and Jeffrey are advised to get a pair of quality glasses before reading.

  5. @Hazman

    they not only intergrate the station but the tic too so for Masjid Jamek Station there will ONLY one ticket counter to serve both line which is on the ground level of the station

    @Jeffrey
    I think you should read the post & floor plans carefully before commenting 😉

  6. @Cairel

    Didn’t you know our government is famous for “last minute amendment”?? It happened to the Bukit Jalil Stadium, Shah Alam stadium, some parts of the former lrt project, even to the recently collapsed Gong Badak stadium. In fact, my mega projects also have last minute or half-way amendment, including the Bakun Dam. Don’t be surprised if the outcome product is at least 50% different from the floor plan.

    1. Hi @Lan

      Puduraya’s upgrading works were expected to be completed by the end of December 2010, but there was a delay (apparently water leakage through the new facade, but we never got a satisfactory explanation).

      The building is basically ready now, but the government wants to resolve the issues at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBSBTS) as well as plan for the reopening of Puduraya.

      The latest that we heard was that Puduraya (and TBSBTS) should be ready by the end of February or early in March.

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

  7. I begin to worry about the MRT/LRT interchange. LRT stations both KJ and Ampang lines are not built to handle MRT volume. this bounds for bottle neck problem just like most of our highways and at the end, the commuter or potential commuters might opt for other alternatives

  8. For the Sentul bound platform, I wonder if they considered extending the pre-existing lift shaft all the way down to the tunnel level. As this would make it really convenient and reliable for people utilizing the system.

    Lift technology in Malaysia is very reliable as compared to a chair lift system, which if I find never to be used by anyone and always in a state of disrepair.

  9. I wonder if the finished station will then be monetized just like KL Sentral in which they will have a bazaar kind of thing which blocks pedestrian traffic.

    I sincerely hope they refrain from it.

  10. @Kitty Sam

    DIdn’t you heard from SPAD that they want to emulate Hong Kong MTR stations to maximize and optimize the profit and every inch of commercial spaces?? 80% of SPAD visit to Hong Kong MTR is about commercial, profits and optimize/maximize retails activity. I don’t think they will care much about your complaint. For SPAD, commercial/retail and profits superceeds the wellbeings and benefits of the passengers.

  11. I went to the SPAD 19th Floor in early January 2011 and I talked to a Chinese guy chen or li something (I forgot his name), he is from the communications department. I was there to make a complaint about taxi. I asked him regarding SPAD visit to MTR Hong Kong. He described ten of thousands of things about his visit and I hardly heard him told me about the welfare/benefits and well being of the passengers/consumers/users. Until I asked him what about the welfare and well beings of the passengers, only then he said something about it. He only told me,”Yes we did take a look about this matter (welfare and well beings of passengers).” Furthermore, he blamed mass media for the wrong report that gives the people impression that they hardly visit the aspects of passengers/consumers well beings or welfare/benefits. Well, there is a Chinese saying goes, “真的假不了,假的真不了。(What’s real is impossible to be faked, what’s fake is impossible to be real)” From the way and the tone he talked about passengers welfare and benefits/well beings, I can straight away tell that SPAD visit to MTR Hong Kong hardly pays attention to this aspect of MRT. There is no way he can hide from me and he has nothing much to say about this aspect/topic too. Unless I’m an idiot or I’m having down syndrome, or else I can tell from the way his talking and his tone of voice that their visit to SPAD Hong Kong is really mainly, majorly about profits and the optimum utilization of commercial space. As if he has nothing much to say about it. This saddened me a lot. Unfortunately.

    1. @Jeffrey

      Thanks for the comment. It is quite possible that he (presumably Shen Li) is, like many people, interested in infrastructure and modern & efficient and less interested in public transport as a social welfare service. Since he is only one man, we cannot say that he represents SPAD’s corporate / organizational view (although we can be concerned just as you are).

      It is also quite possible that the SPAD team that visited Hong Kong were not shown anything related to passenger welfare etc. by their hosts.

      On the other hand, it is worth saying that Hong Kong people (and their media) are extremely tough on organization that make mistakes and do not fix the problems so that things never happen again.

      So if we can import the high standards of the Hong Kong media & traveling public along with the modern, efficient railway, we would certainly be better off.

      It is interesting that you mentioned the Hong Kong topic, because we have a post on “Learning the lessons of Hong Kong” that we have been working on for some time – that we hope will be a good warning for anyone who thinks we can import an entire railway system (without the organizational culture & media & social culture) and hope to make it work in the same way.

      Hopefully we will be able to post it before the end of the month.

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

  12. I know SPAD office at SENTRAL 1 was not officially opened in early January 2011 and they claimed that they don’t take in any complain or entertain anybody yet, but I insisted to see one of their officers. I talked to two Malay women and the Chinese guy officer.

  13. @Chan Jer Ping

    Please don’t tell me their visit to MTR Hong Kong involves a lot of confidential and discreet details even comes to the benefits, welfare and well being of the passengers/consumers/users. There is nothing wrong to publicize a bit if they really did something good during their visit to MTR Hong Kong especially related to the welfare, benefits and well beings of the people/passengers.

  14. I hope they will consider having barriers to prevent passenger intrusion on to tracks and wide platform space so that there is sufficient place to wait for trains and design the stations to be wide and have a lot of open spaces and wide corridors.

    1. @Sam

      Masjid Jamek station already has platform barriers underground, and both station platforms can be considered wide.

      Platform barriers on the Ampang line – would be worth considering, but then they have to have automatic train operation so the trains line up with the barriers. Still it is a good idea.

      Regards, moaz for TRANSIT

  15. @Transit

    LoL

    “Platform barriers on the Ampang line – would be worth considering, but then they have to have automatic train operation so the trains line up with the barriers. Still it is a good idea.”

    Are you implying that Malaysian train drivers are not good enough to stop at a certain point on track?

    1. @Sam

      It’s not that I have no faith in Malaysian train drivers, but we are talking about stopping at the exact same point at a station, 99.5% of the time or more, without an error of more than 20cm – every day – forever.

      Even the Kelana Jaya trains (with automatic train operation & automatic train control) do not line up ‘perfectly’ (within 10cm of target) each and every time.

      Besides, there have been two crashes on Ampang line – those were not platform overshoots but they clearly showed the train not being braked in a timely fashion.

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

  16. I can say that the Hong Kong mass media is not hardcore government crony and propaganda like TV3, RTM1, RTM2 etc. of Malaysia. This fact had been proven worldwide!!! That’s why Hong Kong mass media dare to harshly/extremely/accurately criticise the government’s mistakes.

  17. Hi,I am a student who taking architecture course, I having a assignment which need the floor plan of Station Lrt masjid jamek as shown above, so May i request for those Plans from you? Is better if can offer me a scanned version in softcopied or even autoCad softcopied. Thanks for the attention, and here my email address wizard_nikko@hotmail.com

  18. The ticketing gates will still remain at the underground level. This can be seen with the placement of the new ticketing gates which is contributing to the massive bottlenecks instead of relieving it!

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