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This proposed expressway should be Petaling Jaya’s LRT or MRT line!

[Admin; TRANSIT has long objected to the proposed Kinrara Damansara Expressway, as you can see from this draft post which we created 2 years ago]

TRANSIT took note of the proposal to build an elevated expressway through the heart of Petaling Jaya.

TRANSIT opposes the expressway proposal and strongly recommends that the corridor be used to build a north-south rapid transit corridor, likely a monorail or LRT line. We expect that this would cost the same or less than the proposed expressway, occupy less visual space and obviously would not bring pollution on site.

Image showing the alignment of the Kinrara-Damansara expressway, proposed in Budget 2011.

As public transportation this corridor would connect with 4 public transport corridors (either existing/under construction)…the existing KTM Komuter line in PJ Old Town, the Kelana Jaya LRT Line at Taman Jaya, and the LRT extension in Kinrara and the MRT Line, both currently under construction. There is also the proposed Federal Highway Bus Rapid Transit corridor.

This has far greater connection potential than an expressway and will move 10 times as many people.


We see that cities across the world are in the process of taking down elevated expressways and improving their urban realms…while we in Malaysia are unfortunately looking at building more.

We have an opportunity here to build a lasting legacy for public transportation in Petaling Jaya…let’s not mess this up.


New Ampang Line trains introduced (update 1)

Prasarana and RAPIDKL will be introducing the new Ampang line trains at 3 pm on Thursday, February 27th.

Click on the links below for images of the trains.


This article by fz.com is one of many with details about the new trains which will begin arrival in Malaysia in September 2014.

The important details:

*50 units of 6-car trains designed and built by CAR Zhuzhou (which also built the “Six Car Set” for KTM Komuter)
*30 of these trains will replace the trains currently used on the Ampang line … which are only entering their 20th year (generally train carriages are expected to last approximately 30 years … Although the measurement is really based on kilometers traveled rather than time in service)
*20 of the trains will be used on the Ampang line extension when it opens in 2016
*The trains will have open gangway allowing passengers to walk between all the cars (as compared to the 3 pairs of cars in the current trains) spreading out the passenger load

MRT Update: Chinatown businesses question MRT land acquisition (Update #14)

TRANSIT has taken note of another burgeoning controversy, highting complaints & protests over land acquisition along Jalan Sultan in “Chinatown”, KL, as part of the Sg. Buloh – Kajang MRT project.

We have redesigned our post on this topic to present the most recent articles we have seen so far on this issue. The original post follows the articles. Continue reading MRT Update: Chinatown businesses question MRT land acquisition (Update #14)

LRT Update: Prasarana issues international tender for 20 Ampang Line trains. TRANSIT: What features would you like in your new trains?

TRANSIT took note of the following information, an international tender for 20 Ampang line trains to service the LRT extension.

Continue reading LRT Update: Prasarana issues international tender for 20 Ampang Line trains. TRANSIT: What features would you like in your new trains?

Extended LRT and monorail services for football match

Prasarana has announced that there will be extended monorail and LRT services for the upcoming Malaysia-Singapore football match.

Extended LRT and monorail services for football matchKUALA LUMPUR: RapidKL will be extending the operation hours of all its rail services in anticipation of an expected increased in traffic for the second leg World Cup qualifying clash between Malaysia and Singapore tomorrow.

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) media manager Azhar Ghazali said the LRT Ampang line, which runs directly to Bukit Jalil, will be extending its services until 12.30am while the LRT Kelana Jaya line and the KL Monorail will be extended until 1am.

The extension for the Kelana Jaya line, however, is only for entry at Masjid Jamek. For KL Monorail, it would be for entry at Hang Tuah station.

Azhar said that under normal operations, the rail services would conclude at 11.45pm.

Prasarana is the operator of LRT, KL Monorail and RapidKL bus services.

Azhar also advised fans to purchase return journey tickets to avoid long queues after the match.

“We will be opening special counters to sell return journey tickets from 3pm on Thursday at our interchange stations at Masjid Jamek, Hang Tuah and Bandar Tasek Selatan,” he said. — Bernama


No word about extended bus services, though we know that buses could be used to speed people back to their destinations in a service similar to the Expressway Rapid Transit. Wouldn’t that help to discourage people from driving to Bukit Jalil? Especially when they may already be worried that the LRT & Monorail may be crowded – and accessing the services possibly inconvenient.

LRT Update: Kelana Jaya LRT extension ’80 per cent approved’ – nearly 2 years later

TRANSIT took note of some recent articles on the LRT extension projects which state that the local governments have more or less agreed to the Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT extensions.

However, TRANSIT notes that some of the issues regarding the LRT extension routes continue to crop up – either they were not properly resolved, or certain people are just not happy with the resolution.

As always, TRANSIT reminds our readers that there are many sides to every story. In this case, look for at least 4 sides. Continue reading LRT Update: Kelana Jaya LRT extension ’80 per cent approved’ – nearly 2 years later

Updates #95

Updates #95

1. Letter(s): Make them pay for it / Bus lanes not fully utilised (Malay Mail, 21 July 2011) – two letters complaining about bus lanes and buses & taxis that drop off passengers in live lanes.

DANGEROUS: Buses and taxis stopping in the middle of the road pose a danger not only to their passengers but to other motorists as well. RapidKL, please note your accessible bus (V063) is stopped wrongly. Hopefully this isn't a recent picture

2. Video: KVMRT / MyRapidTransit has posted a series of videos on YouTube showing impressions of new MRT stations. You can see the videos at the KVMRT YouTube Channel.

This particular video is for Bukit Bintang Central (not Sentral) station:

Continue reading Updates #95

Occasional closure of ‘shortcut’ bridge at Ampang LRT station generates complaints

TRANSIT took note of this interesting hotline story sharing passenger complaints about the availability of the ‘shortcut’ bridge at Ampang LRT station.

The retractable ‘shortcut’ bridge is used to connect the concourse area of the Ampang LRT station to the ‘island’ platform. As such it passes over a section of live track (referred to as Track 2). When the bridge is retracted, customers must climb the stairs to access the platform as there are no lifts or escalators at Ampang LRT station.

Since service on the Ampang line spur is relatively infrequent (6 minutes between trains during peak hours, 14 minutes daytime, and 18 minutes off peak), the ‘shortcut’ is usually available. However, in some cases trains are parked on track 2 and occasionally, active trains are using track 2.

‘Shortcut’ woes at Ampang LRT (Malay Mail)

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

CLOSED: The bridge being pulled back to allow train to be 'parked'. Image courtesy of The Malay Mail.

WITH the increasing clamour for public transport facilities to be made more user-friendly, especially for the disabled, elderly and pregnant women among others, we find, once again, such a facility apparently doing the opposite. Continue reading Occasional closure of ‘shortcut’ bridge at Ampang LRT station generates complaints

LRT-Monorail integration to be completed soon

TRANSIT took note of this article in the Star which describes a walkabout by Minister of Transport Kong Cho Ha, inspecting the LRT-Monorail “integration” projects which started last year as part of the Urban Public Transport NKRA (although technically the projects were planned by Prasarana before the Government Transformation Programme was introduced).

Kong is the Lead Minister responsible for the Urban Public Transport NKRA and it is nice to see that he is finally making his presence felt on the ground (though not as much as the previous lead minister, Ong Tee Keat).

LRT-monorail integration will be completed soon, says Kong (The Star)

Wednesday April 6, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR: Three areas of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and monorail integration project will be completed soon, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said.

They are in Titiwangsa, Masjid Jamek and KL Sentral.

Continue reading LRT-Monorail integration to be completed soon

Public transport user satisfaction is only 48% (Update #1)

Update: More information and comments on the Urban Public Transport NKRA!

TRANSIT took note of the following article discussing public perceptions & satisfaction with public transport services in the Klang Valley.

Public transport user satisfaction is only 48% (The Star, 28 March 2011)

OVERALL public transport user satisfaction of Urban Public Transport (UPT) services in the Klang Valley is relatively low at 48%. This is despite the many plans successfully implemented to improve this National Key Result Area (NKRA) as reported in the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) Annual Report 2010.

Among the problems that have been identified under the NKRA are peak hour congestion that sees overcrowding in LRT and KTM trains, unreliable service with cancellations or frequent delays due to transport services not adhering to schedules.

Table of NKRA Expectations and results. Image courtesy of the NST.

Click here for a larger version of the image above.
Continue reading Public transport user satisfaction is only 48% (Update #1)