Updates: Greater KL’s Rail Lines

Updates: Greater KL’s Rail Lines

Big plans are in store for the public transportation system in GKL – the state government recently disclosed an ambitious roadmap for development, the Selangor Public Transport Masterplan. 

The master plan, which is yet to be announced publicly will see the state government lobbying the federal government for 316km of mass rapid transit (MRT), light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT), personal rapid transit (PRT) and a new KTM freight line – all which are to be completed by 2035.

The long-term plan which aims to expand existing rail lines to connect the whole of Greater Klang Valley, is based on a “Wheel and spoke” design, very much similar to a (semi) circular shape of a wheel with spokes cutting across to the radius to the centre. 

There are 12 proposals in total. Some of them are highlighted below:

MASS RAPID TRANSIT (MRT)

The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project is the country’s largest infrastructure development up to date and includes three phases in total – MRT Line 1 (Sungai Buloh-Kajang), MRT Line 2 (Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya) and MRT Line 3 (Circle Line in KL City Centre). 

Commuters in Klang Valley will soon have cause to rejoice – The first phase of MRT Line 1, which connects Sungai Buloh to the Semantan station in Damansara Heights is scheduled to begin operations next month. 

Phase 2, on the other hand, which is between the Semantan Station and Kajang will be operational in the not-so-distant July 2017. This line will feature both elevated and underground stations and is expected to run at a frequency of 3.5 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister recently officiated the groundbreaking ceremony for the MRT line 2 in September. It will serve the area from Sungai Buloh via Central Business District of Kuala Lumpur to Bandar Malaysia, Kuchai Lama and Serdang before ending at Putrajaya. Some of its 37 stations will include Jalan Tun Razak, KLCC, Kepong, Sri Damansara, Kampung Batu, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Seri Kembangan, Kuchai Lama and Cyberjaya.

Stretching 52.2km, MRT Line 2 line will include a 13.5km underground section, where there will be 12 stations between Jalan Ipoh and Kuchai Lama. The first phase, from Sungai Buloh to Kampung Batu is expected to be completed by 2021 while the second phase, from Kampung Batu to Putrajaya Sentral, is set to be completed by 2022.

The second route will also intersect with all other rail lines a total of 12 times, with three different stations connecting to the Ampang-Sri Petaling line  and the KTM rail respectively.

The MRT line 3, which is also known as Circle Line 1 due to its circular track, will be built entirely underground. Construction is expected to commence in 2022 and completion is scheduled for 2026. The exact locations of the stations are yet to been confirmed but a rough estimate could be deduced based on the boundary lines set. (dotted yellow line) [P3]

It is expected to cover Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Ampang Jaya, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Tun Razak Exchange, Bandar Malaysia, KL Ecocity, Pusat Bandar Damansara, Mont Kiara and Sentul. The MRT Circle Line will be integrated with the other two MRT lines.

Proposed Extension of MRT Line From Sungai Buloh to Klang

Interestingly enough, these are not the only updates for the MRT lines. There is a proposed extension to the existing MRT Line 2 by the federal government.  The route will connect Sungai Buloh and Klang, as can be seen in the image below. (Yellow Line). [P8]

LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT)

The LRT system will be seeing the introduction of two NEW routes as well. 

The first one – LRT Circle Line 2 South will connect Shah Alam to Putrajaya. (dotted yellow line). [P7]

Proposed Extension of Existing LRT Lines

The proposed extensions will connect existing LRT stations to new areas in GKL.

The first one, will connect Putra Heights (Sri Petaling & Kelana Jaya LRT Line) to the future LRT Circle Line 2. (dotted yellow line). [P11]

The second proposed route, which is 22 km long, will begin at the existing Gombak station (Kelana Jaya LRT Line) and run through Selayang and Kepong. [P4]

Currently on Prasarana Malaysia Bhd’s agenda is the construction and completion of the LRT 3, a new LRT line consisting of 25 stations running from Bandar Utama to Klang, where its final station will be Johan Setia. Route mapping and pre-development matters are currently being formulated. The third proposed line will extend from Johan Setia to Nilai in Negeri Sembilan. [P12]

The final proposal, LRT Bukit Lanjan, is a short route measuring 7km. It will connect Kepong to Bukit Utama, which interconnects with the proposed PRT line. [P5]

PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT (PRT) 

There is also a proposal to introduce Malaysia’s first Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) within a small radius (17km) in Petaling Jaya. The plan is for a tram service which will run through the following areas – the Petaling Jaya KTM station, Seksyen 52, Bandar Utama and Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI). [P10]

KTM FREIGHT LINE 

A new KTM freight line, consisting of two parts – the north route (Serendah-Klang) and the south route (Klang-KLIA-Senawang) is also part of the master proposal.

CONCLUSION 

Implementation of all the proposed rail lines will take place based on which areas have “immediate demand” for public transportation access. Hence, we can only wait and see!

With the population spreading outwards to areas such as Rawang, Cyberjaya and Seremban, there is a pressing need to expand transportation infrastructure. The Selangor’s Economic Planning Unit’s masterplan will be a significant step towards alleviating the chronic traffic congestion experience in Greater KL.

DISCLAIMER: The opinion stated in the article is solely of Ishmael Ho and is not in any form an endorsement or recommendation by iProperty.com. Readers are encouraged to seek independent advice prior to making any investments.

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