Klang Valley’s Integrated Transportation System

Klang Valley’s Integrated Transportation SystemAs with all other major cities of the world, the transportation system that winds through and connects the many parts of Klang Valley essentially serves as its veins, allowing urbanites to travel into and within it via road or rail. While this system’s reliability is a point of contention among the public with the average use of public transportation in KL standing at alarmingly low percentages, the upcoming Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is aimed at improving the city’s rail connectivity by connecting existing rail networks, making public transportation a more viable option for residents of the city.

 

MRT SYSTEM

The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a railway system used for public transport which is capable of carrying large numbers of people quickly within and urban area. In Malaysia, the MRT will form a crucial part of Klang Valley’s integrated rail network which consists of the Kelana Jaya LRT line, Ampang LRT line, KTM komuter monorail, KLIA Ekspres and KLIA transit.

The MRT Line 1, otherwise called the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line or Blue Line, will connect Sungai Buloh to Kajang and pass through the city centre. The first phase of the MRT Sungai Buloh line, from Sungai Buloh to Semantan, will be in operations at the end of 2016, whereas the second phase from Semantan to Kajang will be operational at the end of July 2017. The Circle line will be next MRT line. This has yet to be announced by the government.

 

RAPIDKL LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT

The RapidKL LRT system is comprised of two lines which are the Kelana Jaya Line and the Ampang Line. Considered one of the most important rail lines in the city as it links Kelana Jaya to Gombak, the Kelana Jaya line primarily serves the Petaling Jaya region and KL city centre as well as the southwest and central areas of the city. The Ampang line is comprised of two sub-lines, formerly known as the Ampang line and Sri Petaling Line, which meet at Chan Sow Lin and end at Sentul Timur in the north.

 

EXTENSION LRT LINES

The Kelana Jaya LRT extension line will commence from Lembah Subang – Kelana Business Centre, through Subang, USJ, Alam Megah and ending at the hub in Putra Heights. The proposed line will consist of 13 new stations and approximately 17km of guideway.

The Ampang LRT extension line will commence from the present Sri Petaling station, passing through Puchong, Kinrara and ending at the hub in Putra Heights. The proposed line will consist of 13 new stations and approximately 17.7km of guideway.

 

OTHER RAIL SYSTEMS

The KTM Komuter system is the oldest railway system in Malaysia and stretches beyond Greater KL but is also considered an important piece of the city’s rail network. It has three lines which are the Sentul-Port Klang Line, Rawang-Seremban Line and Rawang-Sungai Gadut Line. A special standalone line, the KLIA Transit has the primary purpose of connecting KL City Centre with the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), although it has three other stops in-between. Last but not least

is the KL Monorail, which serves to connect KL City Centre with the metropolis’ famed Golden Triangle area. All three of these lines converge at the Kuala Lumpur Sentral hub.

 

BUS RAPID TRANSIT

The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a transit system currently in the works that will comprise separated bus-ways complete with modern stations and integrated pedestrian access. It will also offer feeder services, rapid boarding as well as high service frequency. It is under the purview of Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd.

Presently, the only line is the BRT-Sunway Line which will have seven stations linking commercial locations in Bandar Sunway and Subang Jaya. The project was awarded to Sunway Construction Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sunway Holdings Sdn Bhd, and is expected to be completed in March 2015.

The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – Sunway Line runs on a dedicated elevated road for buses only, which connects to 2 train stations – Setia Jaya KTM station and the proposed LRT station at USJ 6, thus making the Klang Valley the proud owner of a comprehensive and integrated urban transport system at par to those available in developed countries.

 

EXISTING BUS SERVICES

The most used bus service at present is the RapidKL feeder bus system which is also the largest bus network in Malaysia. Metrobus Nationwide is the second largest stage bus and feeder bus operator in Klang Valley, and there are several other smaller bus services that ply Greater KL as well.

 

 

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