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Malaysia: Public transport in Kuala Lumpur [free access]

March 1, 2017

The current public transportation system consists of buses, BRT, light-rail transit (LRT), monorail, express rail link (ERL) and commuter rail.

 

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) operates rail and bus services under the brand RapidKL. In January 2013, Prasarana underwent major corporate restructuring under the Go Forward Plan 2.0 (GFP 2.0). The new structure includes the creation of four new entities – Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd, Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd, Prasarana Integrated Management and Engineering Services Sdn Bhd (PRIME), and Prasarana Integrated Development Sdn Bhd (PRIDE). 

 

The private bus operators include Metrobus, Triton, Len Seng, Selangor Omnibus and SJ Bus. The bus rapid transit (BRT) Sunway Line is a public-private partnership project between Prasarana and Sunway Group. Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) is the national railway operator of Malaysia.

 

The following table provides details of public transport in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Table: Public transport in Kuala Lumpur

System

Details

LRT 

Line

Route

Length (km)

Stations

Date of opening

Ampang Line (LRT)

Ampang-Chan Sow Lin

8.1

8

December 1996

Sri Petaling Line (LRT)

Putra Heights-Sentul Timur

37.0

29

July 1998; June 2016 (latest extension)

Kelana Jaya Line (LRT)

Gombak-Putra Heights

46.4

37

September 1998; June 2016 (latest extension)

KL Monorail

KL Sentral-Titiwangsa

8.6

11

August 2003

Total

 

100.1

83*

-

Airport rail links (ARLs)

ERL service

Description

KLIA Ekspres 

The rail link extends 57 km from KL Sentral station to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and a further 2.14 km to KLIA-2. The ERL terminus at Sentral station functions as a city airport terminal. Two types of services are provided – KLIA Expres and KLIA Transit. KLIA Expres is a non-stop train service from Sentral station to KLIA and KLIA-2.  KLIA Transit is a transit train, which stops at two stations – Putrajaya and Salak Tinggi – en route to KLIA and KLIA-2.

Bus system

Type of bus service

Description 

Tempatan

Carries passengers from residential areas to the main routes.

Utama

Carries passengers from the main routes to the city hubs.

Bandar

Carries passengers from the city hubs to their final destination in the city centre.

Ekspres

Offers a non-stop ride from key points around the Klang Valley to the city centre.

BRT

System

Description

Sunway Line

It covers seven stations in Bandar Sunway and United Estate Projects Subang Jaya (USJ), a major affluent residential township located in Subang Jaya, Selangor.

National and regional rail service

System

Description

KTM Intercity

It offers train service between cities and major towns in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Most of the services operate from Sentral station.

KTM Komuter

It provides commuter rail service to the surrounding suburban areas. It has two lines, which cover 41 stations. The lines span a longer distance and have less frequent service compared to the LRT.

Source: Global Mass Transit Research