Final draft of Greater KL/KV masterplan now on SPAD website (Update #1 – guess what)

Update: It is interesting to note that this post is TRANSIT’s 888th published post!

TRANSIT notes that the final draft of the Greater Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley masterplan has now been posted to the SPAD website under the section about the National Public Transport Masterplan (which, incidentally, should be posted to the SPAD website in December 2011).

You can find the Greater KL / KV masterplan at this link:

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Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to include 2 public transport projects – TRANSIT needs your feedback!

TRANSIT has taken note of the recent public open houses in which the government introduced its proposed Economic Transformation Programme, a wholly-Keynesian spending package that is a combination of economic stimulus plan and economic growth plan.

TRANSIT will post our comments about the ETP projects which are related to public transport, namely:

  • the proposed MRT network for the Klang Valley, including the planning process as well as the public display, planning & construction for MRT Line 1, MRT Line 2 and MRT Line 3; [TRANSIT: Please note that all updates on the MRT are tagged with the prefix MRT Update. For information on the land acquisition controversy in KL Chinatown click here.]
  • the high-speed rail link between KL and Singapore (and some say Penang); [TRANSIT: Please note that all updates on the High Speed Rail are tagged with the prefix HSR Update.]
  • as well as our analysis of an interview with Idris Jala about the two projects above.

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Welcome to TRANSIT!


Welcome to TRANSIT’s website, a source of information & knowledge about public transportation in the Klang Valley and throughout Malaysia.

Navigation of TRANSIT’s website is easy! For more information, on how to get around the TRANSIT website and what we do here, click below to “read more”

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Selangor Government makes unwise decision to proceed with study of elevated highway through Petaling Jaya

TRANSIT took note of the unfortunate news that the Selangor Government will move ahead with studies for the Kinrara Damansara Expressway, also known as KiDEx or the KiDEx “skyway” (a falsely romanticized name just as false as the pictures on their website)

Selangor approves studies on plan for elevated highway, KiDEx (The Malay Mail, 11 April 2014)

The Selangor state government has approved studies to be conducted on the controversial Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (KIDEX) project, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said today.

The Selangor mentri besar also said that public hearings will be held once the studies are completed.

The project has come under heavy criticism from residents worried about pollution and the lack of publicly available details.


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First 2 of 4 car monorail train sets to begin service in August 2014

TRANSIT took note of the announcement from Prasarana that 4 car service on the KL Monorail is expected to begin in August of 2014. All 12 trains are expected to be in service by September 2015.


KL Monorail’s new four-car train to start operation in August (The Star, 9 April 2014)

This comes after the first two trains were delivered by Scomi Rail in Rawang to the depot in Brickfields for testing and commissioning in late January of 2014
New four car monorail trains arrive at depot (The Star, 25 January 2014)

The new 4 carriage trains can carry 430 passengers and will have space for wheelchairs. The monorail stations are being retrofitted with chair lifts (presumably the ones that attach to stairways? Or proper lifts?) and work is expected to be finished soon.


As you can imagine, we are pleased to see improvements to our public transport services…even incremental ones. The KL Monorail is already a decade old and was horribly over capacity in 2005…so the new carriages are a welcome addition.

Indeed, seeing 4-carriage monorail trains may help raise public confidence that the monorail can be more than just a “toy train” and there may be demand for applications of monorail technology in other cities in the Klang Valley, such as Petaling Jaya in place of the proposed Kinrara Damansara Expressway. TRANSIT has long said that the Sunway BRT line with its RM100 million per km cost, might have been better as a monorail … and could have been extended to connect to the Kelana Jaya LRT Line at Kelana Jaya and the Ampang LRT Line at Puchong.

While the 7 month period of testing and commissioning is a bit of a surprise, we expect that this is also related to the re signalling of the monorail system which will allow for faster train movements.

Overall TRANSIT is pleased but will reserve final judgment until we ride the new trains.

ADUNs in Petaling Jaya call for PJ LRT instead of proposed Kinrara Damansara Expressway

Transit took note of the proposal from 4 ADUN in the Selangor State Assembly (representing Petaling Jaya) that the route of the proposed Kinrara Damansara Expressway (a.k.a. “KiDex” or “KIDEX Skyway“) would be better utilized for public transportation.

Image of proposed Rapid Transit (orange) in KiDex corridor (blue)

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Go see the MRT Mock-up at KL Sentral

TRANSIT notes that MRT Malaysia has placed a full-scale partial mockup of the MRT train at the KLIA Express Arrivals Hall at KL Sentral.

This article in the International Railway Journal includes an excellent photo.
The Siemens Inspiro train mockup (with full livery and interior design elements) represents the first time TRANSIT has seen a mockup displayed publicly in Malaysia … a step forward in “public display” techniques. It is not public consultation as we want to see it but it is a step forward.


We note that we have long talked about the value of public interaction with the spaces they occupy…and these spaces include the trains, concourses and platforms of the rail system. We first made a public call for a mockup before the introduction of the first 4 – carriage train for the Kelana Jaya Line, and have made similar calls for the new KL Monorail and Ampang line trains.

We hope that our readers will take the opportunity to see the MRT mockup at KL Sentral and we expect that MRT Malaysia will take public feedback on the design of the train.

Is the proposed pedestrian tunnel between “KL Sentral” (the MRT station) and KL Sentral (the railway and commercial complex) a danger to the public?

TRANSIT took note of an interesting commentary in The Edge business daily about safety risks associated with the proposed pedestrian tunnel connecting the “KL Sentral” MRT Station at Museum Negara with the KL Sentral complex across Jalan Damansara.
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Pengangkutan Adam Iskandar Malaysia (PAIM) revamps website…feedback welcomed

TRANSIT notes that Pernadanan Pengangkutan Adam Iskandar Malaysia (The Iskandar Malaysia Public Transportation Corporation) has recently updated their website and are asking for public feedback.

Contact Info, Complaints & Feedback page
@PerbadananPAIM on Twitter

While TRANSIT has traditionally focused on the Klang Valley and Penang we are seeing a growing demand for public transport in Johor Baru and the Iskandar Development Region.

More importantly, Perbadanan PAIM is the best example of a Local/Regional Public Transport Organizing Authority that we can find in Malaysia. What makes Perbadanan PAIM interesting is that they focus on administration, organization and planning, rather than providing the services themselves…as can be seem from the list of Bus Operators.

This is much more efficient and effective than the current situation in Penang and the Klang Valley, where government-owned companies RapidKL & RapidPenang are engaged in unhealthy and inefficient competition with private bus companies, and information delivery is limited, discouraging public transport users.

This is also more efficient than the current situation in Melaka, where the state government has decided to buy out private bus operators, or in Putrajaya where Pengangkutan Awam Putrajaya is having trouble getting passengers because it is stuck in Putrajaya (rather than serving as the Regional Public Transport Organizing Authority for the Langat Valley from Hulu Langat-Kajang-Putrajaya-Dengkil-Sepang, as TRANSIT has recommended).

And of course the arrangements used by Pernadanan PAIM are much more efficient than public transport that depends exclusively on private corporations…an approach that has ultimately failed public transport users in cities and regions throughout the country.

So please, take a good look at Perbadanan PAIM and give them your feedback…so a good thing can become better. And as always your comments and suggestions and feedback are welcomed. Please add your thoughts to the comments below.

Contact Info, Complaints & Feedback page
@PerbadananPAIM on Twitter

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 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


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