Wednesday, September 16, 2009

LRT extension - Thousands to benefit

Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs (locally referred to as Klang Valley) are serviced by two Light Rail Transit lines, (besides other modes of public transportation). They are the Kelana Jaya and Ampang lines. Thousands of Klang Valley residents will benefit and are looking forward to the proposed extension to both LRT lines.

The Ampang LRT extension would cover 17.7km, and start from the Sri Petaling Station, passing through areas like Bukit OUG, the Bukit Jalil Golf and Country Club, and into Puchong before ending at Putra Heights. It will have 13 new stations.

There will be seven stations with park and ride facilities, six of which will be developed as multi-storey car park complexes. Adequate parking is essential at LRT stations.

The Kelana Jaya LRT extension starts from the Kelana Jaya station, passing through Subang Jaya and USJ, before ending at Putra Heights. It covers 17km with 13 stations.

The line will also have five stations with park and ride facilities.

All stations will be equipped with the usual lifts, escalators, public telephones, surau (prayer areas), and toilets.

It will also be disabled-friendly with facilities for ramps, lifts, low ticket counters and special toilets.

The image below is an artist's impression of one of the new stations on the line.

From Sep 15 until Dec 14, the proposed extension and alignment of the two LRT lines, as well as the facilities provided at the stations, will be on display for public viewing at the following venues:

Department of Railways (Ministry of Transport)
13th Floor, Menara dayabumi,
Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin,
50050, Kuala Lumpur.

Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur
Ground Floor,Menara DBKL 2,
Jalan Raja Laut,
50350 Kuala Lumpur.

Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya
Lobi Menara MBPJ,
Jalan Tengah,
46200 Petaling Jaya.

Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya,
Level 1, Persiaran Perpaduan USJ5,
47610 Subang Jaya.

Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam
Lobby A, Wisma MBSA,
Persiaran Perbandaran,
40000 Shah Alam.

* Display hours are from Mon to Fri from 9am to 5pm. It is closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Members of the public are invited to give their feedback on the proposed lines at the locations for the company to consider all the options to cater to the people living in the community.

The 35km of lines, estimated to cost about RM7bil, will be elevated and are expected to be ready by 2012. Transport company Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd said another 35 four-car trains to the Kelana Jaya line will be added. It now has 35 two-car trains.

Another 12 to 14 six-car trains would be added to the 30 now serving the Ampang line.

Source: The Star.. Thousands to benefit from LRT extension

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