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Kuala Lumpur's rail-based transit system consists of two light rail transit lines, one monorail, commuter rail system, and one airport rail link.

The Rail Transit Network includes the Kelana Jaya Rail Line (previously known as PUTRA) and the Ampang Rail Line (previously known as STAR) , the KL Monorail, along with the KTM Komuter lines and the Express Rail Link airport lines. This system presently constitutes the entire public rail network of Kuala Lumpur.


Different companies operate the various systems and developed them separately at different times. As a result, many of the lines do not integrate well, making transferring from system to system inconvenient for passengers. Moving from one system to another often require a lot of walking, stair-climbing, escalator-use and even crossing busy roads. For example, the KL Monorail's "KL Sentral" station is a 140 m walk away through a busy bazaar and a busy road.

Now, Rapid KL which is also a major bus operator, has taken over and operates the Kelana Jaya Rail Line, the Ampang Rail Line as well as the KL Monorail. The network comprises 60 stations with 64.6 kilometres (40.1 mi) of route among the three lines.

The two LRT (Light Railway Transit) Lines operate on standard gauge rail, while the KL Monorail operates on an ALWEG straddle beam. All trains are fully air-conditioned and train services operate from 6.00 a.m and typically end before midnight daily, with frequencies varying from approximately three minutes during peak hours to fourteen minutes during non-peak hours. For details on train routes, operating hours and train frequency -
Check-out > Rapid KL Website.
 

Ampang Rail Line
Running through 25 stations covering the far corners of the Klang Valley, the system links Sentul Timur, Ampang and Sri Petaling through the city centre.

The line consists of two branch lines, with one major leg of the line is shared: Sentul Timur to Chan Sow Lin (shared stations between the two sub-lines), which branches out to - Chan Sow Lin to Ampang and Chan Sow Lin to Sri Petaling.
 

Kelana Jaya Rail Line
The line Covers a total distance of 29 km linking the eastern and western suburbs of Kuala Lumpur servicing some of Kuala Lumpur's most affluent and heavily populated areas. The line runs from Kelana Jaya to Gombak, serving the Petaling Jaya region to the south; southwest and central Kuala Lumpur, and Kuala Lumpur City Centre to the centre; and low density residential areas further north.

There are 24 stations stations, in a north-south direction, consisting primarily of elevated stops and a handful of underground and at-grade stations.


KL Monorail
The system consists of two parallel elevated tracks running 8.6 km with that serves a total of 11 stations located along the southeast and northeast regions of Kuala Lumpur.

The two-car trains begins from the Titwangsa Station at Jalan Tun Razak in the north and passes through Kuala Lumpur's 'Golden Triangle' (central business district) before reaching KL Sentral in Brickfields.

Of the 11 stations, 4 are designated as "integrated stations" that are used as interchanges to and from the Ampang Line, Kelana Jaya Line or other transit services provided at Kuala Lumpur Sentral.
 

KL Sentral Station
WKL Sentral is the largest railway station in Southeast Asia and was designed as an inter-model transportation hub. Most of Kuala Lumpur's passenger rail lines serve KL Sentral, while many intercity trains serving Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore also start here.


The following rail services are available in KL Sentral:
Express Rail Link (ERL):
- KLIA Ekspres: high-speed direct train to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)
- KLIA Transit: high-speed transit commuter train service to KLIA with 3 quick intermediate stops.
KTM Komuter: Sentul-Port Klang Line and Rawang-Seremban Line with the Rawang-Kuala Kubu Bharu Shuttle Route.
KTM Intercity: Intercity trains that connects from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok and Singapore.
Electric Train Service (ETS): Electric transit trains that connects from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh.
RapidKL LRT - Kelana Jaya Line: Kelana Jaya-Gombak light rail transit (LRT) service.
KL Monorail's KL Sentral station: Across busy Jalan Tun Sambanthan, a 410 metres walk away by covered walkway.

For details on the various services listed above - Check-out > KL Sentral Website.
 

KTM Komuter
This electrified commuter train service operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB - Malayan Railways), caters especially to commuters working in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding Klang Valley suburban areas. Coaches are modern and air-conditioned.

KTM Komuter's 175 km (109 mi) metre gauge network has 45 stations. It consists of two cross-city routes, namely the Sentul-Port Klang and Rawang-Seremban lines, plus a shuttle service from Rawang to Tanjung Malim

Passengers for Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) may take the KTM Komuter to Nilai Komuter halt and change to an airport bus, or they may change at KL Sentral station onto the dedicated KLIA Ekspres. KTM Komuter tickets are sold at counters and via vending machines, available at all stations.
 

KLIA Ekspres / ERL
This Is a non-stop, airport rail link service between Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KL Sentral) and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as well as to KLIA 2. The service is run by Express Rail Link (ERL). The non-stop 57 kilometre journey takes around 28 minutes with trains departing at 15 minute intervals during peak hours and 20 minute intervals during off-peak hours.

First train: 0500hrs / Last train: 0000hrs.
Peak Hours: 0500hrs - 0900hrs & 1600hrs - 2200hrs
Off-Peak Hours: 0900hrs - 1600hrs & 2200hrs - 0000hrs

KLIA Ekspres air-conditioned carriages are equipped with comfortable contoured seats, a washroom, overhead racks for light luggage and tiered racks for large luggage. Special wheelchair seat compartments have been allocated on board for the disabled

Travellers from KL Sentral to KLIA can purchase the tickets to board the KLIA Ekspres at the KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) which is an integral part of the KL Sentral transport hub. Ticketing is done either by automated ticketing machines or by ticketing staff at the stations

The service shares the line with KLIA Transit, which stops at all stations along the line. Both KLIA Transit and KLIA Ekspres services are often referred to by Malaysians simply as the ERL, or Express Rail Link.

For updates on schedules and fares for KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit -
Check-out > KL Ekspres Website.

 

NEWS

LRT Line Extension Project

The western end would be extended to the suburbs of Subang Jaya such as UEP Subang Jaya (USJ) and Putra Heights to the south-west of Kuala Lumpur. The expansion plan will also see the Ampang Line extended to the suburbs of Puchong and the south-west of Kuala Lumpur The plan also involved the construction of an entirely new line, tentatively called the Kota Damansara-Cheras Line, running from Kota Damansara in the western portion of the city, to Cheras which lies to the south-east of Kuala Lumpur. The project is expected to be completed in first quarter of 2016.

Ampang Line - The proposed extension line starts from Sri Petaling Station and passes through Kinrara, Puchong, and ends at Putra Heights. The extension is 17.7km long with 12 new stations
Kelana Jaya Line - The proposed line extension will begin from Kelana Jaya station and pass through 13 new stations, including Subang Jaya and USJ before ending at Putra Heights, covering a distance of 17km.

MRT (Mass Transit Rail) Project
If you notice the mess of construction going on especially near the streets of the City, it is probably the multi billion dollar project called "The MRT Project". Commenced in mid 2011 and expected to be completed in 2016.

This is a 3-line mass rapid transit system that will pass through the city centre and serve densely populated suburban areas including Kota Damansara, Mutiara Damansara, Bandar Utama, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Bukit Damansara, Cheras, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn and Balakong, with a total catchment population of 1.2 million people.
 


Related Services - Transfers & Vehicle Charters

Transfer services from and to Kuala Lumpur as well as vehicle charter with driver services within the city.


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