The SkyPark Link is Malaysia’s second airport rail link, providing an express service between KL Sentral and Subang SkyPark through the new Terminal SkyPark station. This new limited-stop service only makes one stop at Subang Jaya, before taking the new branch line to Terminal SkyPark.
Tickets for the SkyPark Link can be collected from the KTM Komuter ticket counter beside Gate D at KL Sentral. Tickets are FREE of charge from 1 May 2018 to 30 June 2018.
Once the actual fares are introduced, KTM may charge the following with a 50% discount for OKUs, Senior Citizens, Children between 2-6 years old and Students:
- KL Sentral – Terminal SkyPark: RM15
- KL Sentral – Subang Jaya: RM10
- Subang Jaya – Terminal SkyPark: RM5
Source: MOT Facebook
The SkyPark Link uses the typical KTM Komuter token as the ticket.
The timetable of the SkyPark Link as posted beside Gate D.
Entry to the SkyPark Link platform is also via the usual KTM Komuter gates.
Tapping my token chip to access the SkyPark Link like a normal KTM Komuter train. I’m not sure how KTM would differentiate a RM10 KL Sentral – Subang Jaya ticket from the usual RM2.60(cashless)/RM2.90(cash) fare, especially for those who are using cashless modes of payment such as Touch ‘n Go or the KomuterLink card.
A SkyPark Link exhibit at the concourse after the ticket gate.
Thank goodness KTM touted it as The New Facelift for the 22 year old 83 Class EMUs instead of new trains for SkyPark Link.
Some service information on the SkyPark Link, but I have doubts that there will be 3,250 passengers daily.
The SkyPark Link departs from Platform 3 at KL Sentral, the same platform as long-distance ETS trains. However, I’m not sure about what will happen at the end of next year when (hopefully) Platforms 1 and 2 for ETS trains are open again.
Heading down to Platform 3.
Hmm, where is the train?
Oh, it’s somehow at Platform 4 for trains to Batu Caves. Why can’t KTM get this right even with both lines clear of trains?
The SkyPark Link at Platform 4.
Passengers have to really look out for the train destination as the platform information displays still state that the next train is for Batu Caves. A passenger would still walk into the SkyPark Link as it looks like a normal Komuter train from outside (because it is).
The interior of the 83 Class SkyPark Link train, which is essentially the same as the usual sets found in the KTM Komuter Northern Sector but with orange seat covers and a lot more decals pasted around the train.
The SkyPark Link has a Priority Zone at both ends of the train with seats still in the old blue seat covers.
Luggage racks are installed in place of the standing area, though I’m not sure if the emergency ladder is still easily accessible with the new luggage rack blocking half of the opening.
New orange decals in line with the overall SkyPark Link theme is in place.
Free WiFi is available on the SkyPark Link train.
An empty slot is available in the Priority Zone for a wheelchair or baby stroller.
The route map of the SkyPark Link.
The longitudinal seats on this 83 Class set (EMU30) make it a little bit hard to sit back and relax as compared to EMU25 with transverse seats made up of former 81 Class seats.
The door has also been stickered over with a SkyPark Link-themed decal.
A Prayer for Boarding Vehicle (Doa Menaiki Kenderaan) is also pasted on the end of each coach by the gangway.
I’m not too sure about the part about shopping and education for the SkyPark Link.
The new decals at the end of the coach.
I’m not sure if this is overselling the product by asking passengers to “experience the wonders of SkyPark Link“.
More random words around the SkyPark Link train.
Now to comment on the SkyPark Link route map. KTM seems to have forgotten their own KTM Komuter service available at KL Sentral, and the KL Monorail logo is no longer in use as it is now taken over by Prasarana and operated by RapidKL.
Similarly, there is no interchange option to the KTM Komuter at Subang Jaya (since KTM wants to treat the SkyPark Link as a separate service).
I’m not sure why KTM bothers to put in the station names that are NOT served by the SkyPark Link. This will bring about confusion to passengers who may be expecting a stop since it is listed on the route map.
The hopper windows have a new decal as well, and all main windows are unfortunately annoyingly stickered on.
Some more new decals around.
Instructions for the emergency door handle.
Fun fact: The Land Public Transport Act 2010 under Chapter 5 Section 75 Subsection 7 states that “A person who refuses, when lawfully demanded, to pay the appropriate fare for the distance which he has travelled, commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both.”
As such, KTM is offering a huge discount to you for at a low price of only RM30 and no jail term. So don’t complain. Or simply purchase your ticket before you get on board the train.
The train made a brief stop at Subang Jaya for about 1 minute.
The SkyPark Link 2803dn arrived at and departed from Subang Jaya 3 minutes late.
Splitting away from the main Pelabuhan Klang Line to the new branch line to Terminal SkyPark.
Annoying stickers on 100% of the window are making it hard to take photos. How do I know that this is a sticker? Because the air bubbles haven’t been completely let out yet.
The scenery as viewed from behind the sticker.
The sunrise over Subang marred by the sticker.
Entering Terminal SkyPark station.
The SkyPark Link 2803dn arrived at Terminal SkyPark 1 minute late.
Why am I being particular about punctuality on this line?
An airport rail link should be one of the most reliable train lines as passengers travelling to the airport are most likely having to catch a plane, and one minute does make a difference especially for check-in. Furthermore, to win over customers, the airport rail link should prove to be more reliable than any other means to access the airport.
EMU30 is parked beside a resting EMU29 at Terminal SkyPark. EMU30 will rest here for 168 minutes for the next departure at 9.55am to KL Sentral.
The station sign of Terminal SkyPark.
The end of the line for the Terminal SkyPark branch.
More signs overselling the SkyPark Link – sorry, you can only explore Subang Jaya and KL Sentral from this platform. For the rest of the world, try KLIA and klia2 instead.
The overhead lines seem a little bit higher than the usual height on the existing lines.
Downstairs, the concourse area looks like an LRT station rather than a Komuter station. This is KTM’s second elevated station in the whole network, with the first being Sungai Gadut.
The new fare gates at Terminal SkyPark.
Two wide bi-directional fare gates are provided for travellers with luggage.
Drop the token chip in to the fare gate to exit.
The ticket counter and vending machines at Terminal SkyPark.
A similar exhibit detailing the SkyPark Link service at Terminal SkyPark.
When you don’t have budget to increase trains from a 2-hourly frequency but you have just enough budget for a billboard instead.
Porter service and luggage trolleys are available at Terminal SkyPark station…
… but porters are nowhere to be seen and I don’t see how the trolleys can become useful when the only exit is by stairs.
Also, how about passengers in wheelchairs? Wide fare gates are provided with lifts to the platform but the designer somehow forgot about the entrance to the station.
The exterior of Terminal SkyPark station.
Even the path for the visually impaired are up the stairs to the station.
Anyway, here’s the multi-million ringgit linkway to Subang SkyPark. Not a very welcoming sight for a first time visitor to Malaysia considering that there are international flights from Batam, Hat Yai and Singapore to Subang SkyPark.
The end of the line as seen from the linkway.
The linkway skirts around the car park.
It’s a gentle downhill walk from the Terminal SkyPark station to Subang SkyPark.
Another left turn is made parallel to Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang.
Some banners advertising the SkyPark Link service to drivers approaching the Subang SkyPark car park. (???)
The project information board still stands.
The entire length of Terminal SkyPark station.
Crossing the entrance to the Subang SkyPark car park.
Um, tactile flooring for paths across the road should be in a shorter horizontal pattern I think?
The linkway leads to the existing overhead bridge to Subang SkyPark, with a new lift on the side, and with a ramp that leads to it. Now all that’s needed is a ramp to the train station.
From afar, I thought that the lift was still under construction but nope, that’s the final design of the lift shaft.
The lift probably fits one wheelchair and one assistant with luggage, 3 people with luggage or 6 people without luggage really tightly.
Up at the existing bridge to SkyPark Terminal.
Crossing over Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang.
From here, you can see how far the Terminal SkyPark station is built from Subang SkyPark.
If you have luggage, head down the ramp.
You will see the departure hall of Subang SkyPark.
Turn left at the Malindo office to the Viewing Gallery.
Firefly ATR72s seen from the Viewing Gallery.
Find the stairs before Old Town White Coffee.
A lift is available if you have luggage with you. There are no down escalators here.
Alternatively, just head down the stairs.
Turn right for the check-in counters to get on your flight.
The walk from Terminal SkyPark station to the Subang SkyPark check-in counters took a whopping 10 minutes.
Overall, the SkyPark Link feels like a haphazard project built solely for having the right to claim that Subang SkyPark has a railway facility into the city. With infrequent trains not even timed to flights and a great potential for trains to be delayed in both bounds, it is very difficult for the SkyPark Link to attract passengers from the most important pool – Firefly and Malindo passengers themselves. The main selling point of Subang SkyPark is to get to the city faster, but with the SkyPark Link having a 30 minute journey time to the city (excluding waiting time), it is still 2 minutes longer than the 28 minute KLIA Ekspres journey from KLIA to KL Sentral. Not forgetting the additional 10 minutes taken for the indirect walk from the station to the terminal via the official linkway.
Moreover, there are too many similar names around meaning very different things. Terminal SkyPark is used to refer to the KTM Komuter station, while SkyPark Terminal refers to Terminal 3 of Subang SkyPark of which the official name and address is listed as SkyPark Subang Terminal, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, 47200 Subang. The bus stops of SkyPark Terminal are yet referred to as Subang Sky Park Terminal. Not to mention the old names of Subang Airport and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (LTSAAS) still in use on most road signs instead of Subang SkyPark. To top it off, the Facebook page of Subang SkyPark bears the record-breaking name of Skypark Terminal Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Subang.
SkyPark Terminal Sdn Bhd, the operator of Subang SkyPark, needs to figure out once and for all what to call Subang Airport and everything related to it including bus stops and the Terminal SkyPark KTM Komuter station and stick to a single name for everything to prevent confusion among everyone who may not be familiar with it.