KLIA Transit: klia2 to KLIA by New CRRC Changchun Equator EMU

The KLIA Transit is a commuter rail service operated by Express Rail Link running between KL Sentral and klia2, serving all stations in between including Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya & Cyberjaya, Salak Tinggi and KLIA.

The KLIA Transit service can also be used as an inter-terminal transfer between klia2 and KLIA at a nominal fare of RM2.

On 13 March 2018, the second generation of trains on the Express Rail Link, the CRRC Changchun Equator EMU, were launched on both KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit services, increasing the frequency of KLIA Transit services from 20 minutes to 15 minutes during weekday peak hours. 4 sets of KLIA Transit Equator EMUs and 2 sets of KLIA Ekspres Equator EMUs were ordered in total. The name Equator EMU is inspired by the fact that “Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is located near the equator”.

The new CRRC Changchun Equator EMU has a longer seat pitch (I don’t actually feel so.) and a higher ceiling according to the promotional video on board the new CRRC Changchun Equator EMU.

Departing from klia2. The journey from klia2 to KLIA takes 3 minutes.

The overall interior of the CRRC Changchun Equator EMU.

KLIA’s air-conditioned platforms operate with platform screen doors. Once the platform screen doors open, push the train’s door button to open the train doors.

The train will continue to KL Sentral, stated on the LED destination sign as KLS.

Hopefully, with these additional trains, KLIA Transit services can be increased to perhaps 10 to 15 minutes throughout the day for added convenience when travelling between klia2 and KLIA as during periods where the KLIA Transit and KLIA Ekspres timetables do not match well, the transfer frequency between the two terminals can be up to 18 minutes – not something desirable when passengers are rushing to check-in for their next flight.

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