Kelana Jaya Line Bombardier INNOVIA Metro 300

The Kelana Jaya Line Bombardier INNOVIA Metro 300, or more locally-known as the Kuala Lumpur Additional Vehicle (KLAV) trains, is the latest addition to the fleet of Kelana Jaya Line trains. The INNOVIA Metro 300 is the third-generation train for the Kelana Jaya Line, ordered for the sustainability of the system with the increase of passengers and the extension to Putra Heights. 14 such sets of 4-car trains are ordered, with a few running on revenue service already.


The interior of the train looks more or less similar to the refurbished 2-car trans, with the exception of the grabpoles, handgrips and the larger window on the doors.

Most notably, the INNOVIA Metro 300 features a dynamic route map above each door to show which station the train is currently at or travelling to.

The dynamic route map also tells you which side the door will open on. The red and orange doesn’t seem to differentiate itself well though, I would rather have the past stations be in red and the upcoming stations in green instead.

In addition to the dynamic route maps, the next station information can also be found on the information screens in the middle of each coach, which plays advertisements, videos and infographics of RapidKL services.

The handstrap design seems to blend the original design with the harder red STAR LRT material, which can be found on some unrefurbished 2-car trains. I would personally prefer the original material as it’s softer and feels nicer to hold.


The interior fittings are done by Bombardier and Hartasuma, as seen on the builder plate and the door plate.

The front driving console area is a little different from the previous Bombardier INNOVIA Metro designs, offering a much wider view from a passenger’s perspective.

I wouldn’t say that the INNOVIA Metro 300 is a new level of comfort for travelling on the Kelana Jaya line as the seats look and feel the same, and the motor sounds the same too, but it at least reduces the frequency on the line during peak hours. If you’re lucky enough, your next ride on the Kelana Jaya Line might be on the INNOVIA Metro 300!

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RapidKL Service T778: USJ 21 LRT to One City USJ 23 by Bus

A new feeder bus from USJ 21 LRT Station, Service T778, was launched together with the opening of the new Kelana Jaya Line extension. This links the station with One City and the nearby residential areas with a frequency of 15 to 30 minutes.

Board the bus along the eastbound-side of the road, that is, when you tap out of the LRT system at the fare gates, turn right.

The T778 departs from the bus stop just beside the end of the escalator.


The interior of the bus.


From One City, there is a dedicated bus stop below the link bridge of One City and The Place @ OneCity.


RapidKL Service T778
USJ 21 LRT Station – One City USJ 23

Flat Fare for Service T778
Cash: RM1.00
Cashless RM0.80

Frequency
Every 15-30 minutes

MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang Line Siemens Inspiro: The Guiding Light

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Engineered by Siemens AG and designed by BMW Group Designworks USA, the Siemens Inspiro, themed as “The Guiding Light” in the Klang Valley, was inspired by the various beautiful architectural features of Kuala Lumpur, and represents strong and solid character as well as modernity and timelessness.

http://www.mymrt.com.my/en/sbk/trains

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The Siemens Inspiro’s interior design is visualised as an open environment that is inviting, light and fresh, incorporating long-lasting and easy to maintain colours with seats in cool blue tones that will alternate in a three tonality rhythm.

http://www.mymrt.com.my/en/sbk/trains

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The Siemens Inspiro is OKU (disabled)-friendly, with 1 or 2 wheelchair spaces found on board all train cars. The wheelchair spaces double up as perch seats for standing passengers should it not be in use by an OKU passenger.

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The Siemens Inspiro also features a gangway design which is actually more similar to the Siemens Modular Metro family.

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Being a driverless train, the Siemens Inspiro features an inviting front view from the suburbs to the Kuala Lumpur City Centre for all passengers to enjoy.

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LED screens are found on top of all doors, providing real-time information of the line information, door side opening and promotional videos.

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“The Guiding Light” takes away the stresses of commuting by road, smoothly gliding over the highways and tolls. For a train fare (17 Jan 2016 onwards) comparable to the toll and parking fees, why not travel with the MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang Line the next time you are in the vicinity?

MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus Routes: Surian MRT Station

The feeder buses from Surian MRT Station links the surrounding residential areas and the Lembah Subang Kelana Jaya Line LRT Station to the MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line. The MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus services will commence service on 16 December 2016.

RailTravel Station offers MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus guides for:

RailTravel Station will not be offering MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus guides for stations on Phase 2. Please ask SPAD or RapidKL to create their own maps.

For more information, visit the links below for the full list of feeder buses from SPAD’s website:

MRT Feeder Bus Routes


Bus Route Information

Originating Services

RapidKL MRT Feeder Bus Service T807
Surian – Lembah Subang
Links Surian MRT Station (SBK Line) with Lembah Subang LRT Station (Kelana Jaya Line)

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Fares
Cash: RM1.00
Cashless RM0.80

Frequency
Every 10 – 15 minutes

Operating Hours
5.30am – 11.30pm

RapidKL MRT Feeder Bus Service T808
Surian – SRK Seksyen 11

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Fares
Cash: RM1.00
Cashless RM0.80

Frequency
Every 10 – 15 minutes

Operating Hours
5.30am – 11.30pm


RailTravel Station offers MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus guides for:

RailTravel Station will not be offering MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus guides for stations on Phase 2. Please ask SPAD or RapidKL to create their own maps.

For more information, visit the links below for the full list of feeder buses from SPAD’s website:

MRT Feeder Bus Routes

RapidKL Service T770: Subang Jaya to Sunway Pyramid by Bus

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The RapidKL Service T770 is a feeder bus service between Subang Jaya and Sunway Pyramid, offering easy access to Sunway Pyramid from the Kelana Jaya Line or KTM Komuter Klang Valley Sector without the need to travel on the BRT Sunway Line.

RapidKL Service T770 stops in front of Sunway Pyramid making it even more convenient than accessing from SB3 Sunway Lagoon BRT Station.

Route Map

You can access RapidKL Service T770 from KJ28 Subang Jaya LRT Station and KJ29 SS15 LRT Station.

Flat Fare for Service T770

Cash: RM1.00
Cashless RM0.80

Frequency

Every 15-30 minutes

RapidKL Service T773: Ara Damansara LRT to Subang Airport by Bus

With the opening of the Kelana Jaya Line extension to Putra Heights, it is now easier to get to Subang Airport via KJ26 Ara Damansara LRT Station.


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A new feeder bus from Ara Damansara, Service T773, was launched together with the opening of the new line. This links the station with Subang Airport with a frequency of 15 to 30 minutes and provides a new “rail to bus to airport” transfer option.

To get to the bus, once you exit the station, head straight, following the shelter.

Head downstairs to the bus station at the end of the shelter, following the signs pasted around.

It looks like a car park on first sight, but it is actually the bus station.

It looks a little incomplete, but it is the actual bus station.

Wait at the opposite platform for the bus.

The T773 to Subang Airport will stop here.

The relatively empty bus. Perhaps not many people know about this service yet, or I just boarded it at a time where there are not much flights.

Heading towards Subang Airport.

Approaching Subang Skypark Terminal 2.

The bus stopped me at the terminal driveway proper, but the driver did kindly inform me that not all drivers would do this as the exit ahead is very tight for buses. Do expect buses to stop along the main road (which was what I expected anyway).

The journey from Ara Damansara LRT Station to Subang Airport took around 10 minutes.

From here, hop on to your plane, or if you’re like me and not flying anywhere today, you can head back from the airport with the same bus.

Head upstairs towards the viewing gallery to cross the bridge to the other side of the road.

This is the same iconic bridge that you will see when arriving at the terminal.

Once you get to the other side, just wait at the side of the road and flag the bus when you see it approaching.

The bus arriving at the pick-up location.

You can also catch passing-through Service 772 from Subang Airport to Ara Damansara LRT. Service 772 will continue onwards to Pasar Seni via Federal Highway, which also means it’s not something you want to try during peak hours.

The bus running empty from Subang Airport to Ara Damansara LRT. Maybe it’s due to the 772 in front which swept all the passengers up. (I didn’t know that 772 stops at Ara Damansara till my bus caught up with it before heading down to the bus station. 772 stops at the bus stop on ground level.)

The bus resting at Ara Damansara before working on the next trip.

RapidKL Service T773
Ara Damansara LRT Station – Subang Airport

Click here to open the estimated route map in Google My Maps.

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Flat Fare for Service T773
Cash: RM1.00
Cashless RM0.80

Frequency
Every 15-30 minutes

No more need to get a cab and get stuck in a jam when travelling from Subang Airport anymore!

Alternative Routes for Sri Petaling and Ampang Lines

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If you are travelling on the RapidKL Sri Petaling and Ampang Lines, you may wish to consider these travel alternatives while the problems are being ironed out.

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Alternative Routes from Ampang

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Alternative Routes from Maluri

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Alternative Routes from Chan Sow Lin

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Alternative Routes from Putra Heights

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Alternative Routes from IOI Puchong Jaya

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Alternative Routes from Bandar Tasik Selatan

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7 things you need to know about Chan Sow Lin Interchange that is actually good for you

Trains are now operating back as the Ampang Line and the Sri Petaling Line, with both lines plying the shared sector between Sentul Timur and Chan Sow Lin. There is no more need to change trains at Chan Sow Lin if you are travelling to and from the shared sector.

From 17 July 2016, passengers travelling from Sentul Timur to Ampang will need to change trains at Chan Sow Lin. How can this be actually good for everyone?

1. Not everyone needs to change trains.

With the split of services, the line between Sentul Timur and Putra Heights is now known as the Sri Petaling Line, and the line between Chan Sow Lin and Ampang is now knows as the Ampang Line. Only those travelling on the Ampang Line need to change trains.

2. No more changing of trains at Sri Petaling.

With the split of services, the line between Sentul Timur and Sri Petaling is also now on the same new signalling system as the extension to Putra Heights, allowing Sri Petaling Line trains to run straight through. No changing of trains at Sri Petaling anymore!

3. New trains are now running into the city centre.

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The new AMY trains will make commute along the Sri Petaling Line more comfortable, with better air-conditioning, individual seats and improved passenger information system.

4. Transferring is very easy.

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As compared to older interchanges in Kuala Lumpur, Chan Sow Lin is extremely easy as trains will stop parallel to each other, and you only need to walk across the platform to make your transfer – that’s less than 20 footsteps. And no, there is no increase of fares with the split in services as the RapidKL fare structure is integrated seamlessly across all lines operated by them, meaning you get charged by the total distance travelled and not by the number of times you change trains.

To travel from Sentul Timur to Ampang and vice-versa:

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To travel from Putra Heights to Ampang and vice-versa:

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If you are travelling from Ampang:

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5. The whole line’s capacity has the potential to be doubled now.

Contrary to many comments saying that trains will be more crowded now with the transfer, the split of services makes the whole line capable of running twice as many trains as compared to when the lines were shared between Sentul Timur and Chan Sow Lin, meaning there is potential to actually be less crowds on the train in the two branches.

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Assuming a headway of 2 minutes, if the line were to operate on the old method of sharing the line between Sentul Timur and Chan Sow Lin, the headway on both branch lines will be halved at 4 minutes as each train has to alternate from the main line.

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Assuming a headway of 2 minutes, if the line were to operate on the new method of running independent lines, the headway on the whole network will remain at 2 minutes as each train does not have to wait for another entering from a different line and sharing the same track. The whole network enjoys the higher 2 minute frequency, and capacity is doubled on the 2 branch lines.

*This is just a theoretical explanation by RailTravel Station and not representative of the frequency that RapidKL may run their trains at.

which means…

6. No more boarding the wrong train.

With the split in services, there is no more shared sector between the Sri Petaling and Ampang Lines, so you definitely know that you are getting on the right train now – since it’s the only direction.

Gone are the days where you have to look out for the train’s destination on the platform or train itself, or unsure whether to run in to a train that’s about to depart and having to ask fellow passengers about the destination of the train. Even worse when there’s no announcement at Chan Sow Lin and you actually get on the wrong line.

And since you always get on the first train that arrives…

7. Total waiting time is now shorter.

Now that you don’t have to wait for the next train at the platform when the current one is not going to your destination, your waiting time of the train becomes shorter. On top of that, the frequency of both lines at Chan Sow Lin will almost match each other – you won’t have to wait for a frequency of 2 trains now if you miss one! On a good day, which is everyday, just hop across the platform at Chan Sow Lin where a train is waiting for you already!

Travelling on the Sri Petaling and Ampang Lines now will be easier and potentially faster. Remember to cross over to the middle platform for the train to Ampang!

Development of KTM Komuter Subang Jaya Station Part 2


Since 30 June 2016, Subang Jaya is an interchange between the KTM Komuter and Kelana Jaya Line.

Read Part 1 here.

While the KTM Komuter is still using a single platform for its operations, the new concourse is ready for passenger service.

The old station building is now closed to passengers.

The new route map in the new concourse.

Escalators to the platform.

The concourse area for KTM Komuter.


The ticket counter, relative to the distance to the fare gate line.


The new ticket machines are also standing by for operations.

Just beside the KTM Komuter concourse is the Kelana Jaya Line’s, so transfers between the two systems is really easy here.

Ticket machines on the Kelana Jaya Line side.

The short distance between the Kelana Jaya Line and KTM Komuter.


Bi-directional escalators up to the station concourse. Access both the Kelana Jaya Line and KTM Komuter from this entrance.

The shops at the old station building are still open, but I’m not sure for how long more.

The new station facade of the integrated Kelana Jaya Line and KTM Komuter Subang Jaya station. Hopefully, future rail interchanges will have such a convenient design too.

RapidKL Sri Petaling & Kelana Jaya Lines Extension: Putra Heights

The extension of the Sri Petaling Line and Kelana Jaya Line opened on 30 June 2016, bringing the LRT into the suburbs of Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya and Puchong and offering convenient access from these towns to Kuala Lumpur.

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On its opening, passengers travelling on the Sri Petaling Line will have to change trains at Sri Petaling to get to the new extension. However, from 17 July 2016 onwards, trains will run through to the new extension, from Sentul Timur to Putra Heights seamlessly.

You can find out about the extension so far up to Bandar Puteri here and here.

Looking back at Bandar Puteri on the new extension.



Approaching Putra Heights.

There is also a new depot constructed at Putra Heights for Sri Petaling Line trains. This is the access track to the depot.

The new depot looks impressive from the train, with more capacity than the existing Ampang depot.



Putra Heights has 1 island platform and 2 side platforms, offering cross-platform interchange between the Sri Petaling Line and Kelana Jaya Line on the island platform. The 2 side platforms were not in passenger service.

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Trains on the Kelana Jaya Line run seamlessly through to the new extension since the first day of operations.

After Putra Heights, there is a connecting track linking the Kelana Jaya Line and the Sri Petaling Line which is not electrified. My guess is that it’s for rolling stock transfer between the 2 lines to access the other depots if needed.

USJ 7 Station, which is the interchange station with the Sunway BRT. Most stations on the extension look like this.

Approaching Subang Jaya.

This tunnel is a sound and visual barrier, between the Empire Shopping Gallery and Saujana Residency apartments.

Passing through the steel tunnel.

Approaching Subang Jaya station with the integrated concourse of the Kelana Jaya Line and KTM Komuter.

The Park and Ride facility at Glenmarie.


Subang depot of the Kelana Jaya Line.

If you’re lucky, you can also spot one of the new Kuala Lumpur Additional Vehicle (KLAV) trains in the depot, which is actually the Bombardier INNOVIA Metro 300. This train is expected to be in service in 2017.


The original depot access track from Kelana Jaya station is now part of the main line between Lembah Subang and Kelana Jaya. You can see where the new viaduct is joined to the existing viaduct here.

Download the new transit map here.

The official press releases can be found here and here.