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KUALA LUMPUR – The Kelana Jaya LRT line experienced delays due to a signalling problem this morning.

A Prasarana Malaysia Bhd spokesman when contacted by Bernama said the service disruption which started at 6.30am involved the Taman Paramount and Taman Jaya stations.

“The trains had to be operated manually when passing through the sector which caused delays.

“The Kelana Jaya line uses driverless trains, when there is a problem we have to instruct the technicians on duty at the stations to take over the duties of driving the train,” he said.

He added that operations were back to normal at 11am after the problem was rectified. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – A light rail transit (LRT) system connecting Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions could materialise by 2020, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg said.

He said the LRT system was being studied for inclusion in the public transport plan to solve traffic congestion in the three divisions as their total population had reach one million.

“We are now surveying the route.The study will take six months, after that, we will find the right technology and the right partner.

“Since we already have the power from the Bakun dam, we can use electric train technology,” he told a press conference after witnessing the signing of a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) for Sarawak’s methanol and methanol derivatives project here today.

Sarawak will undertake a methanol and methanol derivatives project with the first plant worth US$800 million (US$1=RM4.40) expected to be ready by 2021.

Abang Johari who has just returned from his official visit to the United Kingdom said the LRT project would incorporate the latest technology with less carbon pollution.

“We will consider extending the (LRT) project to other divisions once they reach their economic viability.
That is, when the rural areas are developed in terms of modern agricultural economy and with the information and communications technology having reached two Terabit per second (Tbps) of Internet speed,” he added.

The MoU for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning for the methanol project witnessed by Abang Johari, was signed between the Sarawak government’s entity, Yayasan Hartanah Bumiputera Sarawak, and a consortium between China Huanqiu Contracting and Engineering Co Ltd and MACfeam Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Pegasus Diversified Bhd.- BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: Upgrading work on 15 power substations along the Kelana Jaya LRT line will be commissioned and implemented.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the proposed upgrade will extend the lifespan of the electrical systems and enable it to cater to fast-growing demands and future loads.

“This measure will take up to three to six months to complete,” said Najib in a statement.

“Prasarana (Malaysia Bhd) will also gradually introduce its new trains on the Kelana Jaya Line by Nov 2016.”

Najib said the new trains would enable it to cater for additional capacity, increased frequency and reduce congestion during the peak hours on weekdays.

He said this after meeting with Prasarana and Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) regarding the power failures that occurred during morning rush hour on Sept 7 and Sept 9.

Prasarana chief executive officer Datuk Azmi Abdul Aziz, who was at the meeting, briefed Najib that preliminary findings indicated that a power failure resulted in the disruption.

Najib added that SPAD highlighted the need for Prasarana to undertake a thorough assessment of its entire system as the Kelana Jaya line was nearing the 20-year mark.

“I instructed that an independent technical assessor be appointed by Prasarana to undertake this exercise and SPAD will take part in this audit to ensure compliance,” he said.

Najib also directed Prasarana to thoroughly review its operations and strengthen its existing standard operating procedure to ensure it is able to cope with increasing demand.

 

KUALA LUMPUR – The story about an International Islamic University of Malaysia
(IIUM) student who missed the electric train (ETS) home to celebrate Aidiladha
due to the Light Rail Transit (LRT) service disruption this morning, caught the
attention of ETS operator, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB).

And as a gesture of goodwill, KTMB offered her a new ticket free of charge.

Nurul Khairiah Ahmad Zaki, 22, who was among the passengers stranded at the
Gombak LRT Station for over an hour due to the service disruption, said she was
offered a ticket to Taiping, Perak scheduled for 10.30 am today.

“I was surprised to receive a call from KTMB, but I’m glad to finally be
able to go home to celebrate Aidiladha with my family,” she told Bernama
tonight.

Bernama had earlier reported Nurul Khairiah’s plight of not being able to
return home for Aidiladha after missing the train, as she could not afford to
get another ticket.

The student, in her Facebook post, also thanked all those who had helped her
get back to her hometown, especially KTMB, and the Land Public Transport
Commission.

“Alhamdulillah, Allah sent all the great people to help me today. May Allah
give us His blessings and make easy for us. I hope that your life reflect joy,
peace and your every step be guarded and guided. Allah give you something better
than what was taken form you,” she said.

The LRT service from Setiawangsa to KLCC was disrupted during peak hour
yesterday when a train suddenly stopped on the tracks between the Datuk Keramat and
Damai stations
– BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd will be providing free service for three days to commuters on the Light Rail Transit System Kelana Jaya line from Sept 13 to 15 following the service disruptions on Wednesday and today.

Prasarana Malaysia Berhad chief executive officer Datuk Azmi Abd Aziz said the free service for the Gombak-Putra Heights-Gombak route covers 37 stations.

“On behalf of Rapid Rail we would like to apologise for the inconvenience, this (free ride) is one way we are showing our appreciation for the loyalty of our commuters,” he told a press conference here today.

Azmi said the causes of the service disruption incidents were still being investigated and the problems would be resolved as soon as possible for the comfort of commuters.

“The disruption today is a continuation of what happened on Wednesday, but there are different causes,” he said.

The Kelana Jaya LRT route suffered service disruption on Wednesday morning and the same thing happened this morning, affecting commuters who were travelling to work.

Commenting on the incident where LRT users had to walk 60 metres on the LRT tracks from the Datuk Keramat to Damai station, Azmi said it was necessary for the sake of their safety.

“This is not the first time this has happened. When the trains lose their electric power source, there will be ventilation problems. So we had to use the safety track designed for such incidents,” he said.

He said four staff were assigned to help passengers exit the train during the incident.

Azmi also said Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd would submit a report on the disruption to the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) tomorrow. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Another glitch, the second time this week forced Light Rail Transit (LRT) commuters to walk to the next station, on the track, early today.

In the incident involving the Setiawangsa- KLCC route, which occurred during rush hour, the train which was heading to Jelatik station was reported to have stopped suddenly between Datuk Keramat station and Damai station.

Passengers were trapped inside the train for about 20 minutes.

A passenger Yuen Jan Li, 29, said the train suddenly braked and stop about 9.10am. The lights and air conditioning system also ceased functioning, she said.

“Initially, I thought that it was normal but after 20 minutes of being trapped in the crowded train, people began to panic and we tried to find the intercom button but could not find it, she told Bernama, here.

Yuen said someone opened the door of the train from outside and directed them to get out and walk on the track to Damai station, which took 10 minutes.

“All the passengers were forced to walk on the track which was a bit slippery due to the rain early this morning. There was also a pregnant woman inside the train and I can’t imagine how she managed the walk,” she said.

Yuen said she had to take a ‘Grabcar’ to go to her workplace in Jalan Ampang as there was no bus shuttle service available.

Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) will hold a media conference on the incident at 3pm today.

Meanwhile, affected passengers can get a refund of their fares at the ticket counter. Rapid KL also said via twitter that LRT services were restored around 11.45am.

On wednesday at 7am, thousands of LRT passengers were stranded when services along the Gombak-Putrajaya line were disrupted due to a technical problem.

The Land Public Transport commission(SPAD) that same day asked Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd to submit a full report by Sept 21, on the incident which involved the Kelana Jaya Line. – BERNAMA

 

KUALA LUMPUR – Regular Light Rapid Transit (LRT) users were irked by another
episode of technical glitches which forced them to be stranded at several
stations between Gombak and Putra Heights during peak hours Wednesday morning.

One of them, Farhana Azmi, the Malaysian National News Agency staff from
Pantai Dalam here, said she left home at 10 am today hoping to catch the LRT
train at the Kerinchi Station as she had to be in the office by 11 am.

“As I arrived at the station, there was an announcement saying that the
train service was experiencing technical glitches and was moving slow, but I
hopped on one of the trains anyway.

“The train stopped for more than five minutes at each station. When it
arrived at Bangsar Station, it remained idle for about 20 minutes, before all
passengers were told to get off as the train service had been (temporarily)
stopped,” she told Bernama.

She said passengers who had entered the paid area of the stations were told
that they could wait or seek refund at the counters.

“I asked one of the staff there, but they were not sure when the service
would resume. So, I had to take a taxi and arrive at the office half an hour
late as the roads were badly congested,” she said.

Farhana, who is a regular user of public transportation, said it was not the
first time she experienced such a problem with the LRT service, but it was
definitely the longest disruption so far.

As such, she called on LRT management to put up notice boards at the
entrance to all stations to inform the users of any problems involving the train
service, instead of just making announcements.

Meanwhile, Rapid KL official Twitter page @AskRapidKL was deluged with
various complaints over the repeated service disruption.

“You can’t delay the LRT each time it rains. RapidKL its’ probably time to
step up,” [email protected]_g tweeted.

Another dissatisfied user dingdong [email protected] tweeted: “finally
arrived at the office. took me 2h20m from Jelatek to KLCC. add 20 more minutes
I’ll be arriving Busan from Seoul, same duration.”

Rapid KL’s Facebook page also came under fire with complaints and questions
posted by users.

Among the posts were:

“What?…it’s not settled yet?” – Nabihah Othman.

“I feel pity to those who missed their flights, interviews, appointments, or
late for work, got fired by their bosses, missed their exams, stuck in train for
hours, scolded by boyfriend/girlfriend for being late for their dates…KL need
not be attacked by terrorists, it only needs rain to be in chaos.” – Kamel
Alias.

“Still (having) problem? When will it be okay?” – Lee Tze Shern.

To all the complaints and questions, Rapid KL answered:

“Hi. We are still rectifying the issue. Will update once the service resume
back to normal. Apologize for the inconveniences caused.”

It was reported earlier that “glitches in the signalling and communication
system”, had forced RapidKL to “power down the line” at several LRT stations to
attend to the situation that occurred at about 7am.
— BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: The Ampang LRT Line service will be temporarily suspended on the second and third day of Hari Raya, and on July 16.

The suspension is to enable the upgrading of its signalling system.

“Free shuttle bus services will instead be provided, between 6am and midnight, to take commuters to the RapidKL bus hub at Pasar Seni,” said Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd CEO Ahmad Nizam Mohamed Amin.

He said it was decided that the upgrading work be carried out on those days to minimise inconvenience to commuters.

The signalling system was being upgraded to improve efficiency and safety, Ahmad Nizam said.

From July 17, commuters on the Ampang Line will board new six-car LRT trains, commissioned to replace the existing fleet that has been in service for almost 20 years.

With the upgrading, he said commuters travelling from Putra Heights to the Kuala Lumpur city centre would no longer need to switch trains at the Sri Petaling LRT station.

“However, pending full deployment of the new trains in December, alternate trains will make a turnaround at Bandar Tasik Selatan between 7am and 9am and between 5pm and 7pm to cater to peak hour crowds,” he said.

RAPID KL will be offering more than 20 shuttle bus services for the Kelana Jaya and Sri Petaling LRT lines to make it easier for commuters to leave their cars at home.

From today, 13 new stations along the Kelana Jaya line, namely Lembah Subang, Ara Damansara, Glenmarie, Subang Jaya, SS15, SS18, USJ7, Taipan, Wawasan, USJ21, Alam Megah, Subang Alam and Putra Heights, will officially begin services from 6am.

Likewise, the Puchong Prima and Puchong Perdana stations along the Sri Petaling line will also commence operations at the same time today.

Residents near the USJ7 station along Persiaran Kewajipan of Subang Jaya will be served by bus T776 which runs anti-clockwise in a loop beginning from the USJ7 station, passing by the Taipan station, the Subang Business Centre, Masjid Al-Falah, USJ8 police station, Subang Perdana Goodyear Courts 7,8 and 9 (along Jalan Mulia), Angsana Apartment (Persiaran Subang Mewah), Masjid Al-Irsyad USJ1 and SJKC Chee Wen, before turning into Persiaran Subang Permai (Mydin and Giant).

From there, it will make a right turn to end up at USJ7 station once more.

This 7.4km loop will have a 15-minute waiting time as there will be three buses.

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Those living near the Taipan station also have the option of taking bus T777 over a 5.4km route, (the shortest along the Kelana Jaya line) with buses arriving every 15 minutes.

Areas covered include the Subang Business Centre, Taipan Business Centre, USJ11 carpark, Kompleks Sekolah Wawasan, Wawasan LRT station, 19 USJ City Mall, Al-Tamimi International Islamic School as well as Subang Perdana Goodyear Courts 7 and 9.

The longest bus loop for the Kelana Jaya line is a 11.1km route that begins from the Ara Damansara station, taking commuters all the way to Subang Skypark, with buses every 15 minutes.

Areas served by bus T773 include the Evolve Concept Mall and Oasis Ara Damansara.

Residents of Subang Jaya and SS15 can take bus T770 to either station while also passing by AEON Big Subang Jaya, Subang Parade, Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Racquet and Golf Centre, Masjid Darul Ehsan, SS15 Courtyard, INTI International College Subang, Sunway Mentari and Sunway Pyramid.

Buses along this 9.9km loop will also arrive every 15 minutes.

The shortest bus loop on the Sri Petaling line starts from the Bandar Puchong station with T600 arriving every 10 minutes.

The longest bus ride will be from the Puchong Jaya station with T671 covering 48.2km to take commuters up to Pasar Seni.

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The loop from the Puchong Prima LRT station to Taman Mas Sepang will be served by T603 which covers a 5.2km route.

All LRT shuttle bus rides, regardless of distance, cost RM1, payable by cash or stored value cards.

The only bus service not operated by Rapid KL is T762 from Nadi, which departs the Putra Heights station for the Saujana Putra area.

The BRT Sunway line and the USJ7 LRT station will see seamless physical and ticketing integration as customers can use the escalators to move between the two platforms without needing to tap in or out while switching between the two modes.

Likewise, passengers changing trains between the Kelana Jaya and Sri Petaling lines at Putra Heights only need to walk no more than 15m across the platform to make the switch.

Rapid KL is not offering any free train rides but motorists will enjoy free parking at the new park-and-ride facilities for a month.

The fare table as well as all bus route maps can be viewed at myrapid.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR – Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) will open four new stations for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system in Puchong beginning April 1.

Prasarana chief executive officer Datuk Azmi Abdul Aziz said the stations under the Ampang line LRT extension project are IOI Puchong Jaya, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Taman Perindustrian Puchong and Bandar Puteri.

“With this new line extension, Prasarana expects to see a further increase in the number of users and the new trains could carry approximately 1,100 passengers at a time,” he said at a media briefing session at the IOI Puchong Jaya LRT station here Monday in the presence of Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar.

Azmi said Prasarana was also actively carrying out promotions to encourage more people to use public transport.

Currently, more than 450,000 people use the LRT daily during peak hours and Prasarana expects an increase of 50,000 users this year.

Azmi said the four new stations are expected to draw more users due to their strategic locations and the ‘park and ride’ facilities provided at three stations, namely IOI Puchong Jaya, Pusat Bandar Puchong and Taman Perindustrian Puchong.

Previously, four stations had been opened on Oct 31, last year namely Awan Besar, Muhibbah, Alam Sutera and Kinrara BK5. – BERNAMA