Saturday, June 7, 2014

AirAsia's operation at klia2

This Monday, 9th June marks one month anniversary for AirAsia's family move to klia2 after more than nine years operation at LCCT.

An AirAsia A320 taxis past KLIA2’s unique skybridge, first in Asia. Credit to Bangkok Post.

Among the biggest shock from AirAsia is the klia2 fees MYR3 charged on behalf of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB). The actual cost of using the jet bridge is only 25 cents per passenger as per MAHB and AirAsia does not absorb these charges, but instead passes them on to passengers in air ticket since May 9. KVMRT: As far as concerned, the blame is on both sides at the expense of travelers.

Delays in baggage handling, parking bays changes and breakdown of self check kiosk are major hatchback faced by all airlines operating from/to klia2.

Gate allocation system, which was new to AirAsia and its unfamiliarity with the system had caused close to 200 gate changes on its first day of operations at klia2, resulting in great inconvenience to passengers. They managed to reduce the gate changes to less than 10 daily after working together with airport operator.

Slow baggage transfer from planes' cargo to the baggage claiming carousel triggered airport to deploy their own manpower to assist airlines with many aspects of operations.

KVMRT: Fair point should be given to AirAsia who is under constant attack from MAHB regarding earlier cost overrun and delay in completion for klia2. Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia Malaysia has taken extra ground work to ensure the operation is smooth and seamless travelling experience to passengers.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

KLIA2 soft opening

Drive along KLIA Extension Highway, we shall noticed the new airport for our country, KLIA2 aka new LCCT.

The klia2 will welcomed its first landing flight from Cebu Air at 12.30 am, May 2.

Airlines operating in klia2 include: Malindo Air, Cebu Airlines, Tiger Airways and Mandala Airlines. (unconfirmed: AirAsia and AirAsia X)

Exterior view of klia2

Overview of check in counters of klia2.

International Departures entrance

The walking corridor of KLIA2

Signboard to Departures Gate and Sama Sama Express klia2 Hotel.

Services provided at klia2: Internet and Smoking Lounge

All the pictures above does not belong to My Rapid Transit. Credit to @AKaprawi

Friday, September 27, 2013

SMRT Sleeper replacement

SMRT, the operator of multi-billion Mass Rapid Transit Line in Singapore will be doing the replacement of sleepers on the North-South and East-West Line.

This project is part of their system upgrade plan to improve its train network.

When completed in December 2019, passengers will experience a smoother journey on the MRT.

For guide on the Sleeper replacement project, click here.

Resignalling of the North-South East-West Lines

SMRT will be replacing the signalling system on the North-South East-West (NSEW) Lines to help reduce waiting time for commuters.

The $195 million project, which will be completed in phases from 2016, will make it possible for trains to run at an improved frequency of 100 seconds, down from 120 seconds.

[KVMRT: It will show improvement of between 2 minutes waiting time to only 1.5 minutes when the new signalling comes into work.]

The project covers more than 100km of track and involves designing a new signalling system; manufacturing and installing the equipment; and testing and commissioning the system at all tracks, stations, trains, depots as well as the Operations Control Centre.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

KVMRT underground engineers

The world’s first variable density tunnel boring machine (TBM) is running silently beneath Kuala Lumpur’s streets, ready to lay off the 9.3km-long tunnel for Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit.

All ready to do Malaysia proud, but more importantly, this is the beginning of the creation of a pool of talent conversant in underground work, especially in bored tunneling. This is MMC-Gamuda’s underground team inside the Cochrane launch shaft, where four TBMs will eventually be launched.

To handle the tunneling project of the Line 1, MMC-Gamuda take on approx. 500 engineers and technicians, which comprised a large pool of Malaysians.

Quick facts:
10 TBMs will be used to complete one pair of 9.3km-long tunnels. These TBMs were custom-made by German and Chinese contractors, and could be reused for subsequent lines.

The first (and last) rail tunnel done using TBMs was in the 1990s, when a pair of 5km tunnels was excavated for the Putra line (now called Kelana Jaya line) to serve five underground stations (Masjid Jamek-Dang Wangi-Kampung Baru-KLCC-Ampang Park).

Among them are:

Freshies like Lim Hui Yan, a Universiti Putra Malaysia graduate in mechanical engineering, are instrumental in overseeing the introduction of a new method of concrete segment fabrication.

“I am indeed lucky to be posted here as tunnel engineer, as tunnelling works rarely involve female engineers. And I discovered that mechanical works play a big part in the success of tunnelling,” said the Johorean, 23.

Fellow female tunnel engineer Mandy Ang Yian Yong, 26, is entrusted with the full gamut of construction tasks ranging from tendering and design to procurement and construction. “I am very grateful for this opportunity. Being a tunnel engineer for almost three years now, I have gained vast technical knowledge and planning strategies,” said the Sarawakian.

Ng Hau Wei MMC-Gamuda KVMRT’s senior construction manager
Lim Hui Yan
Mandy Ang Yian Yong
Female tunnel engineer
Mazuki Mohamad Salleh tunnel manager based at the Cochrane launch shaft
Ruslan Mohamed TBM electrical superintendent
Azlan Marzuki Shah Julaihi tunnel engineer

Sunday, May 19, 2013

KVMRT Line 2

Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Line 2 will be even bigger than the first line. The new line is longer than the predecessor, it will have a longer underground section and more stations. That means it will cost more too.

Initial estimates peg the cost of Line 2 at RM24.9bil once the line is extended from Serdang to Putrajaya. Construction of the proposed second line will be done in two stages with the first stage up to Serdang. The cost of that will be similar to that of the first line.

The main difference between the first and second line though will be ridership.

Estimates show that 20% more people, or 550,000 passengers a day, will traverse through line 2 as opposed to 460,000 a day for Line 1.

In terms of passengers per km, Line 2 is expected to ferry 11,100 passengers per km compared with 10,000 passengers per km for Line 1.

Projections also show that Line 2 will carry 40% more people than Line 3, or the circle line, upon completion.

The reason for the higher ridership is that Line 2 will cut through more densely populated and lower income areas. Neighbourhoods such as Damansara Damai, Kepong, Batu Kampung Pandan, Kampung Baru, Sentul and Serdang are large catchment areas of people.

The alignment of Line 2 will also cut near to areas where PR1MA is expected to build affordable housing for Malaysians. Areas such as Sungai Buloh, Kentonmen and Serdang where PR1MA is expected to build mass affordable housing

Both Line 1 and 2 are expected to converge at the Tun Razak Exchange which will enable passengers to interchange onto other lines. [KVMRT: For the whole 51km MRT Line, the only interchange station is at Tun Razak Exchange, how is it possible for passengers flow? Assuming 10% of Line 1 disembark and 20% of Line 2 interchange, it will see about 46,000 and 110,000 passengers at one particular station.]

Line 2 will also serve the KLCC area as it will cut through the middle of the city centre as opposed to the Light Rail Transit line that serves the northern part of the development.

A decision to proceed with Line 2, which is a radial line instead of the circle comes down to catchment and ridership.

Normally, like in the case of Singapore, the circle line will come last. They will do the radial lines first. It's because the radial lines will help you build up the catchment and ridership. The circle line just connects the lines for you. The priority is to first build the network and its catchment.

Ringgit and sen wise, Gamuda points to the study by Halcrow on the economic internal rate of return (EIRR). It claims that the consultant had put an EIRR at 27% which captures the social benefits of the project, value of time and the multiplier impact of the MRT project.

Article read: Will MRT Line 2 go on as planned? (The Star)

KVMRT network structure
According to the the National Land Public Transport Masterplan (final draft), the KVMRT Line 2 or the North-South Line is meant to link developing areas such as Sungai Buloh, Kepong and Selayang with the eastern side of the city centre including Kampung Baru and Tun Razak Exchange.

The third line or the circle line should provide an orbital link between areas such as Mid Valley, Mont Kiara, Sentul Timur, Ampang as well as the planned Matrade.

The KVMRT project, consisting of three lines, is expected to have a total network of 145 km.

By the time the KVMRT Line 1 is completed in 2017, it is expected to carry some 384,000 passengers daily.

A MRT rail system would require some 20,000 passengers per hour per direction to be feasible.
[KVMRT: Technically, one should never define a MRT system as 20,000 pphpd. It is not widely accepted in international standard.]