Monday, July 25, 2011

Emergency Response Procedure (ERP) Exercise by RapidKL

Emergency Response Plan (ERP) took place at LRT Sg Besi station 2345 hrs.
An exercise of emergency situation to cordinate the emergency respond agency n RapidKL staff in managing the situation.

On the emergency drill, Bukhari said the programme was carried out in collaboration with police, Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital. The drill's scenario was a fire incident.

"This is the first exercise this year," he said, adding that it involved 300 personnel altogether.

"We are planning another drill, at the Kelana Jaya LRT in September," he added.

RapidKL also operates the RapidKL bus service as well as feeder bus service.

Other related stories:

RapidKL suffers RM10mil losses due to cable theft (The Star)

KUALA LUMPUR: RapidKL, the operator of the capital city's two light rail transit (LRT) systems, suffered about RM10mil in losses during the first half of this year due to cable theft.

Bukhari Mohamed, general manager, Rail Operations Division, said so far 20 cable theft cases were reported in LRT lines, especially in Ampang and Sri Petaling.

Last year, the company lost RM15mil due to cable losses which had also affected rail operations, particularly in the Ampang line, he told the media here after taking part in the 2011 emergency drill at Sungai Besi LRT, which ended at 1am on Sunday.

"These intrusions affected LRT operations in terms of journey, speed and travel interval," he said.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ampang Line to be disabled-friendly

LRT stations to have disabled-friendly facilities (The Star)

Saturday July 23, 2011

By Fazleena Aziz

Photo by Kevin Tan

THE LRT stations along the Ampang Line are now being upgraded and refurbished to make them more accessible and convenient for commuters.

The stations will have ramps, lifts, rain protectors, surau, toilets, tactile pavement and disabled-friendly features.

At present only the Kelana Jaya station is disabled-friendly while the Ampang station is being upgraded in phases.

The move by Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd comes under the National Key Result Areas initiative to increase public convenience.

Convenient: Richard Arnold from Euro Asia Access Solutions showing how people in wheelchairs can access the platform lift.

Stations like Plaza Rakyat, Cahaya, Cempaka, Pandan Jaya and Pandah Indah have already been upgraded in March.

Work at the stations in Maluri and Miharja are scheduled will be completed in September, while the ones in Chan Sow Lin, Pudu, Sentul, Sentul Timur, Salak Selatan, Bandar Tun Razak, Sungai Besi, Bukit Jalil and Seri Petaling are scheduled to be completed in December.

The stations in Bandaraya, Sultan Ismail and PWTC are scheduled to be completed in October while Ampang and Bandar Tasik Selatan should be completed by January next year. The total cost of the upgrading work is RM60mil.

Prasarana group director (infrastructure development) Nor Hassan Ismail said there were obstacles in the work being carried out because operations of the stations could not be affected.

“We have to relocate lifts because of utility cables, hence the design has to be modified accordingly.

“We will also include the integration of the Masjid Jamek, Titiwangsa, and Hang Tuah stations. At present, we have workers helping the disabled when boarding and disembarking the trains.

“We hope the ridership will increase as we are able to cater up to 33,000 passengers per hour, which is almost at the MRT level,” he said.

He added that they had about 15,000 disabled people using the service based on the sale of tickets.

Nor Hassan said the Ampang station was not disabled-friendly probably due to cost.

He said there was at least RM1bil in difference between the cost of the Kelana Jaya and Ampang Line.

Prasarana had taken over the Star LRT and Putra Line in 2002 and renamed them in 2005 with RapidKL as the operator.

The Ampang Line began its operations in 1996 and has 25 stations covering 27km. It has about 170,000 ridership during weekdays.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Rapid Transit (MRT) station design

MY Rapid Transit (MRT) has unveiled the station view of Sg. Buloh - Kajang line (SBK) recently. The videos below show how the seamless integration is done and bus feeder services.

Kajang station view

KL Sentral station (interchange to KTM Komuter, Kelana Jaya Line, ERL and KL Monorail)

Maluri station (interchange to Ampang Line)

Bukit Bintang Central station with interchange to KL Monorail

Manager from Singapore for MRT project

Prasarana to have manager from Singapore for MRT project (The Star)

Thursday July 21, 2011

By Sharidan M. Ali

PETALING JAYA: A high-ranking individual from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) will soon be hired to play an active role in the project management of the planned multi-billion-ringgit mass rapid transit (MRT) system in Malaysia, sources said.

According to sources, the official is expected to join Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd, the owner of the MRT project, now known as My Rapid Transit.

“The project manager is expected to join Prasarana’s MRT project team and will work with the project delivery partner (PDP), who will manage the construction of the project for Prasarana.

“So the project manager is only an addition to the present Prasarana’s MRT project team,” sources told StarBiz.

Over the weekend, a business weekly had speculated that the MRT would have a new project manager who had been involved in Singapore’s MRT project.

The sources also told StarBiz that the roles of Prasarana, the PDP and Land Public Transport Commission in the project remained intact.

The MRT’s PDP is MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, in which Gamuda Bhd and MMC Corp Bhd hold equal shareholdings and will be responsible for managing the project and its cost.

“The additional person, if any, is just to add more expertise to the implementation of the project and not to take over anybody’s role,” sources said.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the MRT was held early this month and the physical construction is scheduled to begin by the year-end for completion in 2016. The launch revealed the final alignment of the 51km Sungai Buloh-Kajang line, of which 9.5km will be underground. The line will have 31 stations.

The final alignment not only reduced land acquisition cost, has led to better integration with existing rail network and reduced the number of stations, but has also become more cost effective than initially planned.

Although the actual cost of the country’s first MRT system will only be disclosed in September due to a 50% reduction in land acquisition and other tweaks to the initial alignment, estimates have put the price tag for the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line at around RM20bil.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Train services resume at KL station

Train services resume at KL station

Monday July 18, 2011

PETALING JAYA: All train services have resumed their normal schedules beginning 2pm yesterday, after a crane toppled on the roof of a platform at Stesen Kuala Lumpur the day before.

The incident had rendered three platforms impassable.

All clear: The Kuala Lumpur station seen cleared of debris from the crane crash Sunday.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) said in a statement that the bus services to transfer train passengers from Bank Negara station to KL Sentral and from KL Sentral to Bank Negara during the recovery period had been stopped.

“Repair works were completed nine hours ahead of expectation.

“All KTM commuter, KTM Intercity, ETS and Kargo train services have resumed their original schedules,” it said yesterday.

It added that Platforms 1 and 2 of the station had been reopened for the train services.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Interruption at KL Old railway station

KVMRT took note of this announcement from Bernama about a serious disruption of KTM services because of a crane collapse at the Kuala Lumpur rail station.

Thank goodness no one was injured!

The toppled crane at Kuala Lumpur station and the damage to the platform & covering. Image courtesy of NST.


Kuala Lumpur, 16 Julai 2011 – Semua perkhidmatan tren yang melalui Stesen Kuala Lumpur akan mengalami gangguan ekoran insiden kren terbalik di platfom 4, Stesen Kuala Lumpur di kilometer 387.358 dekat sini, hari ini.

Insiden ini melibatkan kren seberat 60 tan yang sedang melakukan kerja-kerja menanggalkan iklan dan tiang ‘unipole’ oleh kontraktor yang dilantik oleh GANAD Media Sdn Bhd berhampiran platform 4, Stesen Kuala Lumpur. Kren ini gagal menstabilkan kedudukan lalu jatuh merintang ke atas bumbung dan kabel elektrifikasi di platform 4, 3 dan 2 Stesen Kuala Lumpur pada jam 12.44 pagi hari ini. Insiden ini telah menyebabkan laluan di platform 4, 3 dan 2 tidak boleh dilalui oleh tren dan hanya laluan di platform 1 yang bebas dari halangan.

Tiada sebarang kemalangan jiwa yang dilaporkan berlaku. Akibat dari insiden tersebut, beberapa perkhidmatan KTM Berhad telah mengalami gangguan iaitu:

Perkhidmatan KTM Komuter : Perkhidmatan bas disediakan bermula jam 6.00 pagi bagi memindahkan penumpang dari laluan Bank Negara – Kuala Lumpur – KL Sentral dan sebaliknya untuk meneruskan perjalanan ke semua hala yang melalui Stesen Kuala Lumpur. Perkhidmatan bas akan beroperasi sehingga waktu perkhidmatan terakhir iaitu kira-kira jam 11.45 malam.

Perkhidmatan KTM Kargo dan KTM Intercity : Tren akan beroperasi menggunakan satu aliran iaitu menggunakan laluan di platform 1 sahaja dan tren akan diperlahankan apabila melalui kawasan insiden. Dijangka akan berlaku kelewatan ketibaan dan berlepas antara 30 minit hingga satu jam.

Perkhidmatan ETS : Perkhidmatan bagi laluan KL Sentral – Ipoh akan bermula dan tamat di Stesen Sentul manakala bagi perkhidmatan Seremban – Ipoh, perkhidmatan akan ditamatkan di Stesen KL Sentral dan pengguna akan meneruskan perjalanan dari Stesen Sentul. Pengguna ETS boleh menaiki bas yang disediakan untuk ke Stesen bank Negara dan seterusnya meneruskan perjalanan ke Stesen Sentul dengan menggunakan perkhidmatan KTM Komuter. Mereka tidak perlu membeli tiket KTM Komuter dan hanya perlu menunjukkan tiket ETS untuk pengesahan.

Kerja-kerja pengalihan struktur, pembersihan dan pemasangan semula kabel-kabel yang rosak dijangka akan mengambil masa selama dua hari. Perkhidmatan dijangka kembali pulih sepenuhnya pada hari Isnin, 18 Julai 2011.

Insiden yang berlaku adalah sepenuhnya berpunca dari kesalahan pihak ketiga. Sebarang perkembangan terbaharu akan dimaklumkan dari masa ke masa.

KTM Berhad memohon maaf atas sebarang kesulitan yang timbul. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Pusat Khidmat Pelanggan KTMB di 1-300-88-5862 atau laman sesawang


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hundreds throng Tanjung Pagar to see last train out

Hundreds throng Tanjung Pagar to see last train out (The Star)

Tuesday July 12, 2011

By Desiree Tresa Gasper

SINGAPORE: It was a historic moment with camera lights flashing everywhere, anxious and excited people chattering - some emotionally charged and scores of people lining up for autographs and to pose for the cameras.

The occasion: It was the last day of operations which signalled the closing of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad’s (KTMB) southern most railway station - Tanjung Pagar - in Singapore.

The atmosphere, similar to a rock concert, marked the end of a railway station that started operations 79 years ago.

The handing over of the station was also significant in terms of enhancing bilateral relations between Malaysia and Singapore, as it was among the long standing issues under the Points of Agreement (POA) between both countries.

Royal ride: The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar waving to the people as he prepares to drive the last train out.

At the historic handover on June 30, hundreds of people - with mixed feelings - could be seen taking pictures of the walls, gates and arches of the station.

The occasion was even merrier as the Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar navigated the last train out of the island republic to the shores of Malaysia.

One of the co-pilots of that last train leaving Tanjung Pagar station, Zulhan Saodi, 30, said he had never seen so many people in the station before.

Zulhan, who has been working at the station for the past five years said he was overwhelmed by nostalgic charm of the station and how it had touched the hearts of Malaysians and Sinaporeans.

“I knew that it would be a special day but I never imagined that the scene would be like this,” he said while taking turns posing with crowds of people who were cheering and calling out for him to smile.

At the platform, over 500 people were scrambling to get into the coaches of the last train out.

An excited bunch of “passengers” were also seen carrying signs thanking KTMB and cheering whenever the train sounded its horn.

Others who were not lucky enough to get tickets for the last train out were seen pushing, shoving and tip-toeing to catch a last glimpse of the train before it chugged out of the station.

One lucky passenger - a scientist - David Weiss, from Germany said he was excited to be a part of history.

“I work in Malaysia but when I heard about the hype surrounding the last train out of the Tanjung Pagar station, I knew I had to be here,” said the 56-year-old.

He added that it was thrilling to see the crowds of people waving throughout the journey back to Johor Baru and it was obvious that the train journey meant a lot to them.

“I hope that the Singapore government retain the station as it is clearly etched in the hearts of many,” he said.

To the 500 lucky passengers, there would never be another train out from Tanjung pagar.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mid Valley LRT link

Mid Valley LRT link (Malay Mail)

Abdullah Hukum station to be transport hub linking KL Eco City

Friday, June 17, 2011

The proposed integration of LRT Abdullah Hukum station and KTM Komuter station to complement KL Eco City development. (Source: SP Setia Berhad website)

KUALA LUMPUR: IN two years' time, it will become convenient to also take the LRT to the Mid Valley complex as a new development is coming up to link this area to the Abdullah Hukum LRT station.
A new Komuter train station will also be built alongside the present LRT station in 2013 to complement the new mega mixed-development project known as KL Eco City (KLEC).

It is learnt both rail stations will serve as a link between the two rail systems for the KLEC and Mid Valley City.

Further, it is further learnt KLEC will also have a station on the proposed third MRT line, which is expected to be completed in about a decade's time.

This means that Mid Valley commuters, so long deprived of the LRT service, will be able to use the system via a pedestrian link to Abdullah Hukum and also gain access to several other rail links.

KTM Bhd president Dr Aminuddin Adnan has confirmed a new train station will be built by the KL Eco City developer SP Setia Bhd and it was expected to be completed over the next two years.

“We had a meeting recently with the developer on the proposed station to complement the new mega development and we have agreed to have a new Komuter station soon alongside Abdullah Hukum LRT station,” he told The Malay Mail yesterday.

The current Angkasapuri train station, which is only a kilometre away, would remain for Pantai Dalam residents and office workers there. The new station means commuters from Klang will be able to get to Mid Valley directly.

Commuters from the south - Kajang and Seremban inclusive - can already travel to Mid Valley directly now as a KTM Komuter station is already operational there.

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) group managing director Shahril Mokhtar welcomed the Abdullah Hukum rail station integration at Jalan Bangsar.

“I totally support the decision to build a new train station beside the LRT station since it will contribute to a lot of commuter movements and offer better ridership for public transport in the coming years.”

He said future integrated transport terminal like Abdullah Hukum and later Subang Jaya, with LRT and KTM services too, would augur well for better public transportation service in the Klang Valley.

Stating that LRT Abdullah Hukum station now records the lowest ridership and has been underutilised over the years, Shahril said: “We are ready to extend our assistance for the two-station combination and I am enthusiastic it would encourage more seamless integration and ease the transfer congestion at KL Sentral.”

Meanwhile, KL Mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail said high-accessibility for public transport was part of development condition imposed by City Hall for the KLEC project.

"Before City Hall gave the development approval five months ago, we had set strict guidelines which include good public transport networks must be accessible with the area."

The Abdullah Hukum rail stations integration would offer a new perspective in the city’s mobility with the much awaited rail-to-rail and bus-to-rail transfers, especially in Bangsar, Pantai Dalam, Mid Valley and KLEC.

KLEC is an urban redevelopment joint-venture project between S P Setia and City Hall on a 20-acre plot located opposite Mid Valley City.

The project would include four high-rise office towers, four condominium blocks, a serviced apartment block and 12 blocks of boutique office.

RapidKL and KTM Komuter live updates, July 9

Live updates:

Update 6pm: Semua Laluan Ampang, Kelana Jaya dan Monorail beroperasi seperti biasa. Operasi untuk esok adalah seperti biasa.

RapidKLMR Line Update 5.30pm : Hanya stesen Maharajalela sahaja yg masih ditutup, lain2 stesen beroperasi seperti biasa

KJ Line update 5.30pm : Hanya stesen KLCC, Masjid Jamek dan & Dang Wangi sahaja yg masih ditutup. Yg lain telah dibuka

AG Line, atas arahan polis dan keselamatan awam, hanya stesen Masjid Jamek masih ditutup, stesen lain beroperasi macam biasa. Harap maklum

Monorail update 5.11pm: Stesen KL Sentral, Tun Sambanthan dan Chow Kit kini dibuka semula kepada orang ramai
KLJ Line update 4.40pm: Stesen Ampang Park kini ditutup

KLJ Line update 4.25pm: Stesen KLCC kini ditutup

AG Line Hang Tuah, Plaza Rakyat and Masjid Jamek is still close

MR Line Update 4pm: Stesen yg masih ditutup KL Sentral, Tun Sambantan, Hang Tuah, Maharajalela, Medan Tuanku & Chow Kit

AG Line Update 4pm: Stesen yg masih ditutup Masjid Jamek, Hang Tuah & Plaza Rakyat

KJ Line Update 4 pm: Stesen yg masih ditutup Pasar Seni, KL Sentral, Masjid Jamek & Dang Wangi

RapidKL: KJ Line Update 3.15pm - Stesen Dang Wangi kini ditutup

Stesen yg ditutup kemaskini 3pm (KJ Line) - Psr Seni, Kl Sentral & Mjd Jamek (AG Line) - Hg Tuah, Plaza Rakyat & Mjd Jamek (MR Line) - KL Sentral, Hg Tuah, Maharajalela, Tun Sambanthan, Medan Tuanku & Chow Kit. Sila guna altenatif lain. Mohon sebarkan kpd rakan2

RapidKL: 2.40pm MR Line - Stesen KL Sentral dan Medan Tuanku kini ditutup

RapidKL: KJ Line Update 2.20pm: Stesen KL Sentral kini ditutup
MR Line Update 2.20pm: Stesen Tun Sambathan kini ditutup

RapidKL: 1.48pm AG line : Stesen Masjid jamek, Plaza Rakyat dan Hang Tuah masih ditutup

RapidKL: 1.29pm - AG line Masjid Jamek, Plaza Rakyat, Hang Tuah closed by police order
LRT Laluan Ampang - Atas arahan polis, stesen Hang Tuah, Plaza Rakyat & Masjid Jamek ditutup. Harap maklum
MR Line - Chow Kit Station closed under Police instruction. Hang Tuah & Maharajalela still closed.

RapidKL: 12.55pm - KLJ Line Update: Stesen Pasar Seni dan Masjid Jamek kini ditutup

Malaysian Insider: 12 noon - Former KTM headquarters - A public service announcement said that Komuter trains are facing delays because the authorities are conducting checks on passengers.

The same announcement also urged those without tickets to leave the area.

RapidKL: 11.58am - Stesen Hg Tuah (AG-Line), Maharajalela & Hg Tuah (MR Line) masih ditutup ats sbb keselamatan. Ikuti twitter kami dari semasa ke semasa

Malaysian Insider: 11.55am - KTM Kuala Lumpur station - There are still many people loitering on the middle platform of the train station. A team of Light Strike Force is lining up, preparing to move into the KTM station to disperse the crowd.

RapidKL: 11.18am - Stesen yg dtutup atas arahan polis adalah AG line- (Hang Tuah), MR line ( Maharajalela & Hg Tuah) tren tidak akan berhenti d stesen ini.

Malaysian Insider: 10:57am - Police enter KTM Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station but not taking action against group of men there yet. Police ask those in station without train tickets to leave the area.

RapidKL: 10.15am - Station Hang Tuah & Maharajalela (Aliran Monorel) telah ditutup atas arahan polis. Tren tidak...

RapidKL: 10.15am - Station Hang Tuah (Aliran Ampang) telah ditutup atas arahan polis. Tren tidak akan berhenti di stesen berkenaan

Malaysiakini: 9.55am: Masjid Jamek - More passengers are streaming out of the LRT station. The police are not checking their personal effects but are keeping close watch.

Outside of the Masjid Jamek LRT station, the area along Jalan Tun Perak and Jalan Pudu is crawling with police officers. Some are guarding the entrance of Masjid Jamek.

Friday, July 8, 2011

KTM Komuter operate as usual on July 9

As until now, KVMRT can confirmed that all RapidKL LRT and KTM Komuter will operate as usual for tomorrow despite of Bersih 2.0 rally will takes place at Jalan Bukit Bintang to Stadium Merdeka.

However, LRT and KTM Komuter services are subject to instruction of authorities (police) from time to time.

So, commuters can still enter to KL city centre using KTM Komuter, Ampang Line, Kelana Jaya Line and KL Monorail (around city centre).

Please be alert to instructions from station announcement or police when using public transport tomorrow. Don't be panic and move in orderly manner (no pushing and shouting).

Other news development:
Roadblocks And Inspection At All LRT, KTM Stations In Selangor‎ (Bernama)

Rapid KL
Sila ikuti twitter kami utk mendapatkan perkembangan terkini mengenai perkhidmatan kami esok.

Rapid KL
[RapidKL Alert] Trdpt beberapa jln utama di ibukota tlh ditutup. Perubahan kekerapan bas mgkin berlaku.

MY Rapid Transit launched

PM launches Klang Valley MRT project (The Star)

By Mazwin Nik Anis

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Friday launched the much-awaited Klang Valley MY Rapid Transit (MRT) project, to be completed in 2016.

He said the 51km Sungai Buloh-Kajang line was the answer to the public's need for an efficient public transport system.

The project was not only crucial in ensuring the smooth movement of passengers but also a catalyst for the country's economic growth, Najib added.

"Investment into the project will flow back to the economy. The direct contribution from construction activities to the gross national income is expected to be in the range of RM3bil to RM4bil annually, beginning this year to 2020," Najib said at the launch.

He said the Gross National Income (GNI) contribution would also provide job opportunities to some 130,000 people, directly or indirectly, throughout the construction period.

There will be 31 stops along the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line - Sungai Buloh, Kg Baru Sungai Buloh, Kota Damansara, Taman Industri Sg Buloh, PJU5, Dataran Sunway, The Curve, One Utama, TTDI, Seksyen 16, Pusat Bandar Damansara, Semantan, KL Sentral, Pasar Seni, Warisan Merdeka, Bukit Bintang Sentral, Pasar Rakyat, Cochrane, Maluri, Taman Bukit Ria, Taman Bukit Mewah, Leisure Mall 23. Plaza Phoenix, Taman Suntex, Taman Cuepacs, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Balakong, Taman Koperasi, Saujana Impian, Bandar Kajang and Kajang.

More updates to come
MRT final line cuts property acquisition by half, says SPAD (Malaysian Insider)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bus routes in KL diverted due to BERSIH

Due to continuous scaremongering of BERSIH 2.0 march, SPAD has issued an official announcement on the temporary change in final destinations of express and stage buses in Kuala Lumpur.

Date        :     Saturday, 9 July 2011
Sanctioned Hours:      0001 to 2200 Hrs
Express buses will shift to these stations:
  • Puduraya and Pekeliling bound express buses (except KL-Seremban route) will shift temporarily to Hentian Duta.
  • Hentian Putra (PWTC) and KL-Seremban express buses will shift temporarily to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (Bandar Tasik Selatan)
Stage buses will stop at these rail stations:
  • Titiwangsa – Buses from Jalan Semarak, Jalan Setapak/Genting Kelang, Jalan Ipoh, Jalan Kuching and Jalan Duta
  • Dato Keramat – Buses from Jalan Ampang
  • Maluri – Buses from Jalan Kg. Pandan, Jalan Cheras
  • KL Sentral Monorail – Buses from Federal Highway (to use Jalan Bangsar – Jalan Travers – Jalan Tun Sambanthan) and buses from Jalan Damansara

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) in a statement gave notice on the last light rail transit and KL monorail stops that city bus and taxi passengers would be allowed to disembark at. (see graphic)

RapidKL meanwhile reassured that all LRT and Monorail will be in operation tomorrow, while waiting public authorities instruction. People should not spread info that RapidKL and KTM Komuter will be cancelled.
Rapid KL
Perkhidmatan RapidKL beroperasi seperti biasa pada esok hari. Sila abaikan khabar angin

KTM EMU to arrive before Sept 2011

From Alan Ting
ZHUZHOU (Southeast China), July 6 (Bernama) — The first consignment of 38 Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) units of six-car trains ordered by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) for commuter services will arrive in Malaysia before September, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.
He said the EMU, build by China state owned CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co. Ltd (CSR ZELC) were well ahead of the schedule with the first consignment expected to be put into service before the end of this year.
“The delivery will be in stages with full delivery of the total 38 EMUs by June next year,” he told Malaysian reporters here after “the roll out ceremony” for the first of the 38 EMU sets of the six-car trains ordered by KTMB at SCR ZELC plant here.
Also present were the Governor of Hunan Province Xu Shousheng, chairman of CSR ZELC Zhao Xiaogang and KTMB President Dr Aminuddin Adnan.
KTMB has signed an agreement with ZELC, a well known China EMU builder on May 19 last year to purchase custom-build EMU sets of the six-car trains for commuter service in Klang Valley under the government’s National Key Results Areas (NKRA) for public transport. Kong said the custom build EMU specifically to run on Malaysia meter gauge (measuring one metre or 3 ft, 33/8 inches wide) which can travel up to 140 km/h.
He said the purchase of 38 EMUs cost RM1.89 billion and was awarded to ZELC based on the lowest price offered in their bid for the government procurement tender.
“The contract does not include Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)which we are still looking into awarding soon,” he said.
The trains of six sets has a futuristic design, using latest train technology from China with two KTM engineers based here for the past three months to ensure all systems follow the specifications set by KTM.
Each train set is capable of carrying about 900 passengers and this means KTM can double its passenger transport rate as well shorten the waiting period from currently 30 minutes to 10 and to only seven and half minute at peak hours.
Meanwhile, Dr Aminuddin said the 38 new EMUs will be used to serve theroutes between Rawang-Sungai Gadut, Batu Caves-Port Klang, Sentul-Port Klang and Batu Caves-Rawang.
He said with the entry of new EMUs from China, the usage of “EMU hybrid’ will be reduced.
KTMB had introduced the use of EMU Hybrid trains since last year to overcome the problem of cancellation, delays and shortage of trains.
The KTM Komuter EMU Hybrid sets use diesel locomotive power with the help of power-generating car that provides electricity for their air-conditioners, public address system and automatic doors.
Minister of Transport officiated the 1st set of KTM EMU 6 car train in Zhuzhou, China

My Rapid Transit launching on July 8

Klang Valley MRT (now referred to as MyRapidTransit) will be launched by the Prime Minister at KL Convention Centre on 8 July 2011.

The launching, which will take place in the morning and will include a ground-breaking ceremony, is by invitation only.

The event will also be telecast on RTM1 from 9:30-11am. Following this launching, the public is invited to learn more about the MRT from 12:00-7:00pm at KL Convention Centre.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Rapid Transit (MRT) logo design contest

My Rapid Transit (MRT) Logo Design Contest

Contest Info (from
Design A MRT Logo
Now you can be part of the history. Read more about the MRT on or
follow us on and design a logo for the MRT that you think will express
what MRT will stand for. You are free to choose style and concepts. But don’t forget to write a rationale for
your logo in not more than 140 characters.

Design Criteria
  1. Artwork must incorporate the following in the logo:
  • The acronym: MRT
  • The line: MY Rapid Transit (in the same order)
Submission Requirements
  1. To enter the logo competition, all contestants are required to first
    register at:
  2. All personal particulars of contestant must be valid and fields marked with
    * must be completed.
  3. All artworks must be submitted in only JPEG, GIF or PNG format.
  4. Image dimensions must be exactly 200 pixel x 200 pixel at 72dpi resolution.
  5. Every artwork submission must be accompanied by a completed rationale in not more
    than 140 characters.
  6. All artworks uploaded after 11.59pm on the 3rd August 2011(+8:00 GMT) will be
    considered void/unsuccessful.
Participate with 3 simple steps
The contest gives every Malaysian chance to win RM10,000 cash. And 20 consolation
winners take back RM2,000 each.
The contest opens on 3rd of July 2011 and closes on 3rd of August 2011(+8:00  GMT). So hurry!
Judging criteria and and other contest details can be found under terms & conditions page. We look forward to your participation!

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Among the best design:

 Prasarana Masyarakat Berbilang thumbnail image MRT-rahimanrahizar thumbnail image  MRT thumbnail image 3circle-mrt thumbnail image myTIMEs thumbnail image  myCATALYSTs thumbnail image  mrt logo 8-MODERN.RELAX.TREND thumbnail image  MRT LIN V7 thumbnail image  MY Rapid Transit v16 thumbnail image  comfort . fresh. trendy thumbnail image  myRIPPLE thumbnail image  My Rapid Transit thumbnail image My Rapid Transit thumbnail image  mrt towards the future thumbnail image MRT – A New Beginnning thumbnail image  MY Rapid Transit v7 thumbnail image  MRT7 thumbnail image  MRT6 thumbnail image  MRT10 thumbnail image  MRT-KD11j thumbnail image  the point thumbnail image  MODERN.RELAX.TREND thumbnail image   new_path3 thumbnail image  MRT LOGO 11-SUFFIAN EFFENDI thumbnail image

Update 1: Winners of MRT logo design contest has been announced on 10pm Wed, Aug 10. For winners list, click here.