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Kuala Lumpur - 1.6 million inhabitants in city proper, some 7.2 million in metropolitan area

The urban rail system in the Malaysian capital currently consists of three metro-style routes, whose names and line designations have changed repeatedly in the past, with a fourth now under construction. Despite being referred to as LRT, all the routes are completely grade-separated. The urban rail network is complemented by an S-Bahn-style suburban railway plus the KLIA Airport Express:


 LRT - AMPANG LINE (Lines 3 & 4)

The system formerly known as 'STAR' (for "Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan") is an elevated driver operated system. After construction began in 1993, the line started revenue service in three stages: 16 Dec 1996 Sultan Ismail - Ampang (12 km); 12 July 1998 Chan Sow Lin - Sri Petaling (southern branch) and then in Dec. 1998 the northern stretch to Sentul Timur. Total length of the line had reached 27 km (17.6 at grade without level crossings, 9.4 elevated mainly between Sultan Ismail and Plaza Rakyat), 25 stations (17 at grade, 8 elevated). Trains run at a maximum speed of 70 km/h (commercial speed 35 km/h) and are air-conditioned. Since Nov 2004, the two lines have been operated by RAPID KL. 11 years later, the first section of a southern extension was opened.

16 Dec 1996: Sultan Ismail - Ampang (12 km)
12 July 1998: Chan Sow Lin - Sri Petaling
06 Dec 1998:
Sultan Ismail - Sentul Timur
01 Nov 2015: Sri Petaling - Kinrara BK5 (5.5 km)
31 March 2016: Kinrara BK5 - Bandar Puteri
(6.5 km)

Ampang Line Ampang Line Ampang Line

For one year this 29 km line was actually the world's longest fully automated line until Lille's Line 2 was extended to 32 km in Oct. 2000. It is mainly elevated with a 4.4 km underground section between Masjid Jamek and Ampang Park. All stations are wheelchair accessible, have toilets, and platform screen doors in underground stations, info is also provided in English. The former PUTRA (Projek Usahasama Transit Ringan Automatik) line is operated by 35 two-car air-conditioned trains which carry some 35 million passengers per year. On 1 Sept 1998 it started operating between Kelana Jaya and Pasar Seni (14.1 km), and from 26 June 1999 it continues north to Terminal Putra (now Gombak) (14.9 km). KL Sentral station (central railway station) finally opened on 1 April 2001. Since Nov 2004, the line has been operated by RAPID KL.

01 Sept 1998: Kelana Jaya - Pasar Seni (14.1 km)
26 June 1999: Pasar Seni - Terminal Putra (now Gombak) (14.9 km)
01 April 2001: KL Sentral station opened
24 Dec 2010: Sri Rampai station added

Kelana Jaya Line Kelana Jaya Line Kelana Jaya Line
 KL Monorail Line (Line 8)

Construction of an elevated monorail line (planned to be 16 km long) began in 1997. Eventually only the northern part (8.6 km) was built. Permanently coupled 2-car trains are driver-operated and run every 2-5 minutes during peak hours. The 20 m long and 3 m wide trains are based on the Seattle Monorail. Stations are built 10 m above the road with 63 m side platforms, distance between stations is 600-1000 m.

31 Aug 2003: Titiwangsa - KL Sentral

KL Monorail

KLIA Ekspres (Airport Express Line with commuter service)

On 14 April 2002, a new 57 km express rail line started operating from KL Sentral to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport). The line is also used for a commuter service with three intermediate stations.


As part of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit, the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line is under construction. The 51 km line starts at Sungai Buloh located to the north-west of Kuala Lumpur, runs through the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, and ends in Kajang south-east of Kuala Lumpur. The line will be underground through the city centre over a distance of 9.5 km. There will be 31 stations of which seven will be underground. Sungai Buloh to Semantan scheduled to open by the end of 2016; Semantan to Kajang by July 2017. (Project Website)

Southwestern extensions are under construction for both the Kelana Jaya Line and the Ampang Line (Sri Petaling branch), with the two lines eventually meeting at Putra Heights. (Project Website)



 KTM Suburban Rail


MyRapid - Official Public Transport Portal

KLIA Ekspres - Airport Express Line

Public Transport in Kuala Lumpur at Wikipedia

Monorail Society's KL Monorail Special

Stesen Sentral - KL Integrated Rail Services

Mc Leong's KL Site includes LRT info

KTMB - Malaysian National Railways

KL Fare Calculator

Transit - Malaysia's Public Transport Forum




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