Bandar Tasik Selatan station

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 PH5  KB04 
Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Station
Stesen Bersepadu Bandar Tasik Selatan
南湖镇综合站
நகரம் தசிக் செலடான்
KTM Komuter regional rail station
Ampang Line rapid transit station
ERL airport rail link station
Bandar Tasik Selatan station (Rawang-Seremban Line) (eastern entrance), Klang Valley.jpg
The southeastern entrance into the Bandar Tasik Selatan station.
Station statistics
Address Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2, Bandar Tasik Selatan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Coordinates 3°4′34″N 101°42′38″E / 3.07611°N 101.71056°E / 3.07611; 101.71056
Line(s) Rawang-Seremban Line (KTM Komuter) (1995 to present)
Ampang Line (1998 to present)
KLIA Transit (Express Rail Link) (2002 to present)
Connections RapidKL bus hub
Platforms 2 side platforms (KTM Komuter)
1 island platform (Ampang Line)
2 island platforms (KLIA Transit)
Tracks 2 (KTM Komuter)
2 (Ampang Line)
4 (KLIA Transit)
Parking Available
Other information
Opened November 10, 1995 (KTM Komuter)
July 11, 1998 (Ampang Line)
June 20, 2002 (KLIA Transit)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code  PH5  KB04 
Owned by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM Komuter)
Syarikat Prasarana Negara (2002 to present); operated by RapidKL (Ampang Line)
ERL Private Limited (KLIA Transit)
Services
Preceding station   Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Komuter)   Following station
towards Rawang
Rawang-Seremban Route
towards Rembau
RapidKL LRT
toward Sentul Timur
Ampang Line
toward Sri Petaling
Express Rail Link
Terminus
KLIA Transit
towards KLIA

Bandar Tasik Selatan station is a Malaysian interchange station located next to and named after Bandar Tasik Selatan, in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. The station serves as both a stop and interchange for KTM Komuter, Ampang Line, and the Express Rail Link's KLIA Transit trains, and RapidKL buses. The station is accessible via Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) from the southeast, and, indirectly, the Sungai Besi Expressway from the west. The Bandar Tasik Selatan interchange is effectively an intermodal transportation hub.

Facilities for the purchase and reloading of Touch 'n Go cards are also provided in the interchange.

Stations[edit]

Rather than consisting of a single integrated hub, the Bandar Tasik Selatan interchange is made out of three different stations laid side-by-side and added over the course of seven years, with overhead bridges connecting all three stations and ticketing areas of each train service separated from each other. Despite its importance as a transportation hub, two out of the three stops in the interchange do not accommodate disabled passengers.

KTM Komuter halt[edit]

A platform view, northbound, of the Bandar Tasik Selatan KTM Komuter halt after canopy upgrades.

The Bandar Tasik Selatan stop was formed with the completion of a KTM Komuter regional rail halt, as part of the second phase of the electrified Rawang-Seremban Line (between Kuala Lumpur and Kajang) opening on November 10, 1995. The station was the first in the stop to be accessible from Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2), but its facilities were rudimentary, consisting of only two raised side platforms lined along a curved double track, a footbridge, and an elevated ticket area that initially provided only ticket vending machines. The platform shelters were only sufficient for a limited space, and the halt often suffered from bottlenecking at the ticket area. The various levels of the halt are also linked primarily via staircases or escalators, rendering the halt unfriendly to disabled users.

In 2006 and 2007, renovations works were made to expand the ticket area of the halt, and add a larger concourse area with a manual ticket counter. In addition, existing shelters along the platforms were replaced by large canopies during the middle of 2007, in conjunction with 2006 and 2007 canopy upgrades at most Komuter stations built or upgraded circa 1995.

Ampang Line station[edit]

A platform view, northbound, of the Bandar Tasik Selatan Ampang Line station.

The second addition to the stop is an at-grade rapid transit station for the Sri Petaling-Sentul Timur branch of the Ampang Line, then known as STAR. The station was opened on July 11, 1998, as part of the second phase of the STAR system's opening, including 7 new stations along the Chan Sow Lin-Sri Petaling route, and was situated directly southeast from the Komuter halt and closer to MRR2. Because of the layout, the Komuter halt was initially accessible solely via the main entrance of the Ampang Line station, which currently serves as the southeastern access point into the interchange station.

In comparison to the Komuter halt during its time of opening, the STAR station was considerably more capable of handling larger numbers of passengers, with several ticket counters and ticket vending machines prepared in its ticket concourse when the station was unveiled to commuters. The station also features an island platform for its two adjoining tracks, instead of side platforms. Both segments of the station are linked by a footbridge, which, like the Komuter halt, does not accommodate disabled passengers as the footbridge is only accessible via staircases.

The principal styling of the station is similar to most other stations along the Ampang Line, featuring multi-tiered roofs supported by latticed frames, and white plastered walls and pillars. Signboards in the station occasionally refer to itself simply as "Tasik Selatan".

KLIA Transit station[edit]

An exterior view of the Bandar Tasik Selatan KLIA Transit station southbound, as seen from the footbridge leading to the station. Also depicted is a passing KLIA Ekspres train.

The Bandar Tasik Selatan Express Rail Link station is the latest stop added into the Bandar Tasik Selatan interchange, beginning operation on June 20, 2002 as part of a 5-station KLIA Transit airport rail link between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport station and Kuala Lumpur Sentral.

Rather than sharing a common access point with the Komuter halt and the Ampang Line station, the KLIA Transit station was constructed as an entirely dedicated structure towards the northwest from the KTM Komuter halt, with its own access point towards the northwest via Kampung Malaysia Tambahan to Jalan Sungai Besi (a branch road from the Sungai Besi Expressway). The only direct linkage between the KLIA Transit station and the other two stations is a 95 metre foorbridge over the KLIA Transit/Ekspres tracks and the KTM tracks into the ticket area of the Komuter halt, thus serving as a second access point to both the Komuter halt and the Ampang Line station.

The station was built in a unique design that incorporated large semicircular roofs as shelters for platforms with multi-tiered roofs for the rest of the building, similar to the adjoining Ampang Line station. Unlike both the Komuter halt or the Ampang Line station, however, the station provides support for disabled passengers, with elevators and inclinations up and down uneven walkways, alongside stairways and escalators in all relevant areas of the station. The station also features two island platforms along four tracks, and basic ticket counters.

Integrated Transport Terminal[edit]

Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, the station will be transformed into a transportation hub to cater for express buses from the South. Once completed, bus operations from heavily congested Pudu Sentral will be transferred here.[1] The integrated terminal, which cost RM570 million, is expected to complete construction by 2010 and fully operational on 10 October 2010. Construction has started in November 2007.[2]

rapidKL bus hub[edit]

The Bandar Tasik Selatan stations also serves a rapidKL bus hub, although there are only four local shuttle (TEMPATAN) bus services run through here.

The station will have 150 taxi bays, 60 bus platforms, 1,000 parking bays and will be connected to the Middle Ring Road 2 and Besraya Highway.[3]

Although the original plan was to only replace Puduraya, it was declared that the station will also replace Hentian Putra and Pekeliling bus station, which handles buses from the East Coast and from the North. It is expected that Puduraya will remain as a city bus station only.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Minderjeet Kaur (2006-04-01). "9MP Report: Transport hubs to ease travel woes". New Straits Time. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  2. ^ "RM570mil terminal project to proceed". The Star. 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  3. ^ Chok Suat Ling (2008-07-12). "Cut the highways, look into buses, LRT". The New Straits Times. Archived from the original on 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  4. ^ Lee Yuk Peng (2009-05-21). "Steps to improve KL transport service". The Star.