Express Rail Link
|Kuala Lumpur Rail Transit System|
|Parent Company||Express Rail Link Sdn. Bhd.|
|Trainset||Desiro ET 425 M EMU
Electrical Multiple Unit
|No. of trains||8|
|Operation Start||14 April 2002|
|Ticketing System||TnG - No
Stored Value - Yes
Travel pass - Yes (monthly)
The Express Rail Link is a standard gauge and electrified airport rail link in Malaysia that connects the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) with the Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KL Sentral) transportation hub, 57 kilometres apart. The line is utilised by two different train services operated by Express Rail Link Sendirian Berhad:
- KLIA Ekspres, a direct airport rail service directly from the KLIA to KL Sentral, launched on April 14, 2002.
- KLIA Transit, a commuter rail service with three additional stops between the KLIA and KL Sentral, launched on June 1, 2002.
Express Rail Link Sdn. Bhd. (ERL) is a joint venture company between YTL Corporation Bhd., Lembaga Tabung Haji and Trisilco Equity Sdn. Bhd. with each partner holding 50%, 40% and 10% of the company respectively. On the 25th of August 1997, the Malaysian government presented the company with a 30 year concession to finance, build, maintain and control the operations of the railway.
Construction began in May 1997 and was completed 5 years later. It was then handed over to SYZ consortium, a joint relations consortium between German and Malaysian companies consisting of Siemens AG, Siemens Electric Engineering Sdn. Bhd and Syarikat Pembenaan Yeoh Tiong Lay Sdn. Bhd (SPYTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of YTL Corporation Bhd.
ERL Maintenance and Support was set up in 1999 and is responsible for the operations and maintenance of trains owned by ERL. The company was initially a joint venture between Express Rail Link Sdn. Bhd. and Siemens AG, but since June 2005 it has been wholly owned by Express Rail Link Sdn. Bhd.
The 1997 financial crisis that hit Asia caused a brief setback to the project but due to strong governmental support, the project went on to completion. The project raked up a cost of RM2.4 billion which was financed through equity mergers (RM500 million), loans from Development and Infrastructure Bank of Malaysia (RM940 million) and the remainder through import credit from four German financial institutions.
Express Rail Link Sdn. Bhd. achieved profits in 2003 after only a year of operations.[dubious ]
The trains run at a maximum commercial speed at 160 km/h, the fastest speed for rail travel in Malaysia.
On August 24, 2010, Express Rail Link suffered their first reported accident in which 3 passengers were injured. Two ERL trains collided at Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Of the trains involved one of them was about to depart at 9.45pm for Kuala Lumpur International Airport while the other train, which was empty, rammed into its rear.  
ERL operator YTL has proposed extending the line all the way to Singapore and as of June 2007, the Malaysian Government said the feasibility of the proposal was still being studied. The RM8 billion project would slash rail travel time from more than 8 hours to about 90 minutes.
KLIA Ekspres on the Express Rail Link.
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- Moses, Rajan (July 5, 2006). "Bullet to Singapore: From KL in 90 minutes". New Straits Times (Kuala Lumpur). p. 1.
- "No decision yet on express rail link to S’pore". The Star (Kuala Lumpur). March 28, 2007.
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- KLIA Ekspes
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