KLIA Ekspres

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KLIA Ekspres
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KLIA ekspres passing KB03 Salak Selatan.
Overview
Type Airport Express/Commuter rail
Locale Kuala Lumpur - KLIA
Stations 2
Line number      PURPLE
Operation
Opening 14 April 2002
Operator(s) Express Rail Link
Conduction system With driver
Rolling stock Desiro ET 425 M Electric Multiple Unit
Technical
Line length 57 km
Track gauge 1 435 mm Standard gauge
Route map
 LRT 
 MRL 
KL Sentral Car parking KLIA ETS Line KTM Intercity LCC Terminal
 KTM:KTM 
Bandar Tasik Selatan
Putrajaya Sentral
Kompleks Rel Udara (Depot)
Salak Tinggi
KLIA (Main Terminal) LCC Terminal  ERL:APM 
KLIA2 (New LCC Terminal)

KLIA Ekspres is a non-stop, airport rail link service between Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KL Sentral) and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) ERL station in Malaysia.[1] The service is run by Express Rail Link Sdn. Bhd. which began its operations on 14 April 2002. The service shares the line with KLIA Transit, which stops at all stations along the line.

Both KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit services are often referred to by Malaysians simply as the ERL, or Express Rail Link.

Travelling and ridership[edit]

The KLIA Ekspres service officially began operations on 14 April 2002 connecting Kuala Lumpur with the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The non-stop 57 kilometer journey takes around 28 minutes with trains departing at 15 minute intervals during peak hours and 20 minute intervals during off-peak hours.

  • First train: 05:00
  • Last train: 00:00
  • Peak Hours: 05:00 - 09:00 and 16:00 - 22:00
  • Off-Peak Hours: 09:00 - 16:00 and 22:00 - 00:00
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On September 19, 2005, the company celebrated its 10 millionth passenger on the KLIA express. The 10 millionth passenger was Emylia Rosnaida who won a business class return trip to New York City from Kuala Lumpur.[2] The 20 millionth passenger milestone was achieve 12 December 2007 by Mr Sockalingam, which won economy class ticket to Dubai.[3]

Ticketing[edit]

Travellers from KL Sentral to KLIA can purchase the tickets to board the KLIA Ekspres at the KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) which is an integral part of the KL Sentral transport hub while travellers from KLIA to KL Sentral may purchase their tickets either before boarding or after their arrival at KL Sentral.

Ticketing is done either by automated ticketing machines or by ticketing staff at the stations. A one-way trip would cost RM35.

Validity of purchased tickets are as follows:

  • Standard One-Way Ticket: 3 months
  • Standard Two-Way Ticket:
    • First trip - 3 months
    • Second trip - 3 months after the first trip

Electronic Payment

Passengers holding a Visa payWave credit card are able to use their cards at special fare gates when entering or leaving the pay area at all stations applicable to KLIA Ekpres and KLIA Transit.

All fare gates accept Touch 'n Go cards if the card contains sufficient funds.

Air Travel facilities[edit]

On 13 July 2007, Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd, the operator of KLIA Ekspres, announced that from 23 July 2007 onwards, all 43 airlines serving KL International Airport may use the check-in facilities at KL CAT. Previously, only Emirates Airline, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Royal Brunei Airlines flights may check-in at KL CAT before boarding the train.[4]

Passenger Service and Amenities[edit]

Passengers with laptops and smartphones have access to a high speed internet connection free of charge through WiFi on board all KLIA Ekspres trains as well as on the station platforms. The service is powered by Yes 4G of Yes Communications, a subsidiary of the YTL Corporation which holds a 50% sharehold over the train service.

A disabled friendly unisex lavatory is available on board all KLIA Ekspres trains. Restrooms are also located on the departure platform at KL Sentral. There are no restrooms on the KLIA boarding platform. Passengers waiting there are expected to use the restrooms on any of the upper floor levels of the main terminal.

Accidents[edit]

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. [5] [6]

Extension[edit]

A 2.14 km extension to the new KLIA2 terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport is now in use. Commercial service began on 1 May 2013, when KLIA2 opened. Travel time to the new terminal is 3 minutes, with a fare of RM2 charged for inter-terminal connections.[7]

Specifications[edit]

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Model Desiro ET 425 M Electric Multiple Unit
Manufacturer Siemens AG
No. of trains 8
No. of carriages 2 propulsion carriages
2 passenger carriages
Dimensions Length - 68,700 mm (2,700 in)
Width - 2,840 mm (112 in)
Height - 4,160 mm (164 in)
Weight 120 Metric Tonnes
Electrical System Voltage 25 kV 50 Hz AC
Acceleration 1.0 m/s2 (3.3 ft/s2)
Top Speed 176 km/h (109 mph)
Commercial Top Speed 160 km/h (99 mph)
No. of passengers 156 seated
Tracks Length - 57 km (35 mi)
Gauge - 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

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