Ampang Line

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LRT Ampang Line
LRT Sri Petaling Line
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Overview
Native name LRT Laluan Ampang & LRT Laluan Sri Petaling
Type Light rail transit
System LRT KL System 1 (LRT1) - SelTrac CBTC
Status Operational
Locale Klang Valley
Termini Start: Sentul Timur
End: Putra Heights & Ampang
Stations 36 & 2 reserve
Services i) Sentul Timur - Ampang
ii) Sentul Timur - Putra Heights
Daily ridership 172,080 (2015)
Ridership 62.089 million (2015)[1]
(Decrease 1.8%)
Line number  3  &  4 
Website Rapid Rail
Operation
Opened 16 December 1996; 20 years ago (1996-12-16)
Last extension 30 June 2016; 10 months ago (2016-06-30)
Owner Prasarana Malaysia
Operator(s) Rapid Rail
Character Elevated and at-grade
Depot(s) Ampang Depot &
Kuala Sungai Baru Depot
Rolling stock CSR Zhuzhou LRV
35 [2] six-car trainsets
Width: 2.65 m (8 ft 8 in)
Length: 84.0 m (275.6 ft)
Rolling stocks formation
Technical
Line length 45.1 km (28.0 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification Third rail
Operating speed 60 km/h (37 mph)

The LRT Ampang Line and LRT Sri Petaling Line are the third and fourth Rapid Transit lines in Klang Valley, Malaysia. The combined network comprises 45.1 kilometres of track (28.0 miles) with 36 stations, and is the first to use the standard gauge track and semi-automated trains in Klang Valley.

A trip from one end to another takes 41 minutes on the Ampang Line, and 74 minutes on the Sri Petaling Line.

Ampang Line and Sri Petaling Line form part of the Klang Valley Integrated Transit System, and are coloured Orange and Maroon on the rail map.

History[edit]

The Ampang Line and Sri Petaling Line were originally known as the Star LRT, a single train line with two branches originating from Sentul Timur station and sprawling to Ampang and Sri Petaling stations via Chan Sow Lin station.

Star LRT was first conceived in the 1981 Transport Master Plan, when the government proposed a network of LRT lines connecting the Kuala Lumpur city centre to the surrounding areas. An agreement was signed between the government and STAR (Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan) in 1992.[3]

The original system (27.4km) consists of 25 stations built in two phases. Phase one (12.4km) comprises of 14 stations (AmpangSultan Ismail) and a depot near Ampang station. Phase two (15km) comprises of 11 stations (Chan Sow LinBukit Jalil, and Sultan IsmailSentul Timur). The two phases opened in December 1996 and July 1998.[4][5]

The initial plan was for STAR to build, own and manage the Star LRT. However, STAR ran into financial difficulties, and had to be bailed out by the government.[6] So, in 2002, Prasarana took over the line, and renamed the Star LRT to the Star Line. Operations of the line were subsequently transferred to Rapid KL in 2004 and the line was renamed to Ampang Line and Sri Petaling Line in 2005. Ampang Line assumed the branch line between Sentul Timur and Ampang stations, whereas Sri Petaling Line assumed the branch line between Sentul Timur and Sri Petaling.

In 2006, the government announced the Ampang Line Extension project. The extension comprises 11 new stations over 17.7 kilometres of elevated track beyond the Sri Petaling station.[7] Unlike the original line which uses the Fixed-block signaling system, the extension uses the Communications-based train control signaling system. As a result, when the first four stations and the next four stations opened on 31 October 2015 and 31 March 2016, the extension ran as a separate train service between Sri Petaling station and Bandar Puteri station.[8][9]

Re-signaling had to be done on the original line, before the extension could be combined with the rest of the line. Thus, a contract was awarded to Thales on 3 September 2012 to upgrade the signaling system on the original line, and the installation of the new signaling was completed in July 2016.[10][11]

Stations[edit]

Ampang Line and Sri Petaling Line run the same route between Sentul Timur station and Chan Sow Lin station.

From Chan Sow Lin station, the lines run separate.

Ampang Line runs to Ampang station, whereas Sri Petaling Line runs to Putra Heights station.[12]

LRT Ampang Line[edit]

Station Number Station Name Interchange/Notes
 SP1  Sentul Timur  
 SP2  Sentul  
 SP3  MR11  SSP13  Titiwangsa Interchange with KL Monorail Line and MRT Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line. (Opening 2022)
 SP4  PWTC Connects to  KA04  Putra Komuter station.
 SP5  Sultan Ismail Connects to  MR9  Medan Tuanku station.
 SP6  Bandaraya Connects to  KA03  Bank Negara Komuter station.
 SP7  KJ13  Masjid Jamek Interchange with LRT Kelana Jaya Line.
 SP8  Plaza Rakyat Connects to  SBK17  Merdeka station. (Opening 2017)
 SP9  MR4  Hang Tuah Interchange with KL Monorail Line.
 SP10  Pudu  
 AG1  SP11  Chan Sow Lin  
 AG2  Miharja  
 AG3  SBK19  Maluri Interchange with MRT Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line. (Opening 2017)
 AG4  Pandan Jaya  
 AG5  Pandan Indah  
 AG6  Cempaka  
 AG7  Cahaya  
 AG8  Ampang  

LRT Sri Petaling Line[edit]

Station Number Station Name Interchange/Notes
 SP1  Sentul Timur  
 SP2  Sentul  
 SP3  MR11  SSP13  Titiwangsa Interchange with KL Monorail Line and MRT Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line. (Opening 2022)
 SP4  PWTC Connects to  KA04  Putra Komuter station.
 SP5  Sultan Ismail Connects to  MR9  Medan Tuanku station.
 SP6  Bandaraya Connects to  KA03  Bank Negara Komuter station.
 SP7  KJ13  Masjid Jamek Interchange with LRT Kelana Jaya Line.
 SP8  Plaza Rakyat Connects to  SBK17  Merdeka station. (Opening 2017)
 SP9  MR4  Hang Tuah Interchange with KL Monorail Line.
 SP10  Pudu  
 SP11  AG1  Chan Sow Lin  
 SP12  Cheras  
 SP13  Salak Selatan  
 SP14  Bandar Tun Razak  
 SP15  KB04  ERL  Bandar Tasik Selatan Interchange with KTM Seremban Line, KLIA Transit Line and KLIA Ekspres Line.
 SP16  SSP25  Sungai Besi Interchange with MRT Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line (Opening 2022).
 SP17  Bukit Jalil  
 SP18  Sri Petaling  
 SP19  Awan Besar  
 SP20  Muhibbah  
 SP21  Alam Sutera  
 SP22  Kinrara  
 SP23  - Future Station at Bandar Kinrara.
 SP24  IOI Puchong Jaya  
 SP25  Pusat Bandar Puchong  
 SP26  Taman Perindustrian Puchong  
 SP27  Bandar Puteri  
 SP28  Puchong Perdana  
 SP29  Puchong Prima  
 SP30  - Future Station at Kampung Sri Aman.
 SP31  KJ37  Putra Heights Interchange with LRT Kelana Jaya Line.

Rolling stock[edit]

The rolling stock of the Ampang Line currently consists of a fleet of 50 new trains, better known as AMY, that are deployed to increase the capacity of the line and provide a better service. Each of the new trains is six cars long[13][14] and provided by CSR Zhuzhou of China, similar to on the design for İzmir Metro and Buenos Aires Underground 200 Series.[15] These trains are disabled-friendly and include safety features like closed-circuit TV, emergency breakable window, emergency ventilation fan, fire and smoke detection system and supervised automatic train operation system (SATO), and other elements such as interactive destination display inside the train, non-slipping seats, LCD infotainment, walk-through gangways, and a more spacious wheelchair space for the physically challenged.[16][17] The first trains for Sri Petaling Line were put into service starting from January 2015, followed by Ampang Line in December 2016.[18]

The formet fleet consisted of 90 Adtranz standard-gauge light rail vehicle (LRV) manufactured by Walkers Limited of Australia. These trains were electric multiple units (EMU), which draw power from the underside of a third rail alongside the track. All cars in each train were powered. The trains were manned, with driver cabs occupying the ends of the train. The trainsets came in two configurations. The first and most common variation was the six-car trainset, which consisted of three sets of two EMUs (2+2+2) and occupied the maximum platform length of the stations. Each of the two EMU sets at the front and rear consisted of one driving car and one trailer car, while the two EMUs between were trailer cars. Each two EMU sets were not connected to other EMU sets in the train. The second variation was a four-car trainset, a more obscure configuration that consists of only two EMU sets (2+2) of one driving car and one trailer car at both ends. These were only two-thirds the length and number of cars of the six-car variation. The 2+2 trainsets were used in full service until the widespread deployment of 2+2+2 trainsets. Each car had 3 bogies: 2 power bogies and one articulated trailer for the centre bogie. The end cars, numbered 1101 to 1260, have driver cabs. Middle cars numbered 2201 to 2230 have a concealed driver control panel, enabling the car to be moved around the depot independently. The train interiors were simple and basic. There were no individual seats, only longitudinal bench seating on either side of the train, surfaced in metal, while spaces near the connecting ends of the cars were provided for passengers who use wheelchairs and other assistive devices, with a large amount of floorspace for standing passengers. The rolling stock which has remained relatively unchanged since its introduction in 1996 were replaced by new trains from January 2015.

The Ampang Line system network fleet consists of the following models:

  • 50 6-car CSR Zhuzhou LRV trainsets, nicknamed as AMY, operated since January 2015.
  • 29 + 1 (out of service) 6-car Adtranz-Walkers LRV trainsets which were operated from December 1996 until December 2016, have been phased out and replaced by CSR Zhuzhou LRV trainsets.

Formation[edit]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6
Seating capacity
Designation
Set Designation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Arrival Date Status Launch Date
AMY 1 Jan 10 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 2 Feb 28 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 3 Mar 2015 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 4 Apr 2015 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 5 May 2015 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 6 Jun 2015 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 7 July 2015 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 8 End July 2015 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 9 August 2015 In operation 31 October 2015

Train Control[edit]

The Ampang Line and Sri Petaling Line are equipped with the Thales SelTrac Communications-based train control (CBTC) signaling system, and the iVENCS Control Systems.[19][20][21]

The operations are controlled at the Ampang Operational and Control Centre, with different depots located at Ampang and Putra Heights.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JADUAL 2.9 : BILANGAN PENUMPANG BAGI PERKHIDMATAN SISTEM ALIRAN RINGAN, SUKU KEEMPAT, 2015" [Table 2.9 : Number of Passengers for Light Rail Transit (LRT) Services, Fourth Quarter, 2015] (PDF) (in Malay and English). Ministry of Transport, Malaysia. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.myrapid.com.my/media-centre/media-releases/2016/perkhidmatan-rel-rapid-kl-catat-satu-lagi-kejayaan-hari-ini
  3. ^ An LRT-Bus strategy for greater Kuala Lumpur: What future integration?, page 9-10
  4. ^ Trolley Wire, page 12-14
  5. ^ Light Rail Transit Stations, page 4
  6. ^ LRT to be bailed out, govt confirms
  7. ^ George Kent-Lion Pacific JV gets Ampang Line extension job
  8. ^ Month-long free ride at four new LRT stations – Prasarana
  9. ^ Prasarana announces partial opening of Sri Petaling LRT line
  10. ^ Thales awarded the contract to upgrade Kuala Lumpur Ampang Line to fully automated CBTC signalling
  11. ^ Temporary suspension of LRT Ampang, Sri Petaling lines
  12. ^ Monorail and LRTs.
  13. ^ "Prasarana: Ampang Line extension Phase 1 on track for October launch". Malay Mail. Kuala Lumpur. 7 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  14. ^ "'Amy' to hit the tracks in October". The Star. Kuala Lumpur. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  15. ^ "CSR unveils new trains for KL Ampang Line". International Railway Journal. London. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  16. ^ Cheong, Sam (28 February 2014). "RapidKL gets 50 coaches for Ampang Line route". The Star. Kuala Lumpur. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  17. ^ "Ampang Line to get new trains in 2015". The Star. Kuala Lumpur. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  18. ^ http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/11/192862/direct-lrt-travel-between-ampang-and-sentul-timur-thursday
  19. ^ Thales awarded the contract to upgrade Kuala Lumpur Ampang Line to fully automated CBTC signalling
  20. ^ Thales to supply CBTC for KL's Ampang Line
  21. ^ Kelana Jaya Line Extension Opens

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