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Ampang line & Sri Petaling line
 3   4 
Rapid KL (brand)
170607 KL city centre from PWTC.jpg
6-car CSR Zhuzhou Amy Articulated LRV at SP4 PWTC
Overview
Native name LRT Laluan Ampang & LRT Laluan Sri Petaling
Type Rapid transit
System Rapid KL - LRT KL System 1 (LRT1)
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 162,536 (First Quarter 2018)[1]
Ridership 59.46 million (2017)[1]
Line number  3  &  4 
Website My Rapid
Operation
Opened 16 December 1996; 21 years ago (1996-12-16)
Last extension 30 June 2016; 2 years 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 Articulated LRV
50 [2] six-car trainsets
Width: 2.65 m (8 ft 8 in)
Length: 84.0 m (275.6 ft)
Technical
Line length 45.1 km (28.0 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification Third rail
Operating speed Average: 60 km/h (37 mph)
Route map
GKLKV Integrated Transit Map -KwongTN.svg
Location of Ampang and Sri Petaling LRT line

The LRT Ampang line and the 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.

The Ampang line is named after its terminus, Ampang station, while the Sri Petaling Line is named after its former terminus, Sri Petaling station.

The Ampang and Sri Petaling lines form part of the Greater KL/Klang Valley Integrated Transit System, numbered  3  and  4 , and are coloured Orange and Maroon on the rail map respectively.

Stations[edit]

The Ampang and Sri Petaling lines run on a common route between Sentul Timur station and Chan Sow Lin station, effectively making all the stations on this section to act as interchanges for both lines. From Chan Sow Lin station, the lines diverge and run separately, with the Ampang line travelling to its terminus, Ampang station, whereas the Sri Petaling line runs to Putra Heights station, where it meets the Kelana Jaya Line.[3][4]

LRT Ampang line[edit]

Code Name Platform type Interchange/Notes
 AG1  SP1  Sentul Timur Terminus(Side) Northern terminus.
 AG2  SP2  Sentul Side Not interchangeable with  KC01  Sentul on the KTM Seremban line despite of the similar name.
 AG3  SP3  MR11  SSP13  Titiwangsa Side Interchange with  MR11  for the KL Monorail Line as well as  SSP13  for the MRT Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line. (Opening 2022)
 AG4  SP4  PWTC Side Connects to  KA04  Putra Komuter station with walking distance of 600 metres.
 AG5  SP5  Sultan Ismail Side Connects to  MR9  Medan Tuanku station.
 AG6  SP6  Bandaraya Side Connects to  KA03  Bank Negara Komuter station with walking distance of 250 metres.
 AG7  SP7  KJ13  Masjid Jamek Side Interchange with  KJ13  LRT Kelana Jaya Line.
 AG8  SP8  SBK17  Plaza Rakyat Side Interchange station to  SBK17  Merdeka station for Sungai Buloh–Kajang line via 180-metre air-conditioned covered walkway.
 AG9  SP9  MR4  Hang Tuah Side Interchange with  MR4  KL Monorail.
 AG10  SP10  Pudu Side
 AG11  SP11  SSP20  Chan Sow Lin Island Future interchange  SSP20  with the MRT Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line (Opening 2022).
 AG12  Miharja Side
 AG13  SBK22  Maluri Side Interchange  SBK22  with the MRT Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line.
 AG14  Pandan Jaya Side
 AG15  Pandan Indah Side
 AG16  Cempaka Side
 AG17  Cahaya Side
 AG18  Ampang Terminus(Island) Eastern terminus as well as the proposed interchange for the MRT Circle Line.

LRT Sri Petaling line[edit]

Code Name Platform type Interchange/Notes
 AG1  SP1  Sentul Timur Terminus(Side) Northern terminus.
 AG2  SP2  Sentul Side Not interchangeable with  KC01  Sentul on the KTM Seremban line despite of the similar name.
 AG3  SP3  MR11  SSP13  Titiwangsa Side Interchange with  MR11  for the KL Monorail Line as well as  SSP13  for the MRT Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line. (Opening 2022)
 AG4  SP4  PWTC Side Connects to  KA04  Putra Komuter station with walking distance of 600 metres.
 AG5  SP5  Sultan Ismail Side Connects to  MR9  Medan Tuanku station.
 AG6  SP6  Bandaraya Side Connects to  KA03  Bank Negara Komuter station with walking distance of 250 metres.
 AG7  SP7  KJ13  Masjid Jamek Side Interchange with  KJ13  LRT Kelana Jaya Line.
 AG8  SP8  SBK17  Plaza Rakyat Side Interchange station to  SBK17  Merdeka station for Sungai Buloh–Kajang line via 180-metre air-conditioned covered walkway.
 AG9  SP9  MR4  Hang Tuah Side Interchange with  MR4  KL Monorail.
 AG10  SP10  Pudu Side
 AG11  SP11  SSP20  Chan Sow Lin Island Future interchange  SSP20  with the MRT Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line (Opening 2022).
 SP12  Cheras Side Feeder Bus T401 to  SBK24  Cochrane for the MRT Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line.
 SP13  Salak Selatan Side Not interchangeable with  KB03  Salak Selatan on the KTM Seremban line. The KTM station is 500 metres away from the LRT station. Feeder Bus T402 to  SBK24  Taman Midah for the MRT Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line.
 SP14  Bandar Tun Razak Side
 SP15  KB04  KT02  Bandar Tasik Selatan Island Interchange with  KB04  Seremban Line and  KT02  KLIA Transit. This is the place where the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan is located. Feeder bus T410 to  SBK26  Taman Connaught for the MRT Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line.
 SP16  SSP25  Sungai Besi Side Future interchange  SSP25  with the MRT Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line (Opening 2022).
May connect to the proposed  KB--  Maju KL Komuter station
 SP17  Bukit Jalil Side Connecting station to Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
 SP18  Sri Petaling Side Former terminus before the LRT extension to  SP22  Kinrara BK5 in October 2015.
 SP19  Awan Besar Island
 SP20  Muhibbah Side
 SP21  Alam Sutera Side
 SP22  Kinrara BK5 Side Former terminus before the LRT extension to  SP27  Bandar Puteri in March 2016.
 SP23  Kinrara BK3 Side Future Station at Bandar Kinrara (Possibly Kinrara BK3).
 SP24  IOI Puchong Jaya Side
 SP25  Pusat Bandar Puchong Side
 SP26  Taman Perindustrian Puchong Side
 SP27  Bandar Puteri Island Former terminus before the final LRT extension to  SP31  Putra Heights in June 2016. 
 SP28  Puchong Perdana Side
 SP29  Puchong Prima Side
 SP30  Kampung Sri Aman Side Future Station at Kampung Sri Aman.
 SP31  KJ37  Putra Heights Terminus (Island & Side) Southern terminus for both LRT Sri Petaling Line as well as LRT Kelana Jaya Line.

Cross-platform interchange  KJ37  for the LRT Kelana Jaya Line.

Rolling stock[edit]

A former rolling stock of Adtranz-Walkers Articulated LRV trainset

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[5][6] and provided by CSR Zhuzhou of China, similar to on the design for İzmir Metro and Buenos Aires Underground 200 Series.[7] 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.[8][9] The first trains were put into service on the Sri Petaling-Kinrara BK5 stretch in October 2015, and then until Putra Heights and Sentul Timur in July 2016, and finally the Ampang branch line in December 2016.[10]

The interior of an AMY train used for both lines

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.

A 6-car trainset of CSR Zhuzhou Articulated LRV at Awan Besar

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 in stages by the new trains between 2015 and 2016.

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

Formation[edit]

Set designation 1 2 3 4 5 6
Formation Cabin Middle Car Middle Car Middle Car Middle Car Cabin
Set 1 2 3 4 5 6 Arrival date Status Launch date
AMY 1 3011 3012 3013 3014 3015 3016 Jan 10 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 2 3021 3022 3023 3024 3025 3026 Feb 28 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 3 3031 3032 3033 3034 3035 3036 Mar 2015 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 4 3041 3042 3043 3044 3045 3046 Apr 2015 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 5 3051 3052 3053 3054 3055 3056 May 2015 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 6 3061 3062 3063 3064 3065 3066 Jun 2015 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 7 3071 3072 3073 3074 3075 3076 July 2015 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 8 3081 3082 3083 3084 3085 3086 End July 2015 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 9 3091 3092 3093 3094 3095 3096 August 2015 In operation 31 October 2015
AMY 10 3101 3102 3103 3104 3105 3106 In operation
AMY 11 3111 3112 3113 3114 3115 3116 In operation
AMY 12 3121 3122 3123 3124 3125 3126 In operation
AMY 13 3131 3132 3133 3134 3135 3136 In operation
AMY 14 3141 3142 3143 3144 3145 3146 In operation
AMY 15 3151 3152 3153 3154 3155 3156 In operation
AMY 16 3161 3162 3163 3164 3165 3166 In operation
AMY 17 3171 3172 3173 3174 3175 3176 In operation
AMY 18 3181 3182 3183 3184 3185 3186 In operation
AMY 19 3191 3192 3193 3194 3195 3196 In operation
AMY 20 4201 4202 4203 4204 4205 4206 In operation
AMY 21 4211 4212 4213 4214 4215 4216 In operation
AMY 22 4221 4222 4223 4224 4225 4226 In operation
AMY 23 4231 4232 4233 4234 4235 4236 In operation
AMY 24 4241 4242 4243 4244 4245 4246 In operation
AMY 25 4251 4252 4253 4254 4255 4256 In operation
AMY 26 4261 4262 4263 4264 4265 4266 In operation
AMY 27 4271 4272 4273 4274 4275 4276 In operation
AMY 28 4281 4282 4283 4284 4285 4286 In operation
AMY 29 4291 4292 4293 4294 4295 4296 In operation
AMY 30 4301 4302 4303 4304 4305 4306 In operation
AMY 31 4311 4312 4313 4314 4315 4316 In operation
AMY 32 4321 4322 4323 4324 4325 4326 In operation
AMY 33 4331 4332 4333 4334 4335 4336 In operation
AMY 34 4341 4342 4343 4344 4345 4346 In operation
AMY 35 4351 4352 4353 4354 4355 4356 In operation
AMY 36 4361 4362 4363 4364 4365 4366 In operation
AMY 37 4371 4372 4373 4374 4375 4376 In operation
AMY 38 4381 4382 4383 4384 4385 4386 In operation
AMY 39 4391 4392 4393 4394 4395 4396 In operation
AMY 40 4401 4402 4403 4404 4405 4406 In operation
AMY 41 4411 4412 4413 4414 4415 4416 In operation
AMY 42 4421 4422 4423 4424 4425 4426 In operation
AMY 43 4431 4432 4433 4434 4435 4436 In operation
AMY 44 4441 4442 4443 4444 4445 4446 In operation
AMY 45 4451 4452 4453 4454 4455 4456 In operation
AMY 46 4461 4462 4463 4464 4465 4466 In operation
AMY 47 4471 4472 4473 4474 4475 4476 In operation
AMY 48 4481 4482 4483 4484 4485 4486 In operation
AMY 49 4491 4492 4493 4494 4495 4496 In operation
AMY 50 4501 4502 4503 4504 4505 4506 In operation

Train control[edit]

The Ampang and Sri Petaling lines are equipped with the Thales SelTrac Communications-based train control (CBTC) signaling system, and the iVENCS Control Systems.[11][12][13]

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

Ridership[edit]

Ampang/Sri Petaling Line Ridership[1][14][15]
Year Ridership Remarks
2018 14,953,356 Statistics for first quarter
2017 59,462,032
2016 59,192,907
2015 62,809,412
2014 63,270,432
2013 60,207,397
2012 56,809,978
2011 53,568,672
2010 51,572,177
2009 49,375,077
2008 51,009,480
2007 52,434,883
2006 49,727,909
2005 45,636,997
2004 43,535,471
2003 41,159,817
2002 33,471,344
2001 32,412,191
2000 28,426,201
1999 22,829,543

History[edit]

LRT track around Chan Sow Lin, the interchange station between two lines. The building behind the track is The Exchange 106, the tallest building (although still under construction) in Kuala Lumpur as of 2018.

The Ampang Line and Sri Petaling Line were originally known as the STAR LRT (abbreviation for Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan which means Light Rapid Transit System), 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 in 1992.[16]

The original system (27.4 km) consists of 25 stations built in two phases. Phase one (12.4 km) consists of 14 stations (AmpangSultan Ismail) and a depot near Ampang station. Phase two (15 km) consists of 11 stations (Chan Sow LinBukit Jalil, and Sultan IsmailSentul Timur). The two phases opened in December 1996 and July 1998.[17][18]

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.[19] 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. This extended the terminus of the Sri Petaling line from Sri Petaling to Putra Heights.[20] 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.[21][22]. 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.[23][24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Statistics for Rail Transport" (in Malay and English). Ministry of Transport, Malaysia. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  2. ^ http://www.myrapid.com.my/media-centre/media-releases/2016/perkhidmatan-rel-rapid-kl-catat-satu-lagi-kejayaan-hari-ini
  3. ^ Wai, Kong (2016-11-30). "Direct LRT travel between Ampang and Sentul Timur starts tomorrow". Timeout.com. Retrieved 2017-07-19. 
  4. ^ November 29, 2016 @ 2:58pm (2016-11-29). "Direct LRT travel between Ampang and Sentul Timur from Thursday | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News". Nst.com.my. Retrieved 2017-07-19. 
  5. ^ "Prasarana: Ampang Line extension Phase 1 on track for October launch". Malay Mail. Kuala Lumpur. 7 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  6. ^ "'Amy' to hit the tracks in October". The Star. Kuala Lumpur. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  7. ^ "CSR unveils new trains for KL Ampang Line". International Railway Journal. London. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  8. ^ Cheong, Sam (28 February 2014). "RapidKL gets 50 coaches for Ampang Line route". The Star. Kuala Lumpur. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  9. ^ "Ampang Line to get new trains in 2015". The Star. Kuala Lumpur. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  10. ^ November 29, 2016 @ 2:58pm (2016-11-29). "Direct LRT travel between Ampang and Sentul Timur from Thursday | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News". Nst.com.my. Retrieved 2017-07-19. 
  11. ^ Thales awarded the contract to upgrade Kuala Lumpur Ampang line to fully automated CBTC signalling
  12. ^ Thales to supply CBTC for KL's Ampang Line
  13. ^ Kelana Jaya Line Extension Opens
  14. ^ "Transport Statistics Malaysia 2016" (PDF) (in Malay and English). Ministry of Transport, Malaysia. Retrieved 8 December 2017. 
  15. ^ "Transport Statistics Malaysia 2008" (PDF) (in Malay and English). Ministry of Transport, Malaysia. Retrieved 8 December 2017. 
  16. ^ An LRT-Bus strategy for greater Kuala Lumpur: What future integration?, page 9-10
  17. ^ Trolley Wire, page 12-14
  18. ^ Light Rail Transit Stations, page 4
  19. ^ LRT to be bailed out, govt confirms
  20. ^ George Kent-Lion Pacific JV gets Ampang Line extension job
  21. ^ Month-long free ride at four new LRT stations – Prasarana
  22. ^ Prasarana announces partial opening of Sri Petaling LRT line
  23. ^ Thales awarded the contract to upgrade Kuala Lumpur Ampang Line to fully automated CBTC signalling
  24. ^ Temporary suspension of LRT Ampang, Sri Petaling lines

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Route maps[edit]