Bukit Bintang Monorail station

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 MR6 
AirAsia – Bukit Bintang
Rapid KL (brand)
Monorail station
Bukit Bintang Monorail Station outview.jpg
The exterior of the AirAsia - Bukit Bintang Monorail station as of December 2017.
Other namesبوكيت بينتڠ (Jawi alphabet)
武吉免登 (Chinese)
புகித் பின்டாங்க் (Tamil)
LocationJalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Bukit Bintang intersection, Bukit Bintang, southern end of the Kuala Lumpur Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Coordinates3°8′45″N 101°42′40″E / 3.14583°N 101.71111°E / 3.14583; 101.71111
Owned byPrasarana Malaysia
Operated byRapid Rail
Line(s) 8  KL Monorail
Platforms2 side platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsConnecting station to  SBK18A  Pavilion Kuala Lumpur - Bukit Bintang.
Construction
Structure type MR6  Elevated
ParkingNot available
Disabled accessAvailable
Other information
Station code MR6 
History
Opened31 August 2003
Services
Preceding station   Rapid KL   Following station
towards KL Sentral
KL Monorail
towards Titiwangsa

Bukit Bintang (or AirAsia-Bukit Bintang for sponsorship reasons) [1] is a Monorail station located in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. As part of the KL Monorail line, it opened alongside the rest of the train service on August 31, 2003.

This monorail station is not integrated and not to be confused with the separate but adjacent Bukit Bintang MRT station, which is serviced by the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line instead.

History[edit]

The monorail station was opened on Hari Merdeka, 31 August 2003, along with the rest of the KL Monorail line.

The station was officially expanded on 13 September 2015 under the KL Monorail expansion program to accommodate new 4-car monorail trains by Scomi (Scomi SUTRA), and opened up 3 new entrances that directly leads to neighbouring malls.

Station Naming Rights Programme[edit]

Formerly known as the Bukit Bintang station since its opening on 2003, the station was renamed to AirAsia - Bukit Bintang on 9 October 2015 after Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia was given naming rights by station owner Prasarana Malaysia, under the Station Naming Rights Programme.[2][3]

Location[edit]

The station is situated at Bukit Bintang (translated from Malay to English as "Starhill"), a shopping hub in the Kuala Lumpur Golden Triangle commercial district. The monorail station is erected over Jalan Sultan Ismail, where it is located directly south from the Jalan Sultan Ismail - Jalan Bukit Bintang intersection.

Due to its proximity to Bukit Bintang, the monorail station receives a high volume of passengers during peak hours and non-working days.

Interchange[edit]

Bukit Bintang MRT station of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line and Bukit Bintang Monorail station are in the strict sense, two distinct stations, although both originally had the same names (now distinct with the new branding). Paid zone-to-paid zone integration between the two is proposed[4] but not observable at the moment. The AirAsia branding, used on the Monorail station (hence AirAsia-Bukit Bintang) was not extended to the underground MRT station, which uses a different branding (the nearby Pavilion Kuala Lumpur). Passengers will have to walk along the Yayasan Selangor building or Lot 10 shopping mall to get to the MRT station from the monorail station, and vice versa.[5]

Position within the Klang Valley Integrated Transit System[edit]

The Bukit Bintang station is the first monorail station (alongside three other stations) towards the Titiwangsa station to be lined along Jalan Sultan Ismail. The line towards the Kuala Lumpur Sentral station thereafter turns west towards Jalan Imbi at the Jalan Sultan Ismail - Jalan Imbi intersection.

The station is one of four Kuala Lumpur Monorail stations that serves the Kuala Lumpur Golden Triangle locality, the other three being the Raja Chulan station (500 metres away), the Imbi station (also 500 metres away), and the Hang Tuah station (connected to the Ampang Line LRT).

Layout[edit]

L2 Station Platform Level & Staircase Linkway Side platform
Platform 1  8  KL Monorail towards  MR11  Titiwangsa (→)
Platform 2  8  KL Monorail towards  MR1  KL Sentral (←)
Side platform
L1 Station Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Monorail Station Control, Concourse Staircase Linkway, Unpaid Area Escalator to/from Street Level
Linkway Pedestrian Linkway to Shopping Mall
G Street Level Jalan Sultan Ismail, Shops, Taxi Lay-by, Pedestrian Crossing

The station has four exits. Similar to the nearby Imbi station, the Bukit Bintang station is also directly within walking distance from various other shopping centres (including the Starhill Gallery, Low Yat Plaza, Pavilion KL, Fahrenheit 88, Lot 10, Imbi Plaza and Sungei Wang Plaza). The station is also the only Kuala Lumpur Monorail station to include an overhead link bridge that directly connects its two train platforms, instead of a link under the monorail platforms and track. The station's length is also longer in comparison with certain KL Monorail stations.

Exits and Entrance[edit]

KL Monorail station
Position Destination Picture
Northwest west side of Jalan Sultan Ismail
Klrt-unpaid link MRT station Entrance C
Northeast east side of Jalan Sultan Ismail
Klrt-unpaid link MRT station Entrance D
Southwest Sungei Wang Plaza (via pedestrian bridges)
Imbi Plaza, Low Yat Plaza
Southeast Lot 10 (via pedestrian bridges)
Fahrenheit 88, Starhill Gallery and Pavilion KL

Around the station[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Make a stop at AirAsia-Bukit Bintang monorail
  2. ^ Boo, Su-Lyn (9 October 2015). "Bukit Bintang monorail station now called 'AirAsia-Bukit Bintang'". Malay Mail. Petaling Jaya. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  3. ^ Meng, Yew Choong (12 October 2015). "Name train station after yourself". The Star. Petaling Jaya. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Bukit Bintang MRT Station @ 2017". Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Bukit Bintang MRT station will have 5 exits". Forum.lowyat.net. Retrieved 2017-07-19.