MRT Circle Line

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MRT Circle Line
Rapid KL (brand)
Native nameLaluan MRT Lingkaran
TypeRapid transit
SystemKVMRT Line 3 (MRT3)
StatusShelved on 30 May 2018 until further notice [2]
Underground: 19
(Ampang Jaya - Bandar Malaysia - KL Eco City - Bukit Kiara - Sentul - Setapak - Ampang)
Line number 13 
Planned openingProject delayed[3]
OwnerMass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd
Conduction systemAutomated and driverless
Line length40 km (25 mi)[4] [5]
Elevated: 8 km (5.0 mi)
Underground: 32 km (20 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Operating speedMaximum operating speed of 100 km per hour
Route map
GKLKV Integrated Transit Map -KwongTN.svg

The MRT 3, MRT Line 3 or MRT Circle Line was a proposed thirteenth rail transit line, the fifth fully automated and driverless rail system in Klang Valley area. If completed, this line would form the loop line of the Greater KL/Klang Valley Integrated Transit System. The director of this project is the former chief executive officer of Rapid Rail, Dato' Ir. Zohari Sulaiman.[6]

It was one of three planned rail lines under Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Project by MRT Corp. Announcement of alignment and station locations was expected during the second quarter of 2011. The MRT Circle Line was expected to cover the hotspots surrounding the Bandar Malaysia, Ampang, KL Ecocity, Bukit Kiara and Sentul. Interest in building the line resurfaced in early 2015,[7] but the project was then shelved by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in May 2018[8][9].


  • 12 August 2016 - MRT Corp announced that it is expected to submit the study on the MRT Line 3 to the government by year-end.[10]
  • 6 September 2017 - Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai indicated that plans are being drawn up to fast-track the construction of MRT 3 for completion before 2027.[11]
  • 27 October 2017 - During Budget 2018 announced on 27 Oct 2017, Prime Minister Najib Razak indicated that plans are being drawn up to fast-track the construction of MRT 3 for completion before 2025.
  • 3 January 2018 - The former CEO of Rapid Rail, Dato' Ir. Zohari Sulaiman, is appointed by MRTCorp to be the project director of this project.[6]
  • 30 May 2018 - Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced that the government would scrap the MRT 3 rail transit project.[2][9]

Comments from MRT Corp. CEO[edit]

On 1 June 2018 (2 days after the project has been shelved by the Prime Minister), Dato' Sri Shahril Mokhtar who is the Chief Executive Officer of MRT Corp said that the cancellation of the project is not a mistake but it still needs to be done in the future.

"We abide by the government’s decision (to discontinue the project) but we also acknowledge that the MRT line 3 is critical to close all the loop. We hope that one day in the future, once the government’s fiscal position gets better, the government will consider this.", he added.[12]

Sentul-Maluri alignment possibility[edit]


Station Code Station Name Platform type Interchange/Notes
 SP1  Sentul Timur Terminal Interchange with Sri Petaling Line, at  SP1  Sentul Timur.
 KC01  Sentul Possible interchange with Seremban Line at  KC01  KTM Sentul.
 SSP12  Sentul West Possible interchange with MRT Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya line at  SSP12  Sentul West.
Publika shopping gallery
Mont Kiara
Sri Hartamas
Pusat Sains Negara
 SBK12A  Bukit Kiara Possible interchange with Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line, at  SBK12A  Bukit Kiara.
Seksyen 19
Seksyen 13
 KJ19  KL Gateway–Universiti Possible interchange with Kelana Jaya Line, at  KJ19  KL Gateway–Universiti.
 KD02  Angkasapuri Possible interchange station to Port Klang Line, at  KD02  Angkasapuri.
Old Klang Road
Taman Desa
Kuchai Jaya
 SSP23  Kuchai Lama Possible interchange with Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line, at  SSP23  Kuchai Lama.
 KB03  Salak Selatan Possible interchange with Seremban Line at  KB03  KTM Salak Selatan.
Bandar Sri Permaisuri
 SBK22  Maluri Terminal Terminus. Possible interchange with Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line, replacing the existing built  AG13  Maluri LRT station.

Other possible stations[edit]

Sentul-Bangsar alignment posibility
 3   4  Right arrow
Sentul Timur
Jalan Kuching
 2  Right arrow
Jalan Duta
Mont Kiara
Sri Hartamas
Pusat Sains Negara
Bukit Kiara
Left arrow  9  Right arrow
Left arrow  5  Right arrow
Mid Valley
Left arrow  1  Right arrow

Interchange stations

integrated paid area
single fare trip
non-integrated paid area
multiple fare trips


  1. ^ "MRT Corp calls for tender to build and finance MRT3 line". The Edge Markets. 6 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Govt scraps MRT 3 project". The Star Online. Star Media Group Berhad. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ ‘Ride shares help MRT service’
  4. ^ "MRT Corp planning 3rd line for Klang Valley". New Straits Times.
  5. ^ "Kuala Lumpur MRT, Malaysia" (PDF). Global Mass Transit Research.
  6. ^ a b "MRT Corp appoints Zohari Sulaiman as MRT3 project director". NST Online. 2018-01-03. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  7. ^ Wong, Joseph (5 February 2015). "Eyes now on MRT Line 3". The Ant Daily. Archived from the original on 19 May 2015.
  8. ^ "PM Mahathir : Malaysia's planned MRT3 cancelled". The Edge Markets. 2018-05-30. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  9. ^ a b "Govt slams brakes on MRT3 and HSR projects". NST Online. 2018-05-30. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  10. ^ "MRT Corp to submit Line 3 study to govt by year-end". The Star Online. Star Media Group Berhad. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Plans to fast-track MRT 3's completion". The Star Online. Star Media Group Berhad. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  12. ^ "MRT CEO: The MRT3 project should be carried out in future to 'close the loop'". NST Online. 2018-06-01. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  13. ^ "Possible segment of MRT Circle Line at Ekspo Negaraku 2017". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  14. ^ "PM: Reducing road traffic a game changer in transforming lifestyle of Malaysians". Retrieved 25 March 2018.

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