Plaza Rakyat LRT station

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 AG8   SP8 
Plaza Rakyat
Light Rapid Transit station
170718 Station signage at Plaza Rakyat.jpg
Station signage at the station denoting the directions to the platforms of the LRT station and the Merdeka MRT station.
Other names 人民广场 (Chinese)
பல்சா ரக்யத் (Tamil)
Location Jalan Pudu
56000 WP Kuala Lumpur
Coordinates 3°8′40″N 101°42′5″E / 3.14444°N 101.70139°E / 3.14444; 101.70139
Owned by Prasarana Malaysia
Operated by Rapid Rail
Line(s)  3  Ampang Line
 4  Sri Petaling Line
 9  Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line via Merdeka
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Integrated station to  SBK17  Merdeka via a 180 metres paid-to-paid pedestrian walkway.
Construction
Structure type Elevated
Platform levels 2
Parking Not available
Other information
Station code  AG8   SP8 
History
Opened 16 December 1996
Services
Preceding station   Rapid KL   Following station
toward Sentul Timur
Ampang Line
toward Ampang
toward Sentul Timur
Sri Petaling Line
Plaza Rakyat station platform

Plaza Rakyat LRT station is an elevated rapid transit station in central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The station is on the common route of the Ampang Line and Sri Petaling Line. (both lines originally known as STAR-LRT) The station was opened on 16 December 1996, as part of the first phase of the STAR-LRT system's opening, along with 13 adjoining stations along the Sultan Ismail to Ampang route.

History[edit]

The station is named after and located at the rear of Plaza Rakyat, a large mixed-use development project that was stalled during the economic crisis in 1997. Due to its proximity with Plaza Rakyat as it was opened, the concourse level of the Plaza Rakyat station was originally intended to directly link the south side of the complex.

With Plaza Rakyat incomplete, a 150-metre-long covered pedestrian bridge and walkway was provided to connect the station to the south of the nearby Pudu Sentral bus station. Due to the suspension of the construction project, the pedestrian bridge continues to serve passengers entering and leaving the station until now.

The station is located near the site of the old Sultan Street railway station.

Connection to MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line[edit]

The Plaza Rakyat LRT station is an interchange station with Merdeka MRT station since 17 July 2017. It was initially meant to be only a connecting station without paid zone-to-paid zone integration, but a later update included paid zone-to-paid zone integration, where commuters do not need to tap out and purchase new tickets to transit to the other line.

Station layout[edit]

The station was constructed in a significantly different style from a standard Ampang Line and Sri Petaling Line station. Whereas a typical Ampang Line and Sri Petaling Line station consists of a dedicated structure of a similar style of white facades and roofs supported by latticework, the station is embedded into the Plaza Rakyat project, with thick, untreated concrete pillars and ceilings, and exposed pipes. Curved sheets were added and pillars were painted to soften the rough appearance of the station's interior.

The platforms of the station are linked via escalators and stairways to a single concourse area just below the rapid transit line, where tickets are purchased. There is lift facilities in this station.


L2
Side platform
Platform 1 Ampang and Sri Petaling Lines common route towards  AG1  SP1  Sentul Timur (→)
Platform 2 Ampang Line towards  AG18  Ampang or Sri Petaling Line towards  SP31  Putra Heights Interchange and both sprawling at  AG11  SP11  Chan Sow Lin Interchange (←)
Side platform
L1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Shops, Footbridge to Methodist Boys' Secondary School, Pudu Sentral and Jalan Pudu. Integrated paid area via pedestrian linkway to  SBK17  Merdeka.

Around the station[edit]

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