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Ampang Line & Sri Petaling Line
 3   4 
Rapid KL (brand)
170607 KL city centre from PWTC.jpg
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 172,080 (2015)
Ridership 62.089 million (2015)[1]
(Decrease 1.8%)
Line number  3  &  4 
Website My Rapid
Operation
Opened 16 December 1996; 20 years ago (1996-12-16)
Last extension 30 June 2016; 12 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)
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 60 km/h (37 mph)
Route map
SP1 Sentul Timur Parking
SP2 Sentul (LRT) Parking
SP3
MR11
Titiwangsa MadridMetro-BusUrbano.svg MadridMetro-EMT.svg  8   12 
SP4 PWTC
KA04 Putra  1   2 
SP5 Sultan Ismail MadridMetro-BusUrbano.svg MadridMetro-EMT.svg
SP6 Bandaraya MadridMetro-EMT.svg
KA03 Bank Negara  1   2 
SP7
KJ13
Masjid Jamek  5 
SBK17 Merdeka  9 
SP8 Plaza Rakyat MadridMetro-LargoRecorrido.svg Pudu Sentral
SP9
MR4
Hang Tuah  8 
SP10 Pudu
 
 
AG1
SP11
Chan Sow Lin  12 
AG2 Miharja Parking
AG3
SBK22
Maluri Parking  9 
AG4 Pandan Jaya Parking
AG5 Pandan Indah Parking
AG6 Cempaka Parking
AG7 Cahaya
Ampang Depot
AG8 Ampang Parking
SP12 Cheras Parking
SP13 Salak Selatan (LRT) Parking
SP14 Bandar Tun Razak
SP15
KB04/KT2
Bandar Tasik Selatan Parking Terminal Bersepadu Selatan  7   1 
SP16 Sungai Besi  12 
SP17 Bukit Jalil Parking
SP18 Sri Petaling Parking
SP19 Awan Besar Parking
SP20 Muhibbah Parking
SP21 Alam Sutera
SP22 Kinrara BK5 Parking
SP23 Kinrara BK3 (future station)
SP24 IOI Puchong Jaya Parking
SP25 Pusat Bandar Puchong Parking
SP26 Taman Perindustrian Puchong Parking
SP27 Bandar Puteri
SP28 Puchong Perdana
SP29 Puchong Prima
SP30 Kampung Sri Aman (future station)
Kuala Sungai Baru Depot
SP31
KJ37
Putra Heights Parking  5 

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

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) consists of 14 stations (AmpangSultan Ismail) and a depot near Ampang station. Phase two (15km) consists 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

Ampang Line and Sri Petaling Line 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 Ampang Line travelling to its terminus, Ampang station, whereas Sri Petaling Line runs to Putra Heights station, where it meets the Kelana Jaya Line.[12][13]

LRT Ampang Line

Station Number Station Name Interchange/Notes
 AG1  SP1  Sentul Timur  
 AG2  SP2  Sentul  
 AG3  SP3  MR11  SSP13  Titiwangsa Interchange with KL Monorail and Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line. (Opening 2022)
 AG4  SP4  PWTC Connects to  KA04  Putra Komuter station.
 AG5  SP5  Sultan Ismail Connects to  MR9  Medan Tuanku station.
 AG6  SP6  Bandaraya Connects to  KA03  Bank Negara Komuter station.
 AG7  SP7  KJ13  Masjid Jamek Interchange with Kelana Jaya Line.
 AG8  SP8  Plaza Rakyat Interchange station to  SBK17  Merdeka station for Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line.
 AG9  SP9  MR4  Hang Tuah Interchange with KL Monorail.
 AG10  SP10  Pudu  
 AG11  SP11  SSP20  Chan Sow Lin Interchange with Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line (Opening 2022).
 AG12  Miharja  
 AG13  SBK19  Maluri Interchange with Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line.
 AG14  Pandan Jaya  
 AG15  Pandan Indah  
 AG16  Cempaka  
 AG17  Cahaya  
 AG18  Ampang  

LRT Sri Petaling Line

Station Number Station Name Interchange/Notes
 SP1  AG1  Sentul Timur  
 SP2  AG2  Sentul  
 SP3  AG3  MR11  SSP13  Titiwangsa Interchange with KL Monorail and Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line. (Opening 2022)
 SP4  AG4  PWTC Connects to  KA04  Putra Komuter station.
 SP5  AG5  Sultan Ismail Connects to  MR9  Medan Tuanku station.
 SP6  AG6  Bandaraya Connects to  KA03  Bank Negara Komuter station.
 SP7  AG7  KJ13  Masjid Jamek Interchange with Kelana Jaya Line.
 SP8  AG8  AG1  Plaza Rakyat Interchange station to  SBK17  Merdeka station for Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line.
 SP9  AG9  MR4  Hang Tuah Interchange with KL Monorail.
 SP10  AG10  Pudu  
 SP11  AG11  SSP20  Chan Sow Lin Interchange with Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line (Opening 2022).
 SP12  Cheras  
 SP13  Salak Selatan  
 SP14  Bandar Tun Razak  
 SP15  KB04  ERL  Bandar Tasik Selatan Interchange with Seremban Line and KLIA Transit
 SP16  SSP25  Sungai Besi Interchange with Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line (Opening 2022).
 SP17  Bukit Jalil  
 SP18  Sri Petaling  
 SP19  Awan Besar  
 SP20  Muhibbah  
 SP21  Alam Sutera  
 SP22  Kinrara BK5  
 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 Kelana Jaya Line.

Rolling stock

An Adtranz-Walkers EMU 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[14][15] and provided by CSR Zhuzhou of China, similar to on the design for İzmir Metro and Buenos Aires Underground 200 Series.[16] 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.[17][18] The first trains for Sri Petaling Line were put into service starting from January 2015, followed by Ampang Line in December 2016.[19]

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. 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

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

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.[20][21][22]

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

References

  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. ^ Wai, Kong (2016-11-30). "Direct LRT travel between Ampang and Sentul Timur starts tomorrow". Timeout.com. Retrieved 2017-07-19. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ "Prasarana: Ampang Line extension Phase 1 on track for October launch". Malay Mail. Kuala Lumpur. 7 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  15. ^ "'Amy' to hit the tracks in October". The Star. Kuala Lumpur. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  16. ^ "CSR unveils new trains for KL Ampang Line". International Railway Journal. London. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  17. ^ Cheong, Sam (28 February 2014). "RapidKL gets 50 coaches for Ampang Line route". The Star. Kuala Lumpur. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  18. ^ "Ampang Line to get new trains in 2015". The Star. Kuala Lumpur. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ Thales awarded the contract to upgrade Kuala Lumpur Ampang Line to fully automated CBTC signalling
  21. ^ Thales to supply CBTC for KL's Ampang Line
  22. ^ Kelana Jaya Line Extension Opens

External Links

Route maps