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Kuala Lumpur's New Integrated Urban Transport System

By the year 2000, the modern city of Kuala Lumpur will boast of an integrated rail network comprising five systems. They are:

STAR LIGHT RAIL.TRANSIT

PUTRA LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT

EXPRESS RAIL LINK

PEOPLE MOVER RAPID TRANSIT

KTM KOMUTER

 Click here for a view of the integrated rail systems.

1.STAR LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT

Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan (STAR) is the first of the two light rail systems in Kuala Lumpur. Starting from Ampang, the line branches at Chan Sow Lin to connect to either Sentul Timur or the Commonwealth Games Village at Bukit Jalil.

A major shareholder is the Kuala Lumpur Transit Group Sdn. Bhd. (a consortium comprising Taylor Woodrow International and AEG Schienenfahrzeuge GmbH), Malaysia's Employee Provident Fund, Lembaga Urusan dan Tabung Haji, and American International Assurance Co. Ltd. Other shareholders are STLR Sdn Bhd. (a Malaysian Ministry of Finance company), Singapore Government investment arm Apfin Investment Sdn. Bhd., Shell Retirement Funds, Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera, and Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pencen.

The project is at an advanced stage of completion, and the company celebrated its first year of successful service from Ampang to Bandaraya recently.

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2. PUTRA LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT

PUTRA or Projek Usahasama Transit Ringan Automatik is owned by Renong Bhd, a well-diversified Malaysian conglomerate. The company has a 60-year concession to build and operate the LRT System II.

The 29 km line connects the western and eastern suburbs with the city's business centre, linking Taman Melati to People's Park in the satellite town of Petaling Jaya.

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3. EXPRESS RAIL LINK

This system links the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), set to open in April 1998, with the new integrated transportation hub of Kuala Lumpur Sentral (see graphic below). This RM2.1 billion project is being built by ERL Sdn. Bhd., a consortium comprising Tabung Haji Technologies (40%), YTL Corporation (40%) and Abrar Corporation (20%). The Consortium holds a 30-year concession to operate the transportation system. When completed by end-1999, it will offer a 30-minute train ride to the new airport from the city train terminal which will offer passenger and baggage check-in services.

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4. PEOPLE MOVER RAPID TRANSIT

The PRT is a 16 km line which runs along existing roadways and the Klang River in the city. The first phase runs from the Pekeliling Northern Bus Terminal along Jalan Tun Razak to the Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station. The second phase continues from Kuala Lumpur Sentral to end at Jalan Klang Lama. The project is undertaken by the Berjaya Group, which is also developing the Kuala Lumpur Linear City Project.

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5. KTM KOMUTER

This service is already in operation and uses the existing KTM Bhd (or Keretapi Tanah Melayu, prior to its corporatisation) rail tracks. The double tracks link Rawang town to the city's north with Seremban, capital of Negeri Sembilan, with a western line branching at the existing central station to Port Klang.

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