KL LRT: The Popular Kuala Lumpur RapidKL Light Rail Transit System
The RapidKl Light Rail Transit consists of 2 main lines, the Kelana Jaya Line and the Ampang Line, which were opened in 1995 and 1998 respectively. The KL LRT is owned by Syarikat Prasarana Negara, Prasarana and operated by RapidKL, a major public transport company in Malaysia.
KL LRT: RapidKl Light Rail Transit
The Ampang and Kelana Jaya lines of RapidKl Light Rail Transit were constructed and initially operated by different owners. The Ampang Line was operated by Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan Sdn. Bhd.( STAR). The Kelana Jaya Line was operated by Projek Usahasama Transit Ringan Automatik (PUTRA).
In 2004, the operational aspects of the two LRT lines were transferred to RapidKL under the second phase of the restructuring process of Kuala Lumpur’s public transportation network.
The 56 km KL LRT network has 50 stations. The RapidKl Light Rail Transit train services operate from 6.00 a.m and typically end before midnight daily with frequencies varying from approximately three minutes during peak hours to twenty-three minutes during non-peak hours.
Kelana Jaya Line of KL LRT
The Kelana Jaya Line of KL LRT with 24 stations and a route distance of 29 km, was the world’s longest fully automated driverless metro system in the world when it was first launched. Today, it remains as the world’s second longest fully-automated driverless metro system and the longest self-powered metro in Asia.
The Kelana Jaya Line is a medium-capacity rail transport system. The Kelana Jaya Line consists of a single line from Kelana Jaya to Gombak that primarily serves the Petaling Jaya region in the south, Kuala Lumpur City Centre to the centre and various residential areas to the north of Kuala Lumpur.
Ampang Line of KL LRT
The Ampang Line of KL LRT is a driver-operated light rail transit system in the Klang Valley. It was formerly known as STAR LRT and was re-named Ampang Line after it was taken over by RapidKL, a subsidiary of Prasarana.
The Ampang line consists of 1 major shared line and two sub-lines:
- Sentul Timur to Chan Sow Lin (shared stations between the two sub-lines)
- Chan Sow Lin to Ampang
- Chan Sow Lin to Sri Petaling
The Ampang Line of RapidKl Light Rail Transit consists of two routes with a total length of 27 kilometres that begin at two different stations to the south of the city, one from Sri Petaling while the other is from Ampang, meeting at an interchange station at Chan Sow Lin, continuing through the city centre and ending at the same station at the north at Sentul Timur.
The Ampang-Sentul Timur line begins at Ampang, while the Sri Petaling-Sentul Timur line begins at Sri Petaling. Both lines converge at Chan Sow Lin and the merged line leads to the north, terminating at Sentul Timur.