Royal Mulu National Park
Kuala Lumpur, meaning
"muddy confluence", is home to nearly 2 million souls. You may notice their
flag is familiar.
Previously run by three separate
authorities, Kuala Lumpur's 3 distinctly different metro systems are in the
merging into one authority.
All three systems consists of:
(Projek Usahasama Transit Ringan Automatik), which encourages all it's
ride with joy, operates
the 27 km long
an automated LRT which looks more like a hybrid light metro.
Beginning revenue service in 1998, the city's subway section opened in 1999. PUTRA claims to be the world's longest, fully
automated LRT. Each of the
vehicles used are powered by two linear induction electric motors, which keep
noise levels to a minimum. The vast majority of the system is above ground, with
4.4 km and 5 stations in tunnel, 19 elevated and one at grade station which opened in 2010..
A 17.7 km extension is under construction and will open
sometime in 2015 or 2016.
When visiting PUTRA's site, be
sure to take the
train ride. I found it much cheaper than an
airline ticket to Malaysia or a citation for spitting.
STAR (Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan) began revenue service in 1996. The 27 km, 25
station system is driver operated and consists of the Ampang line and the Sri
Petaling line. 17.6 km of the 25 km route are at grade, the remaining 9.6 km
elevated. STAR has been reported as a
dismal ridership failure by McLeong's
engineering site done shortly after phase one of the line's opening. You can
also catch a glimpse of the STAR metro in the last scene of a Sean
Connery-Catherine Zeta Jones movie.
Several extensions totaling 1 km are planned for the Putra and Ampang lines, as well as a new heavy rail project.
The Kuala Lumpur Monorail is an 8.6 km
long, 11 station line which runs from the bus terminal in the north,
through the central city, to KL Sentral (a massive community-business complex
centered around the railway station). The line
opened for revenue
service in August 2003.
The metro area is also served by
commuter trains and the 57 km high speed
Express Rail Link to the airport opened in 2003.
In 2011, the MY Rapid Transit project became official. The first of the three lines will be a 51 km, 31 station partially underground metro. The line is known as the Klang Valley Transit Project, after the trolleys that klanged through the area. The line is currently under construction and is scehduled to open in 2017.
Kuala Lumpur page
Monorail home page
KL monorail web cam
Robert Schwandl's Kuala Lumpur page
comprehensive page about urban rail lines in Kuala Lumpur
Brief description and photo of the
Star LRTAnother brief page on the Star LRTKuala Lampur
wanting to get into the
Report on Kuala Lampur's local rail lines
* Land, or "soil", in Malay.