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Kuala Lumpur - 1.6 million inhabitants in city proper, some 7.2 million in metropolitan area

The urban rail system in the Malaysian capital currently consists of three metro-style routes, whose names and line designations have changed repeatedly in the past, with a fourth now under construction. Despite being referred to as LRT, all the routes are completely grade-separated. The urban rail network is complemented by an S-Bahn-style suburban railway plus the KLIA Airport Express:



The system formerly known as 'STAR' (for "Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan") is an elevated driver operated system. After construction began in 1993, the line started revenue service in three stages: 16 Dec 1996 Sultan Ismail - Ampang (12 km); 12 July 1998 Chan Sow Lin - Sri Petaling (southern branch) and then in Dec. 1998 the northern stretch to Sentul Timur. Total length of the line had reached 27 km (17.6 at grade without level crossings, 9.4 elevated mainly between Sultan Ismail and Plaza Rakyat), 25 stations (17 at grade, 8 elevated). Trains run at a maximum speed of 70 km/h (commercial speed 35 km/h) and are air-conditioned. Since Nov 2004, the two lines have been operated by RAPID KL. 11 years later, the first section of a southern extension was opened. Upon completion of the southern extension, the Sri Petaling & Ampang Line has a total length of 45.1 km.

16 Dec 1996: Sultan Ismail - Ampang (12 km)
12 July 1998: Chan Sow Lin - Sri Petaling
06 Dec 1998:
Sultan Ismail - Sentul Timur
01 Nov 2015: Sri Petaling - Kinrara BK5 (5.5 km)
31 March 2016: Kinrara BK5 - Bandar Puteri
(6.5 km)
30 June 2016:
Bandar Puteri - Putra Heights (5.4 km)

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More Sri Petaling & Ampang Line photos!


For one year this 29 km line was actually the world's longest fully automated line until Lille's Line 2 was extended to 32 km in Oct. 2000. It is mainly elevated with a 4.4 km underground section between Masjid Jamek and Ampang Park. All stations are wheelchair accessible, have toilets, and platform screen doors in underground stations, info is also provided in English. The former PUTRA (Projek Usahasama Transit Ringan Automatik) line is operated by 35 two-car air-conditioned trains which carry some 35 million passengers per year. On 1 Sept 1998 it started operating between Kelana Jaya and Pasar Seni (14.1 km), and from 26 June 1999 it continues north to Terminal Putra (now Gombak) (14.9 km). KL Sentral station (central railway station) finally opened on 1 April 2001. Since Nov 2004, the line has been operated by RAPID KL. With the extension to Putra Heights in 2016, the line has reached a total length of 46.4 km.

01 Sept 1998: Kelana Jaya - Pasar Seni (14.1 km)
26 June 1999: Pasar Seni - Terminal Putra (now Gombak) (14.9 km)
01 April 2001: KL Sentral station opened
24 Dec 2010: Sri Rampai station added
30 June 2016: Kelana Jaya - Putra Heights (17.4 km) (Project Website)

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More Kelana Jaya Line photos!

 KL Monorail Line (Line 8)

Construction of an elevated monorail line (planned to be 16 km long) began in 1997. Eventually only the northern part (8.6 km) was built. Permanently coupled 2-car trains are driver-operated and run every 2-5 minutes during peak hours. The 20 m long and 3 m wide trains are based on the Seattle Monorail. Stations are built 10 m above the road with 63 m side platforms, distance between stations is 600-1000 m.

31 Aug 2003: Titiwangsa - KL Sentral

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 MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line (Line 9)

As part of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit, the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line is a 51 km line that starts at Sungai Buloh located to the northwest of Kuala Lumpur, runs through the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, and ends in Kajang southeast of Kuala Lumpur. The line is underground through the city centre over a distance of 9.5 km. There are 31 stations of which seven are underground. (Project Website)

16 Dec 2016: Sungai Buloh - Semantan (21 km)
17 July 2017: Semantan - Kajang (30 km)

MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line

More Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line photos!


LRT3 will be a 37 km metro line with 26 stations starting from Bandar Utama station on the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line and serving the western parts of the metropolitan area (2020, Project Website)


 KLIA Express

KLIA Ekspres (Airport Express Line with commuter service)

On 14 April 2002, a new 57 km express rail line started operating from KL Sentral to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport). The line is also used for a commuter service with three intermediate stations.


 KTM Suburban Rail

 On 01 May 2018, a branch opened with limited service from Subang Jaya to Terminal Skypark. Labelled "Line 10", these trains run nonstop between Sentral and Subang Jaya.




MyRapid - Official Public Transport Portal

KLIA Ekspres - Airport Express Line

Public Transport in Kuala Lumpur at Wikipedia

Monorail Society's KL Monorail Special

Stesen Sentral - KL Integrated Rail Services

Mc Leong's KL Site includes LRT info

KTMB - Malaysian National Railways

KL Fare Calculator

Transit - Malaysia's Public Transport Forum



KL Monorail KL Monorail KL Monorail



Craig Moore reports from Kuala Lumpur in Aug. 2018:

The historic development of urban rail in Kuala Lumpur has been very fragmented, with the system being created, and expanded, through different ownership, construction, mode and operational styles. It was not until 2004, when Rapid KL took operational control of the LRT lines, that some semblance of integration became evident. In 2007 the Monorail was also brought under this brand and since then there has been an attempt to better assimilate urban rail provision in the capital area. Initially, this had mixed success but, more recently, there has been a strengthening of ambition and resources to make this work – and this has largely been successful. This trend, together with recent expansions of rail provision, means that metropolitan KL now has a significant rail ‘footprint’ with 10 lines and several different modes throughout the Federal District and surrounding parts of Selangor. Whilst Rapid KL services (MRT/LRT/Monorail) are undoubtedly the backbone of rail provision, this is supported by KTM suburban rail services and a private airport line to PutraJaya and KLIA.

Rapid KL Services
The first modern rail provision in KL was the Ampang/Sri Petaling Line (37km to Sri-Petaling and 8.1km branch to Ampang from Chan Sow Lin). It runs on standard-gauge track with third-rail power supply from the Sentul area in the north on an elevated structure along the Gombak River and through the original city centre. This part of the route is the most characterful and the rail elevation is a great way to see the city and its, somewhat, indiscriminate development. The central section includes interchange with the Monorail at Titiwangsa and Hang Tuah, with the Kelana Jaya Line at Jamek Mosque, and via a long barrier free corridor at Plaza Rakyat to the MRT (Merdaka Station). Here the line returns to grade on its way to Chan Sow Lin - a two island platform/three line station. Only the northern island is used (the Ampang line splits 100m further east) and services dovetail well for transfer between Sri Petaling and Ampang (and v.v.). The shared line between Sentul and Chan Sow Lin offers 5min headways with each branch being served by alternate trains (10min headway). East of Chan Sow Lin, the Ampang line heads north through densely populated areas to the busy terminus of Ampang with its substantial station, sheds and bustling community. The line to Sri Petaling makes use of a flying junction to turn southward, ....

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