2017 | Quarter 3
The MRT Sungai Buloh-
A study on the proposed construction was conducted by the Government and the Sungai Buloh-
The remaining two lines were implemented by the Government in conjunction with the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley Land Public Transport Masterplan drawn by the Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat.
The MRT project was also made an Entry Point Project of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) under the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley National Key Economic Area (NKEA). The ETP were implemented by The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) of the Prime Minister’s Department.
With the MRT, the target of having 50% of all journeys in the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley region to be on public transport are within reach.
400,000 Passengers Estimated Daily
The line begins from Sungai Buloh (located to the north-
The line runs underground for 9.5km beneath the centre of Kuala Lumpur while the rest of the alignment is elevated. The line has 31 stations of which seven stations are located underground.
Phase One of the MRT Sungai Buloh-
Each train set serving the line has four cars, allowing a total capacity of 1,200 passengers. The daily ridership is estimated at 400,000 passengers. The trains run at a frequency of 3.5 minutes.
There are seven stations along the underground alignment of the MRT Sungai Buloh-
Construction of underground stations was by way of excavating the station box from the surface to the desired depth of the station. Any existing building or structure on the surface had to be demolished before excavation begins.
Surface land was required to construct exits for underground stations to ground level. Connecting underground walkways was constructed to connect underground stations with the basements of adjacent buildings, allowing MRT users to access buildings directly without needing to walk at street level.
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a proposed three-
The project was announced in December 2010 by the Government of Malaysia and subsequently launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Seri Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak on 8 July 2011 to mark the beginning of the MRT construction.
The MRT project involved the construction of a rail-
The first line of this project is the Sungai Buloh-
The construction of MRT SBK line began in July 2011 and was completed on 17 July 2017, two weeks ahead of schedule.
58 sets of four-
The trains were designed by BMW Group’s subsidiary Designworks USA and engineered by renowned train manufacturer SIEMENS AG.
The “Guiding Light” of the MRT
TRAINS define the identity of a rail service. Therefore, for the MRT project, the theme “Guiding Light” was chosen as the external design of the train. The theme represents a solid character, as well as modernity and timelessness. It was inspired by various beautiful architectural features of Kuala Lumpur.
The design symbolises modern technology and gave a strong sense of identity while providing safety for the passengers. The stripes on the sides of the train are traditional yet applicable to today’s modern lifestyle.
As for the interior, a lot of attention had been given to the design, to ensure that besides aesthetic considerations, basic requirements such as comfort, practicality and user-
The concept of the interior design was made to be an open environment that is inviting, light and fresh, incorporating long-
The overall design of the train was a culmination of efforts by Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) and MMC Gamuda.
First Train Assembly Plant
The MRT project saw the first ever train assembly plant, built in Malaysia. The plant, which was built by SMH Rail Sdn Bhd is located in Rasa, Hulu Selangor.
SMH Rail together with train manufacturer Siemens AG, were the successful bidders for the rolling stock contract of the MRT Sungai Buloh-
The plant consists of two buildings -
During the completion period, technical tests were done for a period of three months, similarly held at the Siemens plant in Vienna. Over 200 employees were hired to work at the plant in Rasa.
Personnel from Siemens was stationed at the plant to ensure the quality of the trains assembled complies with Siemens standards.
We have all heard about the success of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) since the launch of the second phase Sungai Buloh-