2017 | Quarter 3


The MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line

A study on the proposed construction was conducted by the Government and the Sungai Buloh-Kajang was the first line approved for the implementation of the project.

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-west of Kuala Lumpur) and runs through the Kuala Lumpur city centre before ending in Kajang, a fast developing town to the south-east of the city.

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-Kajang Line from Sungai Buloh to Semantan began its operations on 16 December 2016. The Phase Two, from Semantan Station to Kajang Station started its operations on 17 July 2017, allowing trains to run the entire alignment.

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.

Underground Stations

There are seven stations along the underground alignment of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line. They are Muzium Negara, Pasar Seni, Merdeka, Bukit Bintang, Tun Razak Exchange (TRX), Cochrane and Maluri.

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.

About MRT

Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a proposed three-line system in Klang Valley/ Kuala Lumpur aimed at alleviating traffic congestion by increasing the number of people using public transport in the city centre.

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-based public transport network that will complement the existing light rail transit (LRT), monorail, KTM Komuter, KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit systems, and eventually form the backbone of the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley region.

The first line of this project is the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line (SBK Line), which stretches 51km, with 31 stations.

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-car trains were purchased for the project, with each car carrying around 300 passengers. The trains run in two loops, giving a frequency of 5 minutes in the outer areas and of 3.5 minutes in the city centre. This allows a capacity of 25,000 passengers to be transported per hour per direction.

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-friendliness were met for the public’s use.

The concept of the interior design was made to be an open environment that is inviting, light and fresh, incorporating long-lasting and easy to maintain colours with seats in cool blue tones that alternates in a three tonality rhythm.

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

in Malaysia

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-Kajang Line. The assembly of the train was handled by SMH Rail.

The plant consists of two buildings - an administration building and the train assembly workshop, which were constructed on approximately 20 acres site. The plant was built in December 2012 and successfully completed in April 2014.

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.

This state-of-the-art assembly plant is a green building that uses natural lighting and open ventilation system to save energy.

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