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New underground rail network planned for KL


Published on Nov 29, 2010

Residents and visitors in Kuala Lumpur will soon have a new way exploring the city, after it was announced that an underground railway project will be developed in the Malaysian capital. In what is being billed as the country’s largest land transport infrastructure project, the mass rapid transit (MRT) system is expected to offer up to three main lines connecting key locations in the city, as well as suburban hubs.

The New Straits Times reported today that first line will run from the town of Sungai Buloh, through KL and on to Kajang. The second line will connect Sungai Buloh, with stops in KL and Serdang, while the third will loop around the capital’s central business district. This third urban line will feature stops approximately every 500 metres, in popular areas such as the Golden Triangle. It will also link with KL’s existing monorail and LRT services.

The MYR36 billion (US$11.4 billion) project is part of the Malaysian government’s plan to increase use of public transport in the city. It is targeting a significant increase, from 16% of total traffic today to 25% in two years time. Malaysian state-run company, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd, is expected to be named as the MRT’s operator. It also runs the KL Monorail system, bus operations in Penang, and cable car services in Langkawi.

Construction on the MRT project is expected to commence in July 2011.

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