Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Four-Car LRT Train For New Routes

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) will be using its new four-car train for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system on its Subang and Puchong extension route.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said this during the RapidKL's LRT inspection ceremony of the new trains for the Kelana Jaya line this morning.

Asked if there is a possibility of Prasarana extending its line to Shah Alam, the minister said the focus for now is on its Subang, Puchong and Ampang lines.

Currently, only four of the 35 four-car train coaches are running while the rest are expected to be utilised by 2011. The new sets of train and the upgrading cost stand at RM1.5 billion.

It can carry 800 passengers, twice the number of the existing two-car trains, and will be used during the morning and evening peak periods while the two-car trains will be employed during off-peak periods.

The new trains also have wheelchair-friendly features and door alarm lights to help the hearing-impaired.

Prasarana is the operator of the public transport network that includes the Ampang and Kelana Jaya LRT lines, KL monorail and bus service in the Klang Valley.

The four-car train sets are the latest version of the Bombardier advanced rapid transit driverless train designed in Canada, 65 per cent of which is assembled in Mexico and 35 per cent in Malaysia. With the additional train, Prasarana will have a total of 70 sets, including 35 sets of the current two-set trains.

Source: The Malay Mail

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