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Old March 11th, 2006, 04:22 AM   #181
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Affordable shuttle from KL Sentral
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs.


A dedicated shuttle service boasting cheap fares will be launched soon to transfer AirAsia passengers from the city to Sepang’s Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

And passengers may heave a sigh of relief knowing that KL Sentral will be the designated pick-up and drop-off point.

Set to start operations on March 23, the LCCT is expected to handle an average of 11,000 passengers daily and the shuttle will complement the taxi service announced by Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development Minister Datuk Khaled Nordin yesterday.

Declining to identify the company awarded the shuttle concession, Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board chairman Baharom Mohamad confirmed that a new transport industry player had forwarded the proposal.

He said, however, that approval from the authorities was pending.
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New shuttle fare at RM6 to RM10
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat.


Between RM6 and RM10 — that’s how much airline passengers could end up paying for the bus trip from KL Sentral to KLIA’s Low Cost Carrier Terminal.

The company expected to operate the KL Sentral-LCCT dedicated shuttle service has offered bright red-white air-conditioned buses to run at 15-minute intervals to coincide with AirAsia departure and landing schedules, the main tenant of the country’s first dedicated facility for no-frills airlines.

The Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board is expected to announce which firm is going to operate the service next week.

Sources identified the new operator as Nareco (M) Sdn Bhd.

"A new transport industry player has submitted the proposal to operate the new route. In fact, theirs was the only proposal received," CVLB chairman Baharom Mohamad told the New Sunday Times.

With the inclusion of KL Sentral, this would bring to three the number of stations in the city offering transport services to KLIA.

The others are Hentian Duta and the Chan Sow Lin LRT station in Jalan Chan Sow Lin, both operated by Airport Coach Sdn Bhd.

The sources said the new operator had also offered to operate van services at RM50 per trip.

"Each van can carry eight passengers. But each trip will cost RM50 regardless of the number of passengers being ferried.
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Corporate: Work on LRT lines to start this year?

By Nadia S Hassan


Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB) will extend the Putra and Star LRT (light rail transits) lines as well as construct a new line.
SPNB chief executive officer Shaipudin Shah Harun says the Putra and Star lines will be extended by between 10 and 12 km each, whilst the new line may reach up to 30 km and dissect the centre of Kuala Lumpur.

SPNB is the ultimate holding company under Minister of Finance Incorporated (MOF Inc) and owns the rail lines in addition to the Cityliner and Intrakota buses. The assets are managed and maintained by SPNB's sister company, Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (Rapid KL), which is also under MOF Inc's umbrella.

Shaipudin says SPNB is hoping to start work on the expansion this year.
"SPNB is currently undertaking preliminary studies, which should take a few months. It is quite complex, involving not only passenger volume — both present and future — but also geological, that is soil conditions that will have an impact on the complexity or ease of construction, and hence, cost. Not to mention cost of land acquisition if we have to go through populated areas."
However, Shaipudin did not reveal the total cost of these new lines, saying only that they are "big ticket" items and could cost billions of ringgit.
"Unfortunately, we cannot give any indication right now until our studies are complete and the numbers are clearer," he says.
Apart from expanding its existing rail lines, SPNB is also investing in additional carriages. It was previously reported that SPNB was looking to invest RM2 billion in new carriages for the Putra LRT.

Shaipudin says SPNB is in the process of acquiring up to 140 additional train coaches for the Putra line, which is heavily congested. The company expects to receive the first batch of new trains in the next 18 to 20 months.
The Putra and Star lines carry a total of about 3.3 million customers per week, according to Rapid KL.

Shaipudin declined to comment on the route of the extended rail lines or the new line, saying it was too early to tell. It had been reported that SPNB was planning to extend the Putra line to Subang Jaya and the Star line to Old Klang Road.

However, industry sources say the extension to the LRT lines could take the form of four packages for four stretches ranging from 8 km to 15 km each. The sources say the tentative extensions are:

From Putra's Kerinchi station to Kota Damansara;
From Putra's Kelana Jaya station to Subang Jaya;
From Star's Bandar Tasek Selatan station to Taman Tun Hussein Onn in Cheras; and
From Star's Bukit Jalil station to Bandar Sunway.

However, the sources say the tentative routes could change as the project firms up.

SPNB has also enlisted the services of SNC Lavalin Sdn Bhd (SNCL) as its system and engineering consultant. Shaipudin says that SNCL is advising SPNB on its purchase of the new Putra train coaches.
When asked if the presence of SNCL would help to bring down the cost of construction, Shaipudin says, "Cost, although very important, should not be the overriding consideration. In an extreme example, the cost may be very cheap, but there may be sacrifices or trade-offs along the way, which may not acceptable.

"Our guiding principle would be the lowest acceptable proposal, with emphasis on the word 'acceptable', which denotes a comprehensive evaluation."
SPNB had assumed management of the Putra LRT in September 2002 from Renong Bhd as part of the government's restructuring of Kuala Lumpur's public transport system. The government had taken over all of Putra's assets and outstanding debts amounting to RM4.2 billion. The Putra LRT, which had originally cost RM5.2 billion, stretches 29 km from Taman Melawati to Kelana Jaya.

SPNB took over the Star line about two months later. The Star line runs from The Mall in Kuala Lumpur to Bukit Jalil.
SPNB is in the process of renaming the Putra line as the Kelana Jaya line, and the Star line as the Ampang and Sri Petaling line.

The company is also investing in new buses. It was reported that SPNB would spend up to RM280 million to add 600 new buses to its fleet of 1,237 vehicles. The present fleet services some 1.3 million customers per week.
SPNB hopes to get the new buses on the road by September.
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Old March 24th, 2006, 01:07 PM   #186
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RapidKL to integrate public transport system by July
By Gan Yen Kuan, 24 Mar 2006 4:19 PM




From left :- Pos Malaysia Bhd MD/CEO Datuk Ikmal Hijaz Hashim with
Rapid KL Sdn Bhd ED/CEO Rein Westra at the signing ceremony




Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (RapidKL) hopes to complete its task of integrating the public transport system in Klang Valley by July this year.

Its chief executive officer Rein Westra said RapidKL had put in 400 new bus stops and would continue to “slowly but surely” add another 10,000 locations with the assistance from local authorities.

“We have over 200 new buses, and we are expecting another 600 more to come support us with the launching of more areas in Klang Valley,” he said.

Westra said the integrated system would provide sufficient short-distance buses to the users at all residential areas in the suburbs, and link them to the rail stations or the hubs that head for the city.

“By July, the whole (public transport system in) Klang Valley will be restructured,” he said at the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between RapidKL and Pos Malaysia Bhd on March 24.

RapidKL, in search of additional sales channels, is teaming up with Pos Malaysia to sell its monthly travel card (MTC) via Pos Malaysia’s 98 selected post offices in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, with immediate effect.

“We hope to increase our ridership for both the rail and bus to double the current figure of 480,000 per day, within one to two years.

“With this in mind, the sales channels must be in place to provide broader sales support to the public,” said Westra.

Of the 98 post offices, 57 are located in Kuala Lumpur and 41 in Selangor.

With the Pos Malaysia partnership, RapidKL’s marketing division senior general manager Zoolina Mohd Naim said they hope to increase its current monthly MTC customer base of 40,000 by 10%.

“We have printed an additional 3,000 cards for Pos Malaysia's distribution.

The re-packaged MTC, which was launched in August last year, are sold at RM40 (for students and senior citizens), RM80 (bus services), RM90 (rail systems) and RM125 (all bus and rail systems).

She added that the monthly sales of MTC was recorded at RM3 million, of which RM2.25 million was attributed to the sale of about 25,000 pieces of the RM90 rail system cards.

Zoolina said they also plan to increase its sales channels in the future to include mini post offices, convenience stores like 7-Eleven, and various other kiosks.

Its other sales outlets are the 48 LRT stations and three bus terminals at Jalan Sultan Mohd, Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin (previously Jalan Silang) and Jalan Chow Kit.
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Master Plan - STAR & Putra LRT

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Do anyone know where to get the Master Plan for STAR & Putra LRT? Thanks.
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ERL plans link to low-cost carrier terminal
By Zaidi Isham Ismail
March 30 2006





EXPRESS Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL), which ferries air travellers between Kuala Lumpur Sentral and the KL International Airport (KLIA), plans to extend its railway tracks to the newly-built Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

ERL chief executive officer Dr Aminuddin Adnan said the train operator plans to lay 11km of additional railway tracks which will take between 12 and 18 months to complete. ERL is currently 57km long.

"ERL submitted its proposal to the Transport Ministry three weeks ago and the contractor will probably be local.

"We are keen to construct the link between the main terminal and the LCCT but we do not know yet when we can start," Aminuddin told Business Times in a phone interview yesterday.

He, however, declined to reveal the cost involved but sources said the project is expected to cost RM10 million and some of its technology such as light trains will be provided by German engineering giant Siemens AG.

Siemens chief executive officer Rainer Althoff told Bloomberg over the weekend that it was prepared to build the rail link to the RM108 million LCCT which was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi earlier this month.

Launched four years ago, ERL has a 30-year concession to operate. It carried its 10 millionth passenger in September last year and targets to ferry 6,000 passengers a day by the year-end.

ERL is 50 per cent owned by YTL Corp Bhd, with Tabung Haji Technologies Sdn Bhd holding 40 per cent and Nadicorp Holdings Sdn Bhd 10 per cent.
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Putting public transport system on the right track

By CHOW HOW BAN
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THE Ninth Malaysia Plan (2006-2010), unveiled yesterday, will emphasise on the development of an integrated and efficient public transport system in the Klang Valley.

The Government will spend on building two integrated transportation terminals in Gombak and Bandar Tasik Selatan in Kuala Lumpur. Apparently, the proposed terminals will be located near Terminal Putra LRT station in Taman Melati, Gombak, and the Bandar Tasik Selatan LRT and ERL stations.

The Gombak transportation hub will serve places east of Kuala Lumpur while the Bandar Tasik Selatan hub will cater for the south.


The Transport Management Centre in Bukit Jalil, the hub for the ITIS system, is equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

According to the KL Structure Plan 2020, other inter-regional hubs will be built in Jalan Ipoh (to serve the north) and the existing Jalan Duta bus terminal (to serve the west).

These terminals will be integrated with the rail systems via multi-modal interchanges to enable easy access to the city centre and other areas in the city.

Apart from such future plans, the Government has seen some positive returns from the RM365mil Integrated Transport Information System (ITIS) project it funded under the 8th Malaysia Plan.

ITIS is developed and operated by Kuala Lumpur City Hall to help the local authority detect, analyse and act on specific traffic conditions in the Klang Valley.

City Hall receives live images of the traffic situation from communication nodes placed in city roads and highways.

The nodes collect data from all roadside equipment like closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, automatic incident detection cameras and automatic vehicle location system 24 hours a day and relay it to the Transport Management Centre in Bukit Jalil.

The information is analysed before the processed information is disseminated and displayed on variable message system electronic boards. The centre has begun operations since middle of last year.

A total of 140 variable message system electronic boards, 255 closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) and 728 automatic incident detection cameras have been installed on major roads and highways in the city.


Zulhasnan speaking to an operator at the Transport Management Centre in Bukit Jalil Friday while (from left) Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop, FT Ministry parliamentary secretary Yew Teong Look, KL police chief Datuk Mustafa Abdullah and City Hall director-general Salleh Yusup look on.

Another 1,600 automatic vehicle location system, fitted with global positioning system tracking devices, had been placed in cars, taxis and public buses to help the centre create a real-time travel database for areas that were beyond the monitoring equipment's reach.

Besides warning displayed on electronic boards, motorists can find real-time (live information) traffic situations at www.itis.com.my or by calling the centre at 03-8947 4002 to plan their travelling journey better.

Last week, Federal Territory-Level National Safety Council chairman Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique, who is also Federal Territories Minister, proposed that ITIS be integrated with the police surveillance systems in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as part of the council’s effort to turn the two federal territories into safe cities.

He said the CCTVs operated by City Hall not only could be used to address traffic problems but also fight crime.

Speaking to reporters after his visit to the centre yesterday, Zulhasnan said ITIS is an advanced traffic management system comparable with similar systems in other developed cities.

“We have an advanced ITIS masterplan in which many other features have yet to implemented. We will study the masterplan again and provide more value-added services and applications.

“We have not made a decision on which agency should be responsible for traffic management if the integration is done. But to ensure the success of the safe city concept, we need to have an integration and include Putrajaya,” he said.

Other services and benefits of the ITIS will be 24-hour live traffic information transmitted via SMS, MMS and radio broadcast, crime prevention up to 50%, detection of traffic violations and vehicle tracking as well as advertising services.
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KL Infra's RM4.5b plan to get Klang Valley moving
By Dalila Abu Bakar
April 15 2006




KL INFRASTRUCTURE Group Bhd (KL Infra), together with its sister firm MTrans Technology Bhd, has submitted a RM4.5 billion plan to the Government to extend the current rail transit system in the Klang Valley.

KL Infra chairman Datuk Ahmad Sa'adi said the proposal involves four additional lines covering 71km and using 62 four-car monorail trains. The extension will be carried out over six years.

The current 65km system - incorporating the Ampang Line, Sri Petaling Line (both formerly known as STARline), Kelana Jaya Line (formerly PUTRAline) and KL Monorail - cost some RM9 billion to set up.

Ahmad said the additional transit lines will facilitate unhindered and congestion-free travelling in the Klang Valley.

It will complement the existing rail transit routes, ensure that growing travel needs are met and reduce the problems of mobility, congestion and parking.

"We believe these lines can be completed in six years. If the decision can be made soon, then the public can enjoy the benefits and this new mobility by 2012 once the four lines are completed," Ahmad said in an interview with the New Straits Times and Bernama on Thursday.

He said a conceptual proposal was submitted to the Government about two months ago.

"We have been transit system advisers in Korea and the Middle East. In line with the Government's desire for a more integrated and improved public transportation system for the Klang Valley, we would like to contribute our ideas and expertise," Ahmad said.

The Government had announced that the RM4.4 billion yearly savings on the petrol subsidy would be used to improve public transportation.

The company's KL Monorail system, which has been running on a 9km line for two-and-a-half years, has carried more than 33 million passengers.

KL Monorail's average daily ridership rose 42 per cent to 33,837 in 2004 from that in 2003. It increased 31 per cent to 44,442 last year, and 12.5 per cent to 50,000 as at last month.

"It is proven that people accept the monorail. We are happy it is a success. That's why we are contributing our expertise and ideas to help improve the transport system in the Klang Valley," Ahmad said.

The four additional lines are expected to ferry some 400,000 passengers per day and to complement the existing lines by increasing a projected 320,000 passengers per day through interfaces at respective stations.

Ahmad said a ridership of 720,000 passengers per day can be generated by implementing the four lines, bringing the total ridership for all transit systems to one million passengers per day.

This would help increase the share of public transport to 25 per cent from 16 per cent currently.

With the likely increase in feeder buses, the proposal is expected to realise the 30 per cent target outlined in the Ninth Malaysia Plan.
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This letter in the Saturday April 15 NST from Datuk Ahmad Sa’adi, Chairman KL Infrastructure Group Berhad, is quite interesting.

I am happy to see his statement that the KL Monorail system is capable of heavier operations. For example, the trains can in theory be extended to 6 cars capable of carrying 1,200 passengers per train or 18,000 passengers per hour. Similarly he says that the future system can start with 4 car operation and expand to 8 car operation.

However, before handing RM4.5 bn to the KLIG is it not right for the people of KL to ask for proof that the KL Monorail system is the most cost effective and flexible option. I would like to see rapidKL and KLIG competing to serve our needs. That is the way things should be.

KL Monorail system has disadvantages in 3 areas...meeting passenger needs, safety concerns, and proven track record of success. If KLIG can reduce these disadvantages, then by all means, they should try to compete to build the rail network of the future.

I personally think that the claim that BRT or Tram systems are not effective for KL is a serious misconception. Monorails cannot be run at ground level. They must be elevated. Trams can run at ground level, above ground, or underground, or in mixed traffic if need be.

A tram service can operate elevated in KL but at ground level in the suburban areas, either along roads or private right of way.

Much of the RM4.5 bn projected cost of this Monorail system will be going into the elevated construction and station construction. Trams and BRT have the lowest capital costs per kilometer because they require less infrastructure. A properly designed tram system can move 10,000-15,000 passengers easily.

Well, those are my thoughts. As I said above, I would be happy to see KLIG implementing their monorail system if they make it worthwhile.

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The following is the text of the letter referenced in the above post:

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/n...cle/index_html

Monorail a morecost-effective system
21 Apr 2006
DATUK AHMAD SA’ADI Chairman KL Infrastructure Group Berhad


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WITH reference to the remarks by Moaz Yusuf Ahmad ("Monorail plan has drawbacks" — NST, April 19) regarding our monorail extension plan, we would like to dispel some misconceptions about the monorail system and our proposed extension.

The writer implied that our proposed monorail system would not be cost-effective compared to the LRT system. (See chart for comparison).

Clearly, the total investment cost (inclusive of the construction of the stations and depot, electrification and the train vehicles) for an LRT system is much higher.

The reason the Monorail can be more cost-effective is that it is manufactured in our factory in Rawang, while the LRT system is imported.

The investment cost per km for the proposed new monorail lines is also noticeably lower (RM63 million versus RM100 million for the KL Monorail system).

This is because MTrans, the manufacturer of the monorail system in Malaysia, has managed to lower the cost curve for implementing transit systems, with further savings achieved through research and development.

A grave misconception is that the monorail system is limited in capacity.

The KL Monorail system is a two-car train with a capacity of 214 passengers per train. However, it is capable of being extended to a six-car train to ferry 1,200 passengers per train or 18,000 passengers per hour per direction.

We are planning to introduce a three-car train which will be adequate to meet the current peak-hour demand for the KL Monorail system.

As for the proposed new lines, we have suggested a four-car train to serve initial demand. This could eventually be extended to an eight-car train carrying 25,000 passengers per hour per direction.

Each monorail car measures 10 metres in length while each LRT (Putraline) car measures 15 metres.

Transport planners are realising that the monorail system is an effective system to solve their transport problems.

The advantages of a monorail system are:

• It has the smallest footprint among tracked systems. Occupying mainly the airspace and being elevated, it eliminates the cost of land acquisition.

• It has a lighter structure than other LRT systems and is easier and cheaper to construct.

• It runs quietly with rubber tyres on concrete beams, compared to LRT’s steel wheels on steel rails.

• During construction, it requires only partial road closure and allows uninterrupted traffic flow.

• It has a low radius of curvature capability, enabling the monorail to be flexible in alignment planning.

A street-level tram system or a bus-rapid transit system with dedicated lanes would not have the capacity to serve long-term needs.

The solution rests with a rail system which will never clog up the ground level reserved for roads.

In any case, our road system does not have the space for a tram or a bus-rapid transit system.
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RapidKL introduced the Area 2 network on March 16. This network covers the North and Northwest of KL, including Batu Caves, Selayang, Gombak, Sentul, and Kepong.

Here is information about the introduction of the new service, dated back to March 16.
Here is a [IMG]network map[/IMG] of the new service region.

Rapid KL has introduced the new restructured service into Area 3, since Sunday April 30.

This area covers Pandan, Hulu Kelang, Ampang, Wangsa Maju, Keramat and Setapak, basically the northeast of KL.

Not surprisingly, there is no news coverage and no announcement on rapidKL's website. If I can get the brochure I will scan it and see if I can post it on this page.

This article in the Malaysia Star describes a complaint by the MPAJ, asking rapidKL to delay the system to give them time to study it.

I wonder who is acting poorly here...rapidKL for giving no information, or the MPAJ for not getting the info.

Cheers, m

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Old May 3rd, 2006, 06:58 PM   #200
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Hope that KL Infrastructure Group Berhad woudl FIX the shock absorber issues on KL Monorail before undertaking ANY further expansions ... I still remeber that Bumpy ride of KL Monorail.

Fuurthermore, You have to settle down the dispute so yoiu can start the construction of the Interchange with KL Sentral .... without this interchange It woudl do NO GOOD for KL Monorail ....


I would have ANY impression at all unless the company has fied such the problems I stated here ... even your have installed the integrated smart card systems ...
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