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Old July 24th, 2003, 06:39 AM   #1
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KL MONORAIL

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story...571&sec=nation

PUTRAJAYA: After several postponements, the long-awaited monorail system in Kuala Lumpur will start its operations on Aug 31, which coincides with the National Day celebration.

He said that the system would start commercial operations on its entire line from that day.

However, he did not provide any further details including the quantum of the fare.

The monorail has 11 stations in the city and is expected to run at five-minute intervals during peak hours and 10- minute intervals during non-peak periods.

It will run along an elevated 8.6km track from Jalan Tun Razak, near the Tun Razak bus terminal, to Jalan Tun Sambanthan in Brickfields with its routes passing along Kuala Lumpur’s busiest roads such as Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Imbi.

Operations of the monorail were postponed several times after an incident where the safety wheel of a train that was on a trial run fell off, struck and seriously injured journalist David Chelliah on his head in August last year.

After the incident, the Transport Ministry and the Railways Department imposed more stringent safety measures on the system.

The monorail completes the city’s overall transport network because it is designed to interface with Star-LRT at Titiwangsa and Hang Tuah, and Putra-LRT at Bukit Nanas and KL Sentral.

Earlier, Chan witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between MTrans Middle East Sdn Bhd and Siemens Ag at his office yesterday.

MTrans Middle East and Siemens will jointly bid for a US$1.2bil (RM4.56bil) monorail project in Dubai.

On the bid, MTrans Middle East director Datuk Syed Hussein Al Habshee, who is also the former Malaysian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, said that the possibilityof the company securing the project was very bright because of the long-standing government-to-government relationship between the two countries.

MTrans Middle East is a 70% owned subsidiary of MTrans Holdings Sdn Bhd which has its main business in monorail and bus manufacturing, infrastructure construction, and project management.
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Old July 24th, 2003, 06:51 AM   #2
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arrgggghhhh!!! I was about to post this!!!



Anyway....great news!!!
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Old July 24th, 2003, 07:41 AM   #3
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I'm also want to post this but baqthier beat szhoong and me! Finally, the monorail will be start its operation soon.
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Old July 24th, 2003, 11:04 AM   #4
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haiyoo.. KL's already start open and Penang's not even built
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Old July 27th, 2003, 03:49 PM   #5
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Great news...must try it if come to KL
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Old August 22nd, 2003, 06:56 AM   #6
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RM10m to link LRT and monorail stations

RM10m to link LRT and monorail stations

KUALA LUMPUR: Infrastructure for pedestrians will be built to provide commuters easier access while they are on transit between light rail stations running on different lines.

nsport Minister Datuk Chan Kong Choy said RM10mil would be spent on covered walkways, zebra crossings and overhead bridges at three transit points – between the Star-LRT Hang Tuah station and the Hang Tuah Monorail station, Dang Wangi Putra-LRT station and Bukit Nenas Monorail Station and Star-LRT Titiwangsa station and the Titiwangsa Monorail station.

Commuters are often left stranded when it rains as these transit stations run on different systems and there are no pedestrian walkways that link them.

new infrastructures, said Chan, was part of the Government’s immediate step to integrate all three Star-Putra–KL Monorail lines in the Klang Valley as the ministry was carrying out a study on the viability of consolidating the services of the three light rail lines with regional rails, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad and KLIA Express and two bus companies Parkmay Bhd and Intrakota Consolidated.

The study, he said, would be completed either in October or November.

He said the combined Star-Putra lines serviced 270,000 passengers daily and the number was expected to increase when all the other transport services were integrated.

On another matter, Chan said officers from the Rail Department would conduct safety inspections on the KL Monorail on Aug 25 to ensure a smooth maiden service on National Day.

Monorail will also be offering free feeder bus services from the KL Sentral Monorail Station to the KL Sentral main terminal until extensions are built,” he said yesterday after a special city tour on the three light rail trains.

On the price war between MAS and AirAsia, Chan said the ministry would only interfere when there was unhealthy competition.

“Right now, it is a free for all,” he said.
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Old August 22nd, 2003, 04:18 PM   #7
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Hang Tuah, i still remember that was the station i went the last time
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Old August 23rd, 2003, 01:08 AM   #8
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Great news!!! It will be more convenient for the commuters….
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Oh... then I suppose in the next few years... whole KL will be covered with linkway... and bridges.... ahah
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Old August 23rd, 2003, 07:34 AM   #10
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Oh... then I suppose in the next few years... whole KL will be covered with linkway... and bridges.... ahah
Haha.....fat wish lar! I hope so too! Lets us all dream on................
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Old August 31st, 2003, 01:36 PM   #11
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Oh... then I suppose in the next few years... whole KL will be covered with linkway... and bridges.... ahah
that's cool!! that time the highways will be 10 storie high
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that's cool!! that time the highways will be 10 storie high
wah 10 stories high..bombastic i think 6 stories very tall liao
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Old September 2nd, 2003, 05:56 AM   #13
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KL Monorail gets thumbs-up

Monorail gets thumbs-up

BY CHOW HOW BAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Commuters gave KL Monorail the thumbs up after taking a ride on the train.

After the official launch by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday, the gates at all 11 monorail stations were opened to commuters.

Badrul Hisham Mustafa, 25, who is partially blind, was impressed by the service.

“It was very good,” he said.

He pointed out that KL Monorail staff were also helpful with the blind and disabled.


OVERWHELMING RESPONSE: The crowd waiting Moanday to get onto the monorail at the Bukit Bintang station.

Steven Khoo, who brought his family to the city, said theyenjoyed the monorail ride very much.

“It was smooth and good. It was just that they should have better crowd control, knowing that this was the first run,” said Khoo, who took the train from Bukit Nanas to KL Sentral.

“I think the monorail will help ease traffic in the city. There is no reason for us to drive to the city,” he said.

Sin Sew Lan hopped onto the train with her four-year-old son Tan Guan Xiong and her friend after shopping at Jalan Bukit Bintang.

She said the ride was fine although it was bumpy at times.

“Shoppers will find the monorail convenient to go to shopping complexes in the city centre,” she added.

The monorail system has 11 stations – Titiwangsa, Chow Kit, Medan Tuanku, Bukit Nanas, Raja Chulan, Bukit Bintang, Imbi, Hang Tuah, Maharajalela, Tun Sambanthan and Kl Sentral.

The areas covered are Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Pahang, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Hang Tuah, Jalan Maharajalela and Jalan Tun Sambathan.


At the Titiwangsa station, some early commuters were unable to get onto the trains, while at KL Sentral many were prevented from entering the station until the crowd at the counter area and platform was cleared.

The Bukit Bintang station seemed to be the busiest as it is located in the Golden Triangle.

A spokesman for MTrans Holdings Sdn Bhd, the operator of the RM1.18bil KL Monorail, said more commuters were expected to use the service.


“I think they (commuters) will find it useful and it is the only system that goes into the Golden Triangle,” he added.

For the whole of this month, commuters will only have to pay a flat rate of RM1 for a one-way ticket to any monorail station. The train service starts at 10am and ends at 3pm during the month.

By the end of the year, the system will operate from 6am to midnight.

The monorail can travel up to 90kph with up to 214 passengers. The travel time from the Titiwangsa station to KL Sentral is 19 minutes.
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Monorail proves progress in engineering

KUALA LUMPUR Aug 31 - The launch of the KL Monorail mass transit system, which was wholly developed by Malaysia, shows that the nation has made great progress in the field of engineering, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Sunday.

"After the national car, now we have the monorail, it can be said that the monorail is a national monorail because we built the whole thing with local expertise," the prime minister said.

He said Malaysia had no experience whatsoever in constructing such a mass transit system but what had been achieved showed that the nation had made tremendous progress in the field of engineering.

Malaysia could now export this engineering expertise and this was something Malaysians should be proud of, he said when launching the KL Monorail Transit System at the Bukit Bintang Monorail Station here.

Dr Mahathir said the ability to produce a monorail had enabled the country to join the elite few who could manufacture such a mass rapid transit system.


"But we should not stop here, maybe in the future we can build our own trains and in fact a high speed train but we will need a bit more time," he said.

The prime minister said Malaysia could achieve whatever it aimed for provided the people were willing to work hard and experiment with things and "then we will succeed."

Dr Mahathir said the monorail project, which cost RM1.18 billion, took seven years to become a reality but "we can be proud of it as it is our own,"

He said a few countries like China and Indonesia have shown interest in having similar projects in their respective country by signing memorandums of understanding with KL Monorail System.

He said the monorail mass transit system was much cheaper compared with the underground system which cost five times more and the monorail caused less environmental impact than any other mass transit systems.
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launches KL Monorail service



NORAIL', the city's latest public transportation has been launched by Dr. Mahathir at Bukit Bintang station in Kuala Lumpur, Aug 31. - Utusanpix.
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KUALA LUMPUR Aug 31 - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad Sunday officially launched the latest public mode of transport in the city, the KL Monorail Transit system.

The launch at the KL Monorail's Bukit Bintang station was also attended by his wife, Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali, Transport Minister Datuk Chan Kong Choy and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

The RM1.8 billion KL Monorail system was supposed to have been launched last September but was postponed after a 13.4kg safety wheel came off and fell on a Bernama reporter, David Chelliah, who was walking under the overhead tracks of the system in the city, during a trial run on Aug 16 last year.

However, Patrick Wong, executive director of MTrans Holdings, the parent company of KL Monorail System, has assured the Transport Ministry that all safety mechanisms for the service had been put in place.

Speaking to reporters Saturday, he said: "Security is not an issue anymore because all precautionary measures, including redesigning of certain parts of the system, have been done to minimise all technical risks."

nwhile, Malaysians celebrating the National Day Sunday can try out the monorail from 4 pm onwards, at RM1 per trip, which is a special promotional rate for September.

Half of all the fares collected during this period will be donated to charitable organisations.

After September, tickets for a ride on the monorail, which stretches 8.6km from Titiwangsa to KL Sentral, will be priced at RM1.20 to RM2.50. There are 11 stations in the monorail link.

The monorail train can travel up to 90kph with up to 214 passengers. It is expected to reduce the inner-city road traffic by some 15 percent.
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It lopk good from the news. Very fast!!!!
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Old September 3rd, 2003, 07:13 AM   #17
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Yep, very fast. We got the chance to ride on a Intel Pentium 4 powered Acer monorail.
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Old September 3rd, 2003, 11:58 AM   #18
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Yep, very fast. We got the chance to ride on a Intel Pentium 4 powered Acer monorail.
Sometimes I think it is too fast.......scary actually if you're leaning against the door.....hehe
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Sometimes I think it is too fast.......scary actually if you're leaning against the door.....hehe
too fast...too fast for me to take pics
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Sometimes I think it is too fast.......scary actually if you're leaning against the door.....hehe
too fast...too hard for me to take pics
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