Prime Minister Najib Razak officially opened the new Light Rail Transit (LRT) Kelana Jaya Line extension project (LEP), on 30 June 2016, bringing the LRT into the suburbs of Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya and Puchong and offering convenient access from these towns to Kuala Lumpur. This extension adds 17 km and 12 stations, all elevated, to the existing line.
RapidKL, a subsidiary of Prasarana, is the Operator of the extension being undertaken under the ‘Prasarana campaign of Bringing Transport Convenience Closer to the People’ programme.
With this extension, Kelana Jaya Line is already 46 km long.
A total of 14 driverless four-car Innovia Metro 300 sets have begun its run with the extension. According to Rapid Rail CEO, Ahmad Nizam Mohamed Amin, the trains which were imported from Canada, have better air-conditioning, bigger windows and an electronic passenger management chart. Another eight trains will be brought in at a later time.
The new train is able to accommodate 220 passengers per car (20 more than before) and is equipped with 16 closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV), a ‘Dynamic Route Map’ catered for passengers’ to track their intended destinations and a ‘Wheel Lubricating System’ for a quieter ride. Additionally, the Innovia trains are said to have “plugged-in doors” that provide better noise levels and a cooler environment. Furthermore, its specs sheet also claims that the new trains are easily maintainable and are energy efficient as well. “The new train provides better frequency and less waiting time in stations, thus reducing headway no longer than 2.8 minutes,” said Prasarana president and group CEO, Datuk Azmi Abdul Aziz, earlier this year.
The Kelana Jaya Extension has added 12 elevated stations from Kelana Jaya up to Putra Heights.
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