THE Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project involves the construction of a rail-based public transport network which, together with the existing light rail transit (LRT), monorail, KTM Komuter, KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit systems, form the backbone of the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley region.
The project was approved by the Government in December 2010. The first MRT line to be implemented was the 51km Sungai Buloh-Kajang line. Construction of the line was officially launched on 8 July 2011 by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak.
The MRT project was initially proposed to the Government by a private-sector consortium in early 2010. The proposal was for the construction of three MRT lines.
The Government conducted a study on the proposal and approved the implementation of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line first. The Government decided to implement the other two lines after further studies are done on the proposed alignment in conjunction with the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley Land Public Transport Masterplan being drawn up by the Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat.
The Klang Valley MRT project was also made an Entry Point Project of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) under the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley National Key Economic Area (NKEA). The ETP is being implemented by the The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) of the Prime Minister’s Department.
With the Klang Valley MRT, the target having 50% of all journeys in the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley region to be on public transport can be achieved.
THE first Klang Valley MRT line to be approved for implementation is the 51km MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line.
The line starts from Sungai Buloh which is located to the north-west of Kuala Lumpur, runs through the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, and ends in Kajang, a fast developing town located to the south-east of Kuala Lumpur. The line serves a corridor with an estimated population of 1.2 million people.
The line will be underground for a distance of 9.5km. The line will have 31 stations of which seven will be underground.
Phase One of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line from Sungai Buloh to Semantan will become operational by the end of 2016 while Phase Two from Semantan to Kajang will become operational by July 2017, allowing trains to serve the entire line.
Each train serving the line will have four coaches having a total capacity of 1,200 passengers. The daily expected ridership is about 400,000 passengers. The trains are expected to run at an interval of 3.5 minutes.