Roll-out of four-car monorail trains to solve overcrowding problem

Bigger and better: The new four-car Malaysian-made monorail trains began operations on Dec 20.

The first two four-car Malaysian-made monorail trains which started operations recently will boost the capacity of the Rapid KL rail service.

Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd Monorail chief operating officer Abdul Hadi Amran said they plan to have 12 units of the four-car monorail trains by October next year.

“The two-car sets will be phased out after 10 years’ use,” he said when met at the soft launch of the four-car monorail trains recently.

He said the two-car sets have reached their maximum capacity.

Abdul Hadi said the four-car trains which started operations on Dec 20, have new features such as windows which can be opened if the trains stop due to technical problems.

He added there were four closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in each car.

“There is also a Passenger Information System to make it easier for travellers to know the stops,” he said, adding that the four-car trains should help solve the overcrowding problem.

He said Malaysians should be proud that the trains were made locally according to international standards.

“The total cost of the project is RM494mil, including building the new depot.

“The trains cost about RM186mil each,” he said.

Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Prasarana Malaysia Bhd (Prasarana) and operator of Rapid KL Monorail Line, was given the green light to commence operations by Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

Scomi Group Bhd Asean president Suhaimi Yaacob said the trains could become an icon of the country.

“Kuala Lumpur is one of the few cities in the world that has a monorail system that runs into the city,” he said.

Yusani Yusoff, 40, who tried the four-car trains with her two children, said the ride was very comfortable.

“I usually like to go to Bukit Bintang and with the increased capacity I will probably take public transport instead of driving to the area,” she said.

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