THE LRT Kelana Jaya extension line will see new-generation trains added to its current line-up to reduce waiting time and increase passenger capacity by 20%.
Scheduled to begin operations in June, the Kelana Jaya extension line will have in stages 14 four-car trains called Bombardier INNOVIA Metro 300.
The first of the 14 trains will join the existing lineup that will ply the entire Kelana Jaya line in May.
Prasarana group chief executive Datuk Azmi Abdul Aziz said the rest would roll out each month until June next year.
“We believe that with the inclusion of the new trains we can ferry more people and increase the frequency of the trains so we can encourage more people to use public transportation,” he said.
He said the waiting time would not be more than the present 2.8 minutes.
The trains which were designed, built and tested at Bombardier’s Centre of Competence for Mass Transit Systems in Kingston, Canada, can accommodate up to 220 passengers per car.
Azmi said this after viewing the first train that is currently undergoing interior work by a local team at Bombardier Hartasuma Consortium’s Westport facility, recently.
He said the trains would be sent to the LRT Kelana Jaya Depot in Subang at the end of this month to undergo the testing and certification process.
The entire project called the Kelana Jaya Additional Vehicle (KLAV) project costs RM577.6mil and the next train is scheduled to arrive next month.
Also present at the unveiling were Prasarana Group chairman Tan Sri Ismail Adam, Hartasuma managing director Datuk Abdul Rahman Abdul Halim, Bombardier Transportation Systems Division Asia and Australia president Pierre Attendu.
Attendu said the local assembly plant would provide job opportunities and improve skills development in Malaysia.
“The trains will take two months to get here with a four-month cycle time to complete each train.
“We are currently building train number five at our manufacturing site,” he added.
KLAV trains will feature a new design end cap and curved sidewall structure that will provide modern aesthetics and feature an interior design that will add an open ambieance within the vehicle.
The new trains will be fitted with four units of closed-circuit TV cameras in each car, providing a live view inside with 16 cameras for each train.
Each car will also have the Passenger Information System, which will provide entertainment and information to passengers.
“We will also have the Dynamic Route Map that will provide information on the route, the stations before and after, as well,” said Azmi.
Each carriage is also equipped with the passenger intercom for audio communication with the control centre as well as a special space for wheelchairs.
Environmentally friendly, the Bombardier INNOVIA Metro 300 is also equipped with Wheel Lubricating System, to reduce noise between the rail and wheel.
The Ampang LRT extension line will also see 20 new six-car trains purchased from CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Company, China.
Earlier 30 units of the same train were purchased to replace the existing trains plying the Ampang line.
The Kelana Jaya Extension Line, will be extended to Putra Heights. The additional routes will service Lembah Subang, Ara Damansara, Glenmarie Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and USJ.