New names to integrate LRT network

KELANA Jaya, Ampang and Seri Petaling lines. These are the new names for the existing light rail transit network (LRT) after Rapid KL's takeover of the LRT systems and much of Klang Valley's bus routes in November last year. 

Kelana Jaya Line has replaced the Putraline which runs from Terminal Putra to Kelana Jaya. 

The Starline route between Ampang and Sentul Timur has been renamed Ampang Line while the one between Seri Petaling and Sentul Timur is called Seri Petaling Line. 

Rapid KL chief executive officer Rein Westra said the renaming exercise was part of the company's efforts to integrate Putraline and Starline into a single LRT network. 

Westra (third from left) with (from left) Rapid KL (buses) chief operating officerMohamad Ali Mohamad Nor, Rapid KL (rail-based services) chief operating officerRidza Abdoh Salleh and senior general manager for marketing Zoolina MohdNaim with a poster touting the new cards.

“This is an important step to communicate with our commuters and passengers that we are now one integrated LRT and bus system. Putraline and Starline (emblems) will be phasing out and more signages on Kelana Jaya, Ampang and Seri Petaling lines will be introduced,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday. 

Besides the change of names, Westra also announced the introduction of four integrated ticketing products with the aim to encourage cashless and convenient travelling on LRT trains and Rapid KL buses. 

The four integrated cards are: 

  • Monthly Rapid KL Integrated LRT & Bus Card which allows unlimited travel on all LRT and Rapid KL stage and feeder bus routes; spouses and four children below 15 years old will enjoy free travelling services on weekends and public holidays; RM125 

  • Monthly Rapid KL Bus Card which allows unlimited travel on all buses across all zones; RM80 

  • Monthly Rapid KL Integrated LRT Card which allows unlimited travel on all LRT lines; RM90 

  • Monthly Rapid KL Concession Bus Card which allows unlimited travel on all bus routes; applicable for school children and senior citizens aged above 60; RM40 

    All cardholders need to do is flash their cards to bus drivers and personnel at LRT stations when using the integrated card system to travel around the Klang Valley.  

    The present Putra, Star and Combi MTC (Monthly Travel Cards) used by commuters will be replaced by the new cards.  

    The cards will be available at Pasarama bus station, Jalan Sultan Muhammad bus counter, Jalan Silang bus stop and all LRT stations, from July 24 onwards. 

    Single and return tickets are still available for occasional commuters and passengers. A campaign will be held at LRT stations over the next few weeks to explain the benefits of the cards. 

    Currently, there are 12,000 Star MTC holders, 25,000 Putra MTC holders and 7,000 bus card users, all of which only make up about 7% of the total users of the Rapid KL system. 

    “We hope that the buyers of MTC will continue to buy the new cards and at the same time we aim to increase the number of new cardholders. 

    “We think this is the way to move forward. It is not so much about how many people we are going to capture but the value is the thought of moving around with an integrated card and public transport system,” said Westra. 

    He said commuters might be surprised with how much they could save if they use the monthly cards to travel to and fro downtown for appointments, meetings and lunch.  

    He said the company would look into the possibilities of working with other providers like Express Rail Link (ERL) to introduce daily or tour ticketing package for tourists for a more convenient travelling experience. 

    Westra also revealed that some 120 new buses would roll out to the road soon. 

    When asked about proposals to build new LRT stations in Puchong, Rapid KL (rail-based services) chief operating officer Ridza Abdoh Salleh said the company had also heard about such suggestions but everything was still in the proposal stage.

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