The Star: Gridlock at LRT stations

Commuters were forced to queue behind the ticket barrier to avoid overcrowding the underground KLCC station.
Commuters were forced to queue behind the ticket barrier to avoid overcrowding the underground KLCC station.

LRT commuters heading home from the city centre are experiencing overcrowded coaches, especially in high traffic areas such as the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) station.

Following the completion of the Kelana Jaya and Sri Petaling LRT line extension projects, StarMetro reported on Tuesday that things were running smoothly from Asia Jaya and Taman Jaya LRT stations to the city centre during the morning peak hours, but not when commuters were returning from the city centre.

At about 7pm on Wednesday, the KLCC station was packed with commuters and they were unable to board the train as the coaches were full, resulting in a wait that lasted a few hours before they could board the trains.

At one point, commuters were forced to line up behind the ticket barriers in the underground station to avoid overcrowding.

Some commuters were frustrated at the sight while some treated it as the normal peak hour rush.

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The Star: LRT service coping well with increase in number of passengers

Commuters travelling from Taman Jaya LRT station to Gombak LRT station without much congestion during peak hours.
Commuters travelling from Taman Jaya LRT station to Gombak LRT station without much congestion during peak hours.

Although some commuters complained of congestion during peak hours following the completion of the Kelana Jaya and Sri Petaling LRT line extension projects, a check showed that things were running smoothly.

StarMetro went to the Asia Jaya and Taman Jaya LRT stations yesterday during the morning rush hour after the long Hari Raya break to observe the situation.

Trains from Putra Heights heading to the city centre were packed with commuters but there were enough coaches to cope with demand.

College students Jocelyn Low Zi Yeng and Ong Wil Sern, who usually take the train from the Taman Bahagia and Kelana Jaya stations and get off at the Asia Jaya station, said they noticed a slight increase in the number of passengers during peak hours after the lines started operations on June 30.

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The Star: SSP MRT land acquisition in progress

Progress briefing: Mass Rapid Transit Corp strategic communications and stakeholder relations director Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah (right), Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming and Maslan (partly hidden) at the media briefing on SSP MRT line projecy progress for Serdang and Seri Kembangan area.
Progress briefing: Mass Rapid Transit Corp strategic communications and stakeholder relations director Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah (right), Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming and Maslan (partly hidden) at the media briefing on SSP MRT line projecy progress for Serdang and Seri Kembangan area.

SERI KEMBANGAN: Land acquisition for the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) mass rapid transit line is in progress, with about 15% of the process already completed.

The deputy project director of the MMC Corp Bhd and Gamuda Bhd joint venture, Maslan Othman, said court hearings were ongoing for about 45 “priority lots” of private land required for the project.

The hearings are done in stages and can take months to complete.

Of the total area for the project, 761 lots or 81% is government land, while the balance 471 lots or 19% is privately-owned land.

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The Star: Land public transport rolls out with more stops and perks

Hassle-free journeys: Commuters waiting for their ride at a station. The new LEP (above) is aimed at reducing congestion along the Federal Highway between Kuala Lumpur and Subang Jaya. — S.S.KANESAN /The Starrep:KATHLEEN/ MELIZARANI
Hassle-free journeys: Commuters waiting for their ride at a station. The new LEP (above) is aimed at reducing congestion along the Federal Highway between Kuala Lumpur and Subang Jaya. — S.S.KANESAN /The Starrep:KATHLEEN/ MELIZARANI

PETALING JAYA: Land public transport in the Klang Valley received a huge boost with the opening of 16 new light rail transit (LRT) stations to form a seamless loop between the Kelana Jaya and Sri Petaling lines.

The LRT line extension project , otherwise known as the LEP, which took more than five years to complete at a cost of about RM7bil, allows uninterrupted LRT travel between Gombak all the way to Sentul Timur as well as Ampang.

It started operating yesterday.

The entire network consisting of 72 stations now allows for 12 interchanges to KTM Intercity, KTM Komuter, Express Rail to KLIA (ERL), KL Monorail and BRT Sunway lines, bringing connectivity up several notches.

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BH: Laluan LRT baharu boleh digunakan hari ini

KUALA LUMPUR: Orang ramai boleh menggunakan laluan transit aliran ringan (LRT) baharu di Lembah Klang mulai jam 6 pagi hari ini, susulan pembukaan 15 stesen termasuk stesen integrasi Putra Heights.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd, Ahmad Nizam Mohamed Amin, berkata 10 daripada 15 stesen itu adalah laluan Kelana Jaya membabitkan Lembah Subang, Ara Damansara, Glenmarie, SS15, SS18, Taipan, Wawasan, USJ 21, Awan Megah dan Subang Alam.

“Untuk LEP Laluan Ampang dan Sri Petaling, lapan stesen baharu sudah beroperasi manakala stesen di Awan Besar, Muhibbah, Alam Sutera dan Kinrara BK5 dibuka sejak 31 Oktober tahun lalu, empat lagi stesen di IOI Puchong Jaya, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Taman Perindustrian Puchong dan Bandar Puteri memulakan operasi sejak 31 Mac lalu.

“Baki tiga stesen untuk laluan Ampang dibuka hari ini adalah stesen Puchong Prima, Puchong Perdana dan Putra Heights, yang berintegrasi dengan laluan Kelana Jaya. Waktu operasi adalah dari jam 6 pagi hingga jam 12 tengah malam,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan, hari ini.

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