Prasarana Malaysia Berhad today revealed that its first eight Light-Rail Vehicles (LRV) are on track, ready to begin service on the first phase of the extended LRT Ampang Line on October 31.
The first phase comprises Awan Besar, Mubibbah, Alam Sutera and Kinrara BK5 stations.
Prasarana Group managing director Datuk Azmi Abdul Aziz said there would be 50 new LRV trains that would be in operation next year.
“The cost for the 50 new trains is RM960 million. Eight will be in operation on October 31 this year, 12 more by March next year and the remaining 30 will replace the older trains on the Ampang line later next year,” he said at a press conference at the new Awan Besar station.
Azmi said the new trains were able to run automatically or manually, with a transit officer.
“When the first phase is operational on October 31, the eight trains will run from Sri Petaling to the four new stations. Only after the upgrade to the older tracks in phase two in March is complete will they operate along the entire line.
“Seven of the first eight trains are already here at our Ampang depot, including three that are in the final stages of completing their testing and commissioning programme,” he said.
Azmi also said that the eighth train was scheduled to arrive before the end of this month.
“We are on schedule for phase one of the Ampang line extension to begin on October 31, being 92.2% complete,” he said.
Today, reporters were brought in one of the new LRV trains, named “Amy”, which rolled through the four new phase one stations.
The new trains are manufactured by CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Ltd. (CSR ZELC), feature LCD infotainment display screens, dynamic route map and side destination display.
The trains also have improved safety features like double glazed windows, hopper windows and CCTV.
When completed the 17.7km Ampang line extension will comprise 13 stations from Sri Petaling to Putra Heights, with seven Park ‘n’ Ride facilities.
The Malaysian Insider – July 23, 2015