Prasarana buys RM1.6b rolling stock for two LRT lines

Prasarana buys RM1.6b rolling stock for two LRT lines :Prasarana Malaysia Bhd is procuring RM1.6bil worth of rolling stock to meet the demand of its two existing light rail transit (LRT) lines that are undergoing an extension programme.

About RM1bil is allocated to procure 50 six-car trains and the remaining RM600mil is for 14 four-car trains.

A strategic business unit established by Prasarana last January, Prasarana Integrated Management and Engineering Services Sdn Bhd (Prime) is working on bringing in new six- and four-car trains for the Kelana Jaya LRT line under the extension programme, which would further enhance Prasarana’s position as the country’s largest public transport operator.

“The 14 sets of new four-car train would be supplied by Canada-based Bombardier, and are scheduled for acceptance by the second quarter of 2016.

In addition to the 14 new trains for the Kelana Jaya line, Prasarana would be bringing in 50 sets of new six-car train for the Ampang Line.

Under the project, the first six-car train set for the Ampang LRT line is scheduled to be delivered from Zhuzhou, China by the end of November.

It would be introduced when the first phase of the extended Ampang LRT line commences operations in October 2015 with the opening of the first four stations – Awan Besar, Muhibbah, Alam Sutera and Kinrara BK5.

The RM7bil LRT line extension project is currently in full swing for both Ampang and Kelana Jaya lines.

“As you can see, we are in for a very busy period. There’s a hive of activity here as we continue with efforts and initiatives to transform the country’s public transport system and bring convenience and comfort closer to the people,” group director of infrastructure development division Amiruddin Ma’aris said in a statement yesterday.

Meanwhile, Prasarana has also refurbished some of its current two-car trains that have rolled out yesterday.

The “new” RapidKL trains will have brighter paints, striking decals and new features, including on-board infotainment screens.

“The refurbished two-car trains for the Kelana Jaya LRT line would project a vibrant and dynamic image, in line with the 10th anniversary of RapidKL this year. There’s plenty in store for our customers; beginning with the introduction of our first refurbished two-car LRT train and, of course, the new four-car monorail trains which is coming into service soon,” said Amiruddin.

Brightly lit with LED headlights and fitted with LED screens for on-board infotainment, the refurbished trains have newly-designed seats for added comfort and split windows that allow emergency ventilation.

The trains have been in service since the days of Putra-LRT in 1998, which was taken over by Prasarana in 2002 along with the trains and assets of Star-LRT, which is now known as RapidKL LRT Ampang Line. Putra-LRT, on the other hand, was rebranded as RapidKL LRT Kelana Jaya Line.

Amiruddin said the refurbished trains would be fitted with close circuit TV for passengers’ safety and LED dynamic route map in the near future. The dynamic route map would include the 12 new stations under the LRT line extension project.

“In total, we are looking at the refurbishment exercise of 12 sets of two-car train under the mid-life refurbishment (MLR) project. The rest of the train sets will be coming in stages with the second set tentatively to enter service in November,” added Amiruddin, who is also Prime chief executive officer.

Under the MLR project, Prasarana would also be working on the coupling of 22 sets of the existing two-car train into 11 sets of walk-through four-car train, which would also undergo identical refurbishment works including a new coat of paint, new decals, and new features with the bogies being overhauled.

All refurbishment works are being carried out at the RapidKL Kelana Jaya Line depot in Subang.

Prasarana buys RM1.6b rolling stock for two LRT lines

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