Long-term Partial Road Closure – Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang

According to announcement by MMC GAMUDA KVMRT (T) SDN BHD’s Twitter (@mrtunderground), some parts of Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang will be closed from December 1st 2014 until May 30th 2015. Refer to the below image for information:

141130 Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang Closure
141130 Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang Closure

Image credit: Twitter – @mrtunderground

Power Outlets Onboard Kelana Jaya Line LRT Trains

Apparently, RapidKL’s Kelana Jaya LRT line also have power outlets along the train. Please note that this is a 4-coach train. We believe 2-coach trains should also have this one.

While we are not sure whether passengers can use them or not, we can assure you that it is working. One of the possible uses is to charge dead mobile phones, tablets and bring them back to life. This is definitely useful, especially if you are on your way from KLCC to Kelana Jaya, which takes really long time.

Other than RapidKL Kelana Jaya LRT, KTM Komuter’s Class 92 trains are also equipped with power outlet. For Class 92, it looks like it is more intended for passenger use due to high number of them.

We are not sure yet on availability of power outlets on the following trains:

  • RapidKL Kelana Jaya LRT 2-coach trains
  • RapidKL Monorail
  • RapidKL Ampang Line
  • KLIA Transit / Ekspres
  • KTM Class 81 (KTM Komuter)
  • KTM Class 82 (KTM Komuter)
  • KTM Class 83 (KTM Komuter)
  • KTM Class 92 (KTM Komuter)
Kelana Jaya Line LRT Power Outlet 2014-10-13 23.45.08
Kelana Jaya Line LRT Power Outlet 2014-10-13 23.45.08
Kelana Jaya Line LRT Power Outlet 2014-10-13 23.45.10
Kelana Jaya Line LRT Power Outlet 2014-10-13 23.45.10
Kelana Jaya Line LRT Power Outlet 2014-10-13 23.45.15
Kelana Jaya Line LRT Power Outlet 2014-10-13 23.45.15

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KTM Intercity Experience – September 30th 2014

On September 30th 2014, I took KTM Intercity from KL Sentral after more than two years. It looks like nothing much has been changed except for the new electrified double tracking (EDTP) project.

KTM Intercity ADNS Bed 2014-09-30 21.50.09
KTM Intercity ADNS Bed 2014-09-30 21.50.09
KTM Intercity ADNS Class 2014-09-30 21.49.26
KTM Intercity ADNS Class 2014-09-30 21.49.26
KTM Intercity 2014-09-30 21.41.36
KTM Intercity 2014-09-30 21.41.36
KTM Intercity 2014-09-30 21.40.33
KTM Intercity 2014-09-30 21.40.33
KTM Intercity Platform 2014-09-30 21.40.14
KTM Intercity Platform 2014-09-30 21.40.14

 

KTM YDM4 Locomotive – September 30th 2014

YDM4 is a type of locomotive leased to KTMB by Indian Railways. There is quite a number of them in KTMB’s rolling stock. According to the train operator, all locomotives in the rolling stock have their own set of problems, brushing off allegations that YDM4 is among the best locomotive KTMB has ever had.

For KTM Intercity Ekspres Senandung Langkawi service, KTMB uses two YDM4 locomotives because sole unit is does not have sufficient tractive force to pull all other railcars.

KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.43.58
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.43.58
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.46.56
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.46.56
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.46.51
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.46.51
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.46.32
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.46.32
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.42.39
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.42.39
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.42.26
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.42.26

 

 

 

KTM Class 92 – September 28th 2014

I took a ride onboard KTM Komuter on September 28th. The timetable can be quite unreliable as KTMB is still testing it.

The Class 92 trainset, manufactured by Zhuzhou from China is quite comfortable. There are lots of power outlets for those who are looking forward to charge their electronic gadgets too.

KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.34.43
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.34.43
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.34.51
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.34.51
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.35.01
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.35.01
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.35.14
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.35.14

Touch ‘N Go Hub, KL Sentral

Touch 'N Go Hub KL Sentral 2014-09-28 17.52.28
Touch ‘N Go Hub KL Sentral 2014-09-28 17.52.28

Touch ‘N Go has an outlet in KL Sentral for customer service matters. Other than the usual card purchase and reload there, customers can report lost/stolen card and retrieve their balance back.

 

Hours of Operation

Touch 'N Go Hub Hours of Operation 2014-09-28 17.52.14
Touch ‘N Go Hub Hours of Operation 2014-09-28 17.52.14

Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday: 8:30 AM to 1 PM

Sunday: CLOSED

Arau Railway Station – October 1st 2014

I was on Ekspres Senandung Langkawi on the night of September 2014. As my destination is Arau Railway Station, I managed to capture some photos of the station. Here they are:

Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.42.17
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.42.17
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.42.01
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.42.01
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.40.49
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.40.49
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.40.16
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.40.16
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.37.10
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.37.10
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.36.59
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.37.10
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.35.31
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.35.31
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.32.42
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.32.42
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.30.10
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.30.10
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.29.54
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.29.54
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.28.52
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.29.54
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.28.44
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.28.44
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.27.43
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.27.43
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.27.22
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.27.22
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.26.23
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.26.23
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.26.15
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.26.15
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.25.17
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.26.15
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.23.45
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.23.45
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.23.11
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.23.11
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.23.04
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.23.04
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.58
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.58
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.40
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.40
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.37
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.40
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.36
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.36
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.33
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.33
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.26
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.26

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Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.24
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.24
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.19
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.19
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.15
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.15
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.03
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.03
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.21.57
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.21.57
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.21.47
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.21.47
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.21.45
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.21.45

 

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Overnight at KL Sentral

So I missed my Skybus shuttle bus to KLIA2. The next bus departs at 3 AM and I am now stranded in KL Sentral for almost three hours.

KL Sentral used to be more interesting than before. Now, there is nothing much to do during midnight. 7-Eleven is the only convenience store that is opened.

CIMB Cheque Deposit Machine 2014-10-14 00.18.05
CIMB Cheque Deposit Machine 2014-10-14 00.18.05

#FAIL No. 1: Cheque Deposit Down for temporary? For temporary? For temporary?

Seriously CIMB, who did you hire to be your clerk? I hope they are not your banker.

 

McDonald's KL Sentral 2014-10-14 00.12.16
McDonald’s KL Sentral 2014-10-14 00.12.16

Apparently, McD is also closed from 12 midnight to 6 AM for “maintenance” purposes. I doubt that. There’s nothing going on in the restaurant (apparently), only loud music can be heard.

#FAIL No. 2: It will be closed until 14 MARCH 2014. Hmmm, are we watching Back to the Future?

 

KTM Komuter Ticket Vending Machine 2014-10-14 00.25.17
KTM Komuter Ticket Vending Machine 2014-10-14 00.25.17

#FAIL No. 3: CANNOT BE ACEPTED. Acepted. Acepted. What is acepted? It sounds like “Inception” for me.

 

Meals Station: Iced Honey Lemon 2014-10-14 00.37.22
Meals Station: Iced Honey Lemon 2014-10-14 00.37.22

#WIN: I have finally found a good place to sit and a table to do my reading and writing. #WIN #WIN #WIN.

Meals Station is a kopitiam-style restaurant in KL Sentral. There is no operating hours stated directly at the outlet. However, it looks like it opens for 24 hours. Cheap drinks mostly start at RM 3.50 so be prepared to pay extra.

Power outlets are also available for those who are seeking to charge their electronic gadgets.

Kelana Jaya Line LRT Power Outage: TNB-RapidKL Blame Game

Kelana Jaya Line Delays @ Wangsa Maju Station 2014-09-19 15.33.49
Kelana Jaya Line Delays @ Wangsa Maju Station 2014-09-19 15.33.49

September 19th 2014 – A brief power outage has occured on 1:50 PM in some stations along Kelana Jaya line, causing commuters to be stranded at the stations as the crowd begin to swell as peak travel time draws near. According to statements made by RapidKL, the route between Masjid Jamek and Gombak station was affected by the outage. Fortunately, on 4:01 PM, power has been restored, just in time before workers find their way back home.

Although Kelana Jaya Line now has been equipped with new four-coach trains, congestion during peak periods is still a norm. It is not as bad as KL Monorail though.

During power outage, shuttle buses are being provided by RapidKL. However, the signage is not clear enough, with most of the instructions only comes from twitter.

Inter-service communication was smooth as we can see some notice put up via electronic display at Imbi KL Monorail station. However, when the service backs to normal, the signage was not updated promptly. This may cause confusion to commuters.

Translation: Kelana Jaya LRT service is fully functioning again. Any inconvenience caused are deeply regretted.

 

The Blame Game – RapidKL says:

On 1:50 PM, RapidKL announced the delay of Kelana Jaya Line, without mentioning specific reason of service delay.

Translation: KJ Line Update: We are having technical problems. Delays in schedule are expected.

Six minutes later they announced it was due to power fault between Masjid Jamek and Gombak.

Translation: KJ Line Update: 1350 hrs We are having power supply problems. Restoration work is being carried out.

 

About an hour later, they said it is because of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB):

Translation: KJ Line Update: 1450hrs Kelana Jaya LRT service is still disrupted due to power supply interruption by TNB.

 

They even made a direct mention to TNB official twitter account, probably inducing commuters to address their complaints to TNB directly.

 

 

The Blame Game – TNB says:

Lets see what TNB has to say, via its corporate communications general manager, Omar Sidek:

“TNB would like to clarify that the stalled LRT services earlier Friday was due to switchgear fault at Rapid KL’s end.”

“We deny news reports that burnt TNB cables caused disruption to the LRT services”

 

Conclusion

While we cannot find conclusive evidence yet on the occurence, we believe some sort of miscommunication took place. We hope that emergency response team of both agencies will be more prepared for problems like this.

New KTM Intercity Timetable, Effective August 15th 2014

KTM Berhad Logo
KTM Berhad Logo

We have (finally!) updated the KTM Intercity schedule, effective August 15th 2014. We know we are slightly more than a month overdue but we feel the need to announce it to our visitors.

Some services were canceled due to SPAD’s directive on certain route along East Line.

For all other services, there is time change. Please refer to our updated schedule for up-to-date information.

Click here to visit the newly-updated schedule.

 

Additional Information

There is no fare increase yet at this moment.

Users who book online do not need to show their physical ticket while onboard for inspection. Instead, they just need to show it on their phone screen with their ID (Malaysians: MyKad) for verification.

KTM Intercity is an inter-city passenger train service by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB). It provides passenger rail service to various parts of Peninsular Malaysia. Other than KTMB, there is only one other passenger rail service company, which is Sabah State Railway, covering rail tracks from Beaufort, Sabah to Tenom, Sabah.