New KL Monorail Trainset by end of December 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, December 17th 2014: RapidKL will add some new four-coach trainset to its existing KL Monorail fleet later this month.

New four-coach RapidKL Monorail Test Train - Picture credit: nst.com.my
New four-coach RapidKL Monorail Test Train – Picture credit: nst.com.my

The new four-coach trainsets have already undergone final testing rounds at the existing KL Monorail line, stopping at every stations. It is expected to reduce congestion commonly seen during peak hours, especially at stations such as Bukit Bintang and Imbi. The current ridership of KL Monorail stands at 72,000 and is expected to double after the new trainsets begin service (source).

Notable features of the new monorail include intercom for communications between passengers and train driver, CCTV on each coach, smoke detectors, top side windows that can be opened during emergency situations and LED station displays.

Near Medan Tuanku station, a new shopping mall has just been opened, which can increase the ridership of KL Monorail even further, considering its proximity with the station.

KTMB e-Ticket Payment via Maybank2u

KTM Berhad (KTMB) has recently enabled passengers to pay for their e-Ticket booking via online banking portal, Maybank2u.

The addition of Maybank2u as the alternative payment method (the other only available payment method is by VISA/Mastercard credit/debit card) is seen to be more secure because users will need to log on to their online banking account and providing Transaction Authorization Code (TAC) for the transaction, on top of the usual username and password combination.

There is no booking fee charged for KTMB e-Ticket booking via this payment method. I have personally tried to use the Maybank2u payment method for my KTM Intercity ticket purchase and it worked perfectly.

For those who are booking their tickets, I would recommend to use Internet Explorer as your browser to ensure maximum compatibility.

Of note, after booking, there is no need to print the KTM Intercity e-Ticket. You can simply show your e-Ticket on your phone/tablet screen to the ticket inspector.

Other than KTM Intercity, e-Ticket is also available for ETS trains.

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.