KUALA LUMPUR, December 17th 2014: RapidKL will add some new four-coach trainset to its existing KL Monorail fleet later this month.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
#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.
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?
#FAIL No. 3: CANNOT BE ACEPTED. Acepted. Acepted. What is acepted? It sounds like “Inception” for me.
#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.