The much awaited extended Light Rail Transit (LRT) Kelana Jaya Line began its service on 30 June 2016. The LRT extension project was originally scheduled to be completed at the end of 2014 but was delayed due to various reasons including a few fatal accidents at the construction sites.
So on a hot Saturday afternoon, I decided to take the extended Kelana Jaya Line for lunch in Subang Jaya and went for a test ride all the way to the terminus station, Putra Heights.
13 new stations are added making it a total of 37 stations on the Kelana Jaya Line from Gombak to Putra Heights. Along the line, passengers can transfer to the LRT Ampang Line, LRT Sri Petaling Line, KL Monorail Line , KTM Intercity, KTM Komuter, KLIA Express and BRT Sunway Line at various interchange stations.
Though operational, there are still some teething problems as some of the barrier gate machines were unable to read the Touch ‘N’ Go card. No staff was able to assist on this matter. The ticket counter also couldn’t help as their machines are not programmed yet to resolve stored value card issues (rolling my eyes)! I had to pay for my ride in cash and the fare is higher! Some of the trains still do not have the in-train announcement. The fare isn’t cheap though as I paid RM2.30 for a ride covering only 5 stations.
On the positive side, the stations are well sign posted and the cash only ticket vending machines are working properly. The cash machines are only able to accept up to RM5 notes. The trains are also refurbished, the interior looked new and the air-conditioner kept the passengers cool from the summer heat outside. Park and ride facilities are available in 6 of the 13 new stations.
With the opening of the Kelana Jaya Line, the LRT extension project is finally completed with the Ampang Line operating since March 2016 offering better connectivity to commuters in Klang Valley. Hopefully this will encourage more people to use public transport and help to reduce the volume of cars on the roads.