Phase 2 of MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line was launched on 17 July 2017, 7 months after Phase 1 began operations. The launch marks the completion of the 51km SBK Line with a total of 31 stations. 7 of these stations are underground.
Phase 2 features 19 stations covering popular tourist destinations such as National Museum (Muzium Negara), Central Market (Pasar Seni) and Bukit Bintang as well as residential areas like Taman Midah, Taman Suntex and Bandar Tun Hussein Onn.
There is a 50% discount on the MRT, LRT, Monorail and BRT fares until 31 August 2017. Hence I took this opportunity to ride the MRT to Kajang to enjoy the popular Sate Kajang Hj. Samuri satay.
The journey began at Lembah Subang station on the LRT Kelana Jaya (KJ) Line to Pasar Seni station to change to MRT SBK Line. It was an easy and seamless switch as commuters need not exit the LRT station. The MRT Pasar Seni station is just a short walk away. This LRT-MRT connectivity test went by without a hitch although work at the Pasar Seni LRT station is yet to be fully completed.
The spanking new underground station is very impressive and reflects the high construction costs incurred. It’s spacious and well sign posted. Personnel are stationed at the station to assist commuters. The ticket vending machines are in operation but only accept cash.
It was a pleasant ride to Stadium Kajang station passing through one of the deepest tunnels, residential and commercial areas of Cheras and villages as the train approached Kajang. There were many senior citizens on board the train.
After a 35 minutes ride from Pasar Seni, I arrived at the Stadium Kajang station. The platform and station layout is similar to the other elevated stations. Feeder bus service is also available at this station with 4 routes covering Kajang town and surrounding residential areas.
Stadium Kajang is the second last station but a lot of the commuters got off here with the sole purpose of having Kajang satay for lunch :). The eatery was quite full and we had to wait a while for our satay. Apparently, business has increased significantly since the MRT became fully operational.
For the return journey, I wanted to check out the interchange to the LRT Kelana Jaya (KJ) Line at Muzium station. However, there is no seamless interchange at this station. Commuters have to exit the MRT station and proceed to proceed to KL Sentral station via a 240m link way to hop onto the other rail transits.
All in all, it was a great experience and pleasant ride. Best of all, it only cost RM5.90 for the return journey from Ara Damansara to Kajang due to the promo fare. The whole journey took approximately one hour and 30 minutes including transit and waiting time.