KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 – Prasarana Malaysia Bhd will be replacing the current fleet of six-car trains serving the RapidKL Light Railway Transit (LRT) Ampang Line with new ones next year to enhance its services. The new 50 six-car trains or Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) costing RM990 million are being procured from China’s train manufacturer CSR Zuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Ltd (CSR ZELC).
They are scheduled to be delivered in stages from December and expected to operate in phases from October 2015. Prasarana Chairman Tan Sri Ismail Adam said the new trains would be equipped with enhanced safety features, including closed-circuit television, emergency breakable windows, emergency ventilation fans, fire and smoke detection devices and a supervised automatic train operation system.
He said this after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Prasarana Group Managing Director Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar and CSR ZELC Deputy General Manager Lou Chongfu for the supply and delivery of the LRVs for the Ampang Line here, today. The trains would provide better travelling experience for commuters with the installation of an interactive destination display inside the train, non-slipping seats, an LCD infotainment, and a more spacious wheelchair space for the disabled.
The average ridership has reached 180,000 passengers per day. Introduced into operations in 1996, the RapidKL LRT Ampang Line started operations as STAR-LRT services before it was taken over by Prasarana in 2002 along with PUTRA-LRT services which was rebranded as RapidKL LRT Kelana Jaya.