The Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Project involves the construction of a railway network which will form the backbone of the Klang Valley’s public transport system. The project is a crucial component of the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley National Key Economic Area (Greater KL/KV NKEA) and is the largest infrastructure project in the country. It will significantly improve the coverage of rail-based public transport in the Klang Valley and enable 50% of all trips in the Klang Valley to be done on public transport by 2020, up from the current 17%. The Government approved the Klang Valley MRT Project on 17 December 2010, followed by the approval of the Final Railway Scheme of Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line on 29 June 2011.
The first line of the network will run from Sungai Buloh in the northwest of Kuala Lumpur, to Kajang in the southeast of the Federal capital. The Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line will cover a distance of 51 kilometers, of which 9.5km is underground. There will be 31 stations along the route and three provisional stations to be built for future development.
The line will serve a population of 1.2 million people living in areas such as Sungai Buloh, Kota Damansara , Dataran Sunway, Bandar Utama , TTDI, Section 16, Pusat Bandar Damansara, KL Sentral, Warisan Merdeka, Bukit Bintang , Pasar Rakyat ,Cochrane , Maluri , Cheras and Kajang.
Based on the ridership forecast from 2017 up to 2026, a total 58 trains will be provided upon completion of the Sungai Buloh – Kajang line and a single train can have maximum capacity of 1200 passengers’ equivalent of 12 buses or approximately 700 cars. The expected ridership of the line is 442,000 passengers per day with the frequency of the train will be approximately one train every 3.5minutes at peak hours.
Other MRT lines of the Klang Valley MRT Project are currently being identified as part of the Klang Valley Urban Rail Development Plan. The Plan is a component of the Klang Valley Land Public Transport Masterplan being commissioned by the Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (S.P.A.D.). The Klang Valley MRT Project is fully funded by the Malaysia Government. S.P.A.D.’s role is to ensure the planning, construction and operation of the line will follow all the necessary regulations and fulfill its ultimate objective of providing Klang Valley residents with comfortable & efficient public transport system.
The MRT project was officially launched on 8th July 2011 with the advanced works at the Sg Buloh depot, Semantan underground portal and Cochrane underground launch shaft. These will then be followed by utility relocations along various parts of the alignment. Majority of the main work packages are expected to be tendered out by mid of 2012. The physical works will require traffic diversion which on one way or another affect motorist and pedestrian along the alignment. The project owner is required to implement effective Traffic Management Plan to minimize the impact.
It is expected that the completion of the project will be in 2017.