The Klang Valley Commute

20 October 2017

With the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line fully operational, Malaysians in the Klang Valley now have access to even more areas by train.   

Last July, Prime Minister Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak launched the 2nd phase of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line, which enabled many urban commuters between greater Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur city, Cheras and Kajang to cut down travelling time and rely less on traffic.

Integrated with the Kelana Jaya and Sri Petaling LRT lines, which were extended in mid-2016 to connect to key areas around Subang Jaya and Puchong respectively, the opening of the MRT line is a game changer in the Klang Valley’s rail transit system. It’s said to serve up to 1.2 million commuters along its route!

KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur’s main transit hub, connects to the MRT SBK line’s Muzium Negara station, making it easily accessible via most of the city’s rail lines, including the LRT Kelana Jaya line, KTM Komuter and KLIA Ekspres. Meanwhile, MRT stations such as Merdeka, Maluri and Pasar Seni serve as interchange stops for the Ampang/Sri Petaling and Kelana Jaya lines.

Every day, Klang Valley trains ferry thousands of passengers to their destinations. For most, the journey is a good opportunity to read emails, scroll through social media feeds, read a book or even take a power nap.

Travelling by train can involve a lot of walking, stair-climbing and other small “workouts” as people move between different train lines and exits, but it keeps commuters active right before a whole day spent sitting at a desk.

Malaysians may have gotten comfortable relying on their cars to get around, but the emergence of a more integrated public transportation system covering vast areas gives us a trusty alternative to driving, traffic jams and looking for parking.

With plans for a second MRT line – the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) line – by the second quarter of 2022, as well as the LRT3 project expected to connect more areas between Bandar Utama and Klang by 2020, the Klang Valley is on track to having a sophisticated urban rail transportation system that connects all areas. Soon, being stuck in traffic jams on our commute to work will be a thing of the past.

Plan your next MRT and LRT journey using Rapid KL’s journey planner.

Photos by Wong Yok Teng and Teoh Eng Hooi

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