JOHOR BAHRU — Malaysia’s light rail transit (LRT) system resumed operations and was running smoothly on Monday, after a five-day outage involving 16 stations, acting transport minister Wee Ka Siong said.
He said he receives regular updates from Prasarana Malaysia Group CEO Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah on the status of the LRT line. Prasarana Malaysia, a government agency, operates the rapid rail network through a subsidiary RapidKL, the system serving Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding districts of Selangor.
“Early this morning I received a report from Azharuddin that the trains were moving smoothly during rush hour.
“Around 11am I received another update, also from Prasarana, that the trains and the system are still running well without any issues so far.
“I have told Prasarana including our technical team and Thales Group to be on standby and make sure the LRT line continues to work well,” Datuk Seri Wee said after attending an event. in Johor Bahru. The Thales group, based in Canada, is the signaling provider of the LRT line concerned.
Tens of thousands of LRT commuters in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor were left frustrated on Wednesday last week due to service disruptions caused by train signaling issues on the Kelana Jaya LRT line, one of the first mass transit systems fast in Malaysia.
The government closed 16 stations along the line from Wednesday and brought in foreign experts, announcing that these stations would be closed until November 15. In the Klang Valley – comprising the densely populated capital KL and the southern districts of Selangor – the LRT, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), KTM Komuter and monorail are intertwined in a network used daily by some 700,000 people.
The Kelana Jaya LRT line, centered on downtown Kuala Lumpur, serves some 300,000 commuters daily.
Transport Minister Wee said on Monday that the operation of the Kelana Jaya LRT line will be closely monitored in the coming days.
“The Kelana Jaya LRT line will continue to be observed so that we can act quickly if improvements are needed. I hope train services will continue to operate as usual,” he said.
Regular LRT commuters were relieved the line reopened a day earlier than planned. Most had to use buses provided by Prasarana, while others traveled to their destination using personal vehicles.
Twitter user @uaenalily wrote: “I don’t need to take the bus anymore because I can’t adapt to traffic jams. If I take the bus, it takes me 1h30 to get home compared to the train which only takes 40 minutes… It was too tiring and exhausting.
Another Twitter user, @mrsndira, wrote, “I no longer have to pay RM15 (S$4.45) daily parking for my car.” THE STAR/ASIA INFORMATION NETWORK