No More Sardine-Packed Crowds As KL Monorail Rolls Out Four-Carriage Trains
Three four-coach KL Monorail trains began operating on Friday, 16 August after a two-year suspension
The Star reported that commuters in KL can look forward to better monorail service following the re-introduction of three newly refurbished train sets.
In 2017, the four-car trains were suspended after they identified several areas of risks that could jeopardise the safety of its users.
For two years, only two-car train sets were operating with a frequency of eight minutes.
The new four-car trains can accommodate up to 500 people and waiting time has also been reduced to six and a half minutes during peak hours.
This major upgrade is in conjunction with the 16th anniversary of RapidKL's Monorail service
A ceremony was held at the KL Sentral Monorail Station on Tuesday, 20 August to commemorate the occasion.
The Malay Mail reported that at the event, Transport Minister Anthony Loke expressed that he is aware of the struggles faced by daily public transport users.
"Public transport users have been voicing up, on many occasions via multiple channels including on the wall of my Facebook, how they suffer from the declining standards of KL Monorail services," he said.
"It was cramped, it was hot, it was really uncomfortable. Yes, we hear you. I have taken the monorail many times. I feel your pain and agony."
Another two sets of four-car trains are scheduled to be added by November
Loke added that two more refurbished trains sets will be operational by November this year with seven new train sets to be introduced over the next two years.
He said that Prasarana Malaysia Bhd will spend about RM120 million for the refurbishing of the five four-car train sets.