SHAH ALAM – AUG 24, 2016: Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3), Klang Valley’s newest urban rail project in the Western Corridor of the capital city, was launched today by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak at Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam.
The 37 kilometre long rail alignment will provide accessibility to commuters in Klang, Shah Alam, and Petaling Jaya and will also integrate five of its stations to existing and new transportation networks.
The LRT3 will be able to transport more passengers compared to other modes of transportation available in Western Klang Valley at the rate of 36,720 passengers per direction per hour.
Construction work on the line is scheduled to begin in early 2017 and is expected to be completed by Aug 31, 2020 with a capped cost of RM9 billion.
The LRT3 project is owned by Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, which owns and manages the current LRT and monorail networks as well as bus services in the Klang Valley, Penang, and Kuantan.
Speaking at the launch, Tan Sri Ismail Adam, Chairman of Prasarana Malaysia Berhad said the project was expected to bring significant connectivity and mobility to the people between Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and Klang.
The LRT3 project received more than 90% support from close to 7,300 people who shared their feedback on the proposed alignment during the three-month long public display between May and August 2015.
The joint venture company, MRCB George Kent Sdn Bhd (MRCB GK) was appointed as the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) for the LRT3 alignment by Prasarana in September 2015.
The pre-qualification stage of competitive tendering was completed in May 2016, resulting in 96 of the 124 tenderers shortlisted.
Once completed, the LRT3 project will have 26 stations, spanning 37km, including one underground station. Five of the stations would be integrated with existing or new transit lines.
With the integration in place, LRT3 is expected to reduce traffic congestions, increase work mobility and create new employment opportunities within the Klang Valley upon its completion in the year 2020.
About Prasarana Malaysia Berhad
Established in 1998 and operational since 2002, Prasarana is the asset owner and operator of the country’s two LRT networks and the KL Monorail; in addition to the bus services of Rapid Penang, Rapid Kuantan, Rapid Kamunting and Rapid KL, which covers the operations of the environmental-friendly Bus Rapid Transit – Sunway Line. Beyond the efforts to transform the country’s public transport services via Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd and Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd, Prasarana has also established Prasarana Integrated Management & Engineering Services Sdn Bhd (PRIME) to provide management and engineering consultancy services, and Prasarana Integrated Development Sdn Bhd (PRIDE) to undertake commercial and transit-oriented development projects to further strengthen the performance of the company. Prasarana has also set up Prasarana Rail and Infrastructure Projects Sdn Bhd (PRAISE) to manage major infrastructure projects like LRT Extension Project and LRT3.
About MRCB George Kent (MRCB GK)
MRCB George Kent Joint Venture (MRCB GK) was appointed on 4th September 2015 as the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) of the Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3).
MRCB is currently the largest developer cum contractor of Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) in Malaysia, while George Kent is the largest home-grown railway system specialist in Malaysia.
MRCB GK brings to the LRT3 project a highly-skilled and professional staff pool experienced in transit projects, with tailored and cost-effective solutions specific to Prasarana’s needs in a collaborative and supportive manner.