Ampang LRT line saw fewer disruptions than KJ line as it is more updated- Prasarana

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of failures in the Ampang light rail transit (LRT) line is significantly less than the Kelana Jaya LRT line as the former has more updated facilities.

Prasarana Malaysia Bhd chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah said the Ampang Line has sets of newer fleets with spare parts which are easier to find.

The Kelana Jaya line experienced 49 failures in 2022, 36 failures in 2023 and is expected to decline to 28 failures this year.

Meanwhile, in contrast, the Ampang line saw 79 failures in 2022 followed by 19 failures last year and is targeted to only have this failures this year.

Prasarana defined one failure as a rail service disruption of more that five minutes.

Azharuddin said it would take about two to three years for the Kelana Jaya line to hit the standard of the Ampang line.

"The Ampang line has newer trains as compared to the Kelana Jaya line trains which are already in use for 15 years so it is more complex (to maintain).

"It will take some time, about two to three years for the Kelana Jaya line to be up to the standard of the Ampang line," he said to reporters at the Prasarana 2023 Performance and Future Plans report presentation.

Also in attendance was Transport Minister Anthony Loke who presented the report.

Loke said they are looking at adding 12 new trains this year to address congestion.

On the Kelana Jaya line, he said, the frequency has improved to 3.6 minutes compared to the previous five minutes.

"Even though it is still congested during peak hours, previously it was always overcapacity and took in more passengers than it can at 120 per cent capacity.

"But now, even though it is still congested, it is at 95 per cent," he said.

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