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KLIA Ekspres is a non-stop airport rail link service in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, linking Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KL Sentral) with Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2.[2] The service is one of the two services on the Express Rail Link (ERL), sharing the same tracks with KLIA Transit which stops at all stations along the line. The service is run by Express Rail Link Sdn. Bhd. which began its operations on 14 April 2002.

KLIA Ekspres
 6 
Express Rail Link
KLIAekspres SalakSelatan.jpg
Overview
TypeNon-stop direct airport rail link
SystemERL
LocaleKuala Lumpur - KLIA
Termini KE1  KL Sentral
 KE3  klia2
Stations3
Daily ridership6,015 (2018)[1]
Ridership2.2 million (2018)[1]
Line number 6  (Purple)
Operation
Opened14 April 2002; 17 years ago (2002-04-14)
OwnerExpress Rail Link
Operator(s)Express Rail Link
Conduction systemWith driver
CharacterFully subsurface
Rolling stockSiemens Desiro ET 425 M Articulated Electric Multiple Unit & CRRC Changchun Equator Articulated Electric Multiple Unit
Technical
Line length57 km
Track gauge1 435 mm Standard gauge
Route map
GKLKV Integrated Transit Map -KwongTN.svg
Location of KLIA Ekspres

The line is one of the components of the Klang Valley Integrated Transit System. It is numbered  6  and coloured Purple on official transit maps.

Line informationEdit

KLIA Ekspres serves three stations. KLIA Ekspres runs non-stop from KL Sentral to KLIA and klia2, skipping the three KLIA Transit stops in between.

Station Code Name Platform Type Notes
 KE1  KL Sentral Terminal (Side) Northern terminus.

Interchange station, without paid area integration, to:

Feeder bus T819 to  SBK13  Pusat Bandar Damansara for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line.

 KE2  KLIA Island Cross-platform interchange to  KT5  ERL KLIA Transit
 KE3  klia2 Terminus (Island) Southern terminus.

Cross-platform interchange to  KT6  ERL KLIA Transit

At KL Sentral, the two platforms of the ERL are accessed from different parts of the station. The KLIA Ekspres side platforms are accessed from the KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) while the KLIA Transit island platform is accessed from the main Transit Concourse at Level 1. At KLIA and klia2, both KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit use the same island platform, with each service serving only one side of the platform.

ExtensionEdit

A 2.14 km extension to the klia2 terminal was completed in 2013. Commercial service began on 1 May 2014, when klia2 opened. Inter-terminal travel time from KLIA Main Terminal to the new terminal is 3 minutes with a fare of RM2.[3]

 
KLIA Ekspres - KLIA 2

Rolling stockEdit

 
KLIA Ekspres carriage interior
 
 
Model Desiro ET 425 M Electric Multiple Unit
Manufacturer Siemens AG
No. of trains 8
No. of carriages 2 propulsion carriages
2 passenger carriages
Dimensions Length - 68,700 mm (2,700 in)
Width - 2,840 mm (112 in)
Height - 4,160 mm (164 in)
Weight 120 Metric Tonnes
Electrical System Voltage 25 kV 50 Hz AC
Acceleration 1.0 m/s2 (3.3 ft/s2)
Top Speed 200 km/h (120 mph)
Commercial Top Speed 160 km/h (99 mph)
No. of passengers 156 seated
Tracks Length - 57 km (35 mi)
Gauge - 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

HistoryEdit

AccidentsEdit

On 24 August 2010, Express Rail Link suffered their first reported accident, in which 3 passengers were injured. Two ERL trains collided at Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Of the trains involved one of them was about to depart at 9:45 pm for Kuala Lumpur International Airport while the other train, which was empty, rammed into its rear.[4][5]

Other informationEdit

TimetableEdit

The KLIA Ekspres service officially began operations on 14 April 2002 connecting Kuala Lumpur with the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The non-stop 57-kilometer journey takes around 28 minutes with trains departing at 15-minute intervals during peak hours and 20-minute intervals during off-peak hours.

  • First train: 05:00
  • Last train: 00:55
  • Peak Hours: 05:00 - 09:00 and 16:00 - 22:00
  • Off-Peak Hours: 09:00 - 16:00 and 22:00 - 00:55

TicketingEdit

Travellers from KL Sentral to KLIA and klia2 can purchase the tickets to board the KLIA Ekspres at the KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) which is an integral part of the KL Sentral transport hub while travellers from KLIA and klia2 to KL Sentral must purchase their tickets before boarding in order to pass through the automated barriers at KL Sentral.

Ticketing is done either by automated ticketing machines or by ticketing staff at the stations. A one-way trip costs RM55 (increased from RM35 on 1 January 2016) from KL Sentral to KLIA/klia2 and vice versa.

Validity of purchased tickets are as follows:

  • Standard One-Way Ticket: 3 months
  • Standard Two-Way Ticket:
    • First trip - 3 months
    • Second trip - 3 months after the first trip

Electronic Payment

Passengers holding a Visa payWave credit card are able to use their cards at special fare gates when entering or leaving the pay area at all stations applicable to KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit.

All fare gates accept Touch 'n Go cards if the card contains sufficient funds. The minimum balance of RM20 is required. The automated fare collection (AFC) systems including high speed fare gates (ACG), passenger service machine (PSM), MiFare smartcard tickets, Station Software and Central Management System (CMS) are provided by Longbow Technologies based in Malaysia.

Unfortunately Touch 'n Go card users can no longer access the airline check-in counters at KL Sentral using their Touch 'n Go card as of June 2015. The Touch 'n Go card can still be used to board the KLIA Ekspres itself, but you will need to check-in at KLIA instead.

Air travel facilitiesEdit

On 13 July 2007, Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd, the operator of KLIA Ekspres, announced that from 23 July 2007 onwards, all 43 airlines serving KL International Airport may use the check-in facilities at KL CAT. However, As of 2016, only Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways and Royal Brunei Airlines flights may check-in at KL CAT before boarding the train.[6]

Passenger service and amenitiesEdit

Passengers with laptops and smartphones have access to a high speed internet connection free of charge through WiFi on board all KLIA Ekspres trains as well as on the station platforms. The service is powered by Yes 4G of Yes Communications, a subsidiary of the YTL Corporation which holds a 50% sharehold over the train service.

A disabled friendly unisex lavatory is available on board all KLIA Ekspres trains. Restrooms are also located on the departure platform at KL Sentral. There are no restrooms on the KLIA boarding platform. Passengers waiting there are expected to use the restrooms on any of the upper floor levels of the main terminal.

RidershipEdit

KLIA Ekspres Ridership[1][7][8]
Year Ridership Remarks
2019 1,061,348 First half 2019
2018 2,195,353
2017 2,275,650
2016 2,419,883
2015 3,470,710
2014 2,928,302
2013 2,063,419
2012 1,649,410
2011 1,581,476
2010 1,508,734
2009 1,419,827
2008 1,578,706
2007 1,780,384
2006 1,838,723
2005 1,604,404
2004 1,912,340
2003 1,697,574
2002 1,048,201 Operations began on 14 April 2002

On 19 September 2005, the company celebrated its 10 millionth passenger on the KLIA express. The 10 millionth passenger was Emylia Rosnaida who won a business class return trip to New York City from Kuala Lumpur.[9]

The 20 millionth passenger milestone was achieved on 12 December 2007 by Mr Sockalingam, which won economy class ticket to Dubai.[10]

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Statistic for Rail Transport" (in Malay and English). Ministry of Transport, Malaysia. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Our Services". Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "2 ERLs crash at KL Sentral". Archived from the original on 26 September 2010.
  5. ^ "2 ERLs crash at KL Sentral, 3 hurt".
  6. ^ Intelligence Railway Gazette International August 2007
  7. ^ "Transport Statistics Malaysia 2017" (PDF) (in Malay and English). Ministry of Transport, Malaysia. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Transport Statistics Malaysia 2008" (PDF) (in Malay and English). Ministry of Transport, Malaysia. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  9. ^ Express Rail Link Celebrates 4th Anniversary Archived 1 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Express Rail Link Breaks 20 Million Passengers Mark Archived 30 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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