The MRT Putrajaya Line, is the second Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line in Klang Valley, Malaysia, and the third fully automated and driverless rail system in the country. It was previously known as the MRT Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line. The line stretches from Kwasa Damansara to Putrajaya and runs through densely populated areas such as Sri Damansara, Kepong, Batu, Jalan Ipoh, Sentul, Kampung Baru, Jalan Tun Razak, KLCC, Tun Razak Exchange, Kuchai Lama, Seri Kembangan and Cyberjaya.

Putrajaya Line
Hyundai Rotem EMU rolling stock entering Kampung Batu station.
Other name(s)MRT 2, MRT Line 2, PY Line, PYL
Native nameMRT Laluan Putrajaya
OwnerMRT Corp
Line number12 (yellow)
LocaleKlang Valley
Stations36 and 5 reserved[1][Note 1]
TypeRapid transit
SystemRapid KL (brand) Rapid KL
ServicesKwasa DamansaraPutrajaya Sentral
Operator(s)Rapid Rail
Depot(s)Sungai Buloh Depot
Serdang Depot
Rolling stock49 Hyundai Rotem four-car trainsets (wide profile)
OpenedPhase 1:
16 June 2022; 21 months ago (2022-06-16)
Kwasa Damansara  PY01 Kampung Batu  PY13 
Phase 2:
16 March 2023; 12 months ago (2023-03-16)
Kentonmen  PY14 Putrajaya Sentral  PY41 
Line length57.7 km (35.9 mi)[2]
Elevated: 44.2 km (27.5 mi)
Underground: 13.5 km (8.4 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC third rail
Conduction systemAutomated and driverless
Operating speed100 km/h (62 mph)
Route map

Kwasa Damansara Parking
Integrated Transport Terminal Sungai Buloh
Kampung Selamat
Sungai Buloh Parking
Damansara Damai
Sri Damansara Barat
Sri Damansara Sentral
Kepong Sentral
Sri Damansara Timur Parking
Metro Prima
Kepong Baru
Sri Delima
Kampung Batu Parking
Jalan Ipoh
Sentul Barat
Hospital Kuala Lumpur
Raja Uda–UTM
Ampang Park
Persiaran KLCC
Conlay-Kompleks Kraf
Tun Razak Exchange-Samsung Galaxy
Chan Sow Lin
Bandar Malaysia Utara
Bandar Malaysia Selatan
Kuchai Parking
Taman Naga Emas Parking
Sungai Besi Parking
Technology Park Parking
(future) Multiple fare trips1
Serdang Raya Utara Parking
Serdang Raya Selatan Parking
Serdang Jaya
UPM Parking
Taman Universiti
Taman Equine Parking
Putra Permai
16 Sierra
Cyberjaya Utara-Finexus Parking
Cyberjaya City Centre-
Putrajaya Sentral Parking

Interchange stations

integrated paid area
single fare trip
non-integrated paid area
multiple fare trips
interchange within same building
or cross-platform interchange
Route of Putrajaya line

Phase 1 operations of the line between Kwasa Damansara and Kampung Batu commenced on 16 June 2022.[3] While the Phase 2 which covers the remaining of the line including the underground stretch was opened on 16 March 2023.[4]

The line is numbered 12 and coloured yellow on official transit maps.

The line was developed and is owned by MRT Corp but operated as part of the Rapid KL network by Rapid Rail. It also forms part of the Klang Valley Integrated Transit System.

The line, totalling 57.7 km (35 miles 68 chains) in length, includes 5.5 km (3.4 mi) annexed from the MRT Kajang Line, making it the longest metro line in Malaysia. The line includes a 13.5 km (8.4 mi) underground section. A total of 37 stations, 11 of them underground, were built.

Route edit

The MRT starts in Kwasa Damansara where it annexed the section from here to Sungai Buloh from the MRT Kajang Line. From Sungai Buloh, the line runs parallel with the KTM Komuter line to Kepong Sentral/Sri Damansara Timur. However, there are a few stations the MRT line between the two which is not served by the KTM.

The MRT then continues towards the towns of Kepong and Jinjang. As of the first phase, the Putrajaya line ends at Kampung Batu. At Jalan Ipoh, the line starts going underground while Jalan Ipoh itself being the only station on the network to be half-sunken/sub-surface. The line carries under the Ipoh Road to Titiwangsa which will interchange with the LRT Ampang/Sri Petaling, KL Monorail and future MRT Circle lines. The line then runs under the Hospital Kuala Lumpur and meets the connecting station to LRT Kelana Jaya line (also underground) at Ampang Park. Persiaran KLCC serves as a second station in the KLCC subdistrict, itself also served by the LRT Kelana Jaya Line. The line continues to Tun Razak Exchange, interchanging with the Kajang line. The Putrajaya Line reunites with the Ampang/Sri Petaling line at Chan Sow Lin.

After thru provisional Bandar Malaysia North and South stations, the MRT Putrajaya line resurfaces at Taman Desa portal, just before Kuchai station. Once again, the line meets with the LRT Sri Petaling line at Sungai Besi,[5] then continuing to serve Serdang. Following this, the line briefly parallels KTM and KLIA Transit (airport express) until Serdang Raya Selatan, and veers off to Universiti Putra Malaysia and the Seri Kembangan subdistrict. The MRT line then enters Sepang constituency, having 3 stops including two in Cyberjaya, before ending at Putrajaya Sentral, where it interchanges with the KLIA Transit. The station may be integrated with the proposed Putrajaya Monorail in the future. Putrajaya Sentral will also be the southernmost station under the Rapid KL rail network.[6]

History edit

 KG04  PY01  Kwasa Damansara cross-platform interchange station between Kajang Line and the Putrajaya Line
 KG04  PY01  Kwasa Damansara station Level 2 island platform
 KG04  PY01  Kwasa Damansara level 1 and platform signage, showing platform 3 towards the Putrajaya Line
Banner of Launch of the "Keluarga Malaysia" MRT Putrajaya Line Phase 1 operations, along with 1 month of free rides for all public transportation services in Klang Valley.

Initial planning and construction edit

The MRT2 project was initially planned to be between Kuala Lumpur and Port Klang, similar to Shah Alam Line's alignment.[7][8] However, by October 2014, it was revised to be from Sungai Buloh, Selayang to Pandan.[9]

The project was official approved by the Federal government in March 2015 and allocated RM23 billion in the 2015 Budget[10][11] and construction was expected to begin by November 2015.[12][13] However, construction was delayed due to adjustments to the alignment to extend the line to Putrajaya and to provide connectivity to the proposed High Speed Rail project.[14] Construction officially begun in September 2016 with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future Putrajaya Sentral MRT station by former Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak.[15][16]

On 10 October 2017, An explosion has occurred at the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station construction site in Bandar Malaysia. According to the police, it was believed that the explosion happened because of an old unexploded bomb from the Second World War through the initial investigation. Three Bangladesh workers were seriously injured and two of them lost their legs while another suffered injuries on the hands and legs.[17]

On 3 March 2018, A construction worker died while two others survived when a launching gantry at an MRT construction site in Jalan Jinjang (Work Package V203), collapsed at around 11:40pm.[18]

Project re-tender and cost cutting edit

After the fall of BN led Federal government in May 2018, the new PH led Federal government, citing the mounting national debt and concerns with the direct negotiation tender process, proposed various cost cutting measures to a lists of federal government projects, including the MRT2 project. In October 2018, then Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng announced the decision to change the project structure as well as terminate the contract from MMC-Gamuda and re-tender the unfinished underground portion of the project by an open tender process, due to the fact the Federal Government and MMC-Gamuda have failed to reach an agreement relating to the underground portion of the construction project. This decision had caused a lot of protests from MMC-Gamuda and workers due to the fact that some 20,000 workers tend to lose their job.[19][20][21] Due to budget concerns, and a re-tender, construction costs proposed by MMC-Gamuda is about half what it was previously. The two Bandar Malaysia Stations have also been cancelled and listed as provisional. The cost for construction of the underground portion is now RM13.11 billion. This brought to the entire cost for this project to be RM30.53 billion from the RM39.35 billion previously. This means MMC-Gamuda now secured the contract of the underground section and allowed to continue the construction.[22][23]

Phase 1 edit

By 3 April 2021, The Construction progress of Phase One section of the MRT Putrajaya Line (Kwasa DamansaraKampung Batu) is at 97% and was planned to begin operations in August 2021.[24] However, this was postponed multiple times due to the COVID-19 movement control order in Malaysia[25] and that the line requires furthering testing. The MRT Putrajaya Line Phase 1 operations of the MRT Putrajaya Line was official launched by then Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on 16 June 2022 at 3pm,[26] along with 1 month of free rides for all public transportation services under RapidKL including the MRT.[27]

Phase 2 edit

By 23 December 2022, the construction works of MRT Putrajaya Line Phase 2 were completed and the operational readiness phase was in progress. Because the tests could take longer than usual to pass, the opening date of Phase 2 was expected in March 2023, delayed two months from the original January 2023 deadline.[28]

Phase 2 of the MRT Putrajaya Line was officially launched by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim at the Serdang Depot on 16 March 2023 at 3pm.[29] Free rides for the MRT Putrajaya Line were also announced effective from 16 March 2023 until 31 March 2023.[30]

The total cost of the project was ultimately put at RM56.93 billion.[31]

Station designs edit

Elevated station concepts edit

All stations are fitted with platform screen doors (PSD), as seen here at Sri Damansara Sentral station.

The proposed design for the elevated stations is based on the “Serambi” concept. This concept is focused on the inspiring interaction and communication at a foyer or entrance space of a house such as the entrance space at a traditional rumah kampung or rumah panjang. The design opted is a simple and timeless design, which is derived from various design concepts, including that of the Japanese zen concept. Other aspects include open space, natural lighting and ventilation, and natural visual effects via play of lighting and shadows.[32]

Compared to the Kajang Line's elevated station design, the columns have been pushed to the sides of the station, giving the stations an open and airy feel.

Underground station concepts edit

Each of the underground stations will carry its own individual theme, similar to that of the Kajang Line stations. The proposed designs range from preserving the rustic, reflecting tidal rhythm, promoting well-being, vibrancy, pulse of life, discovering culture, molding forms, inspired by nature to streamlined flow.[32]

List of stations edit

A train is seen departing from the Damansara Damai station
A dynamic route display showing the train on its way to Persiaran KLCC

28 (23 elevated + 1 half-sunken + 4 underground) out of 35 stations (excluding the ones on the MRT Kajang Line) are expected to have feeder bus services.

Kwasa Damansara station, along with the adjoining Sungai Buloh and Kampung Selamat stations were previously built as part of the MRT Kajang Line. These three stations are currently annexed by the Putrajaya Line, thus making Kwasa Damansara the interchange station between the two MRT lines.

Station Code Station Name Image Opened Platform type Position Park & Ride Connecting Bus Lines Working Name Interchange/Notes
 PY01  Kwasa Damansara   16 June 2022 Stacked Island Elevated N/A Kota Damansara Northern terminus of both the MRT Putrajaya Line and MRT Kajang Line.

Cross-platform interchange with  KG04  MRT Kajang Line.

 PY02  Rubber Research Institute (RRI) - - - - - - RRI Provisional station[33]
 PY03  Kampung Selamat   16 June 2022 Side Elevated N/A 1 line


Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh Exit to D'Sara Sentral.
 PY04  Sungai Buloh   Island 6 lines


N/A Connecting station, without paid area integration, to  KA08  KTM Tanjung Malim-Port Klang Line and KTM ETS.
 PY05  Damansara Damai   Island Elevated N/A 1 line


 PY06  Sri Damansara Barat   Island 1 line


Sri Damansara West
 PY07  Sri Damansara Sentral   Side 3 lines


Sri Damansara East
 PY08  Sri Damansara Timur   Island 3 lines


Kepong Sentral Connecting station, without paid-area integration, to  KA07  Kepong Sentral for the KTM Tanjung Malim-Port Klang Line and KTM ETS.
 PY09  Metro Prima   Island 5 lines


Metro Prima Feeder bus  T112  to  KA06  Kepong for the KTM Tanjung Malim-Port Klang Line.

Exit to AEON Mall Metro Prima.

 PY10  Kepong Baru   Island N/A 1 line


Kepong Baru
 PY11  Jinjang   Island 3 lines


 PY12  Sri Delima   Island N/A 3 lines


Seri Delima Exit to Brem Mall Kepong.
 PY13  Kampung Batu   Island 3 lines


Kampung Batu Connecting station, without paid-area integration, with  KC03  KTM Batu Caves-Pulau Sebang Line.
 PY14  Kentonmen   16 March 2023 Side Elevated 3 lines


 PY15  Jalan Ipoh   Island Half-sunken N/A 3 lines


Jalan Ipoh Underground alignment begins after this station

Exit to Mutiara Complex.

 PY16  Sentul Barat   Island Underground N/A 3 lines


Sentul West

Theme: Preserving The Rustic

 PY17  Titiwangsa
Island N/A 6 lines


Titiwangsa Interchange station with  AG3  SP3  MR11  LRT Ampang Line, LRT Sri Petaling Line and KL Monorail.

Proposed interchange with  CC08  MRT Circle Line.

Theme: Tidal Rhythm

 PY18  Hospital Kuala Lumpur   Diverging Island N/A N/A Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Theme: Promoting Well-Being

 PY19  Raja Uda–UTM   Island N/A 2 lines


Kampung Baru North

Theme: Resonating Heritage

 PY20  Ampang Park   Stacked N/A 2 lines


Ampang Park Connecting station, without paid-area integration, with  KJ9  LRT Kelana Jaya Line.

Theme: Vibrancy

Exit to Intermark Mall.

 PY21  Persiaran KLCC   Stacked N/A N/A KLCC East

Theme: Pulse of Life

 PY22  Conlay–Kompleks Kraf   Island N/A N/A Conlay

Theme: Discovering Culture

 PY23  Tun Razak Exchange–Samsung Galaxy (TRX)   Stacked Island N/A 1 line


Tun Razak Exchange Cross-platform interchange with  KG20  MRT Kajang Line.

Theme: Islamic Corporate

Exit to The Exchange TRX via an underground passageway.

 PY24  Chan Sow Lin   Island N/A 4 lines


Chan Sow Lin Interchange station with  AG11  SP11  LRT Ampang and Sri Petaling Lines.

Theme: Moulding Forms

 PY25  Bandar Malaysia Utara   - - Bandar Malaysia North Provisional station[34]

Theme: Inspired By Nature

 PY26  Bandar Malaysia Selatan   - - Bandar Malaysia South Provisional station[34]

Proposed interchange with KTM Batu Caves-Pulau Sebang Line, ERL KLIA Transit and KTM ETS.

Theme: Streamlined Flow

 PY27  Kuchai   16 March 2023 Island Elevated 5 lines


Kuchai Lama Proposed interchange with  CC26  MRT Circle Line
 PY28  Taman Naga Emas   Island 1 line


Taman Naga Emas
 PY29  Sungai Besi   Side 3 lines


Sungai Besi Interchange station with  SP16  LRT Sri Petaling Line.
 PY30  Taman Teknologi   - - - - Technology Park Provisional station
 PY31  Serdang Raya Utara   Island Elevated 3 lines


Serdang Raya North Exit to One South
 PY32  Serdang Raya Selatan


Island 1 line


Serdang Raya South Exit to South City Plaza
 PY33  Serdang Jaya   Island N/A 4 lines


Seri Kembangan
 PY34  UPM   Island 3 lines


UPM Exit to Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
 PY35  Taman Universiti   - Side - - - Taman Universiti Provisional station
 PY36  Taman Equine   16 March 2023 Island Elevated 3 lines


Equine Park
 PY37  Putra Permai   Island N/A 2 line


Taman Putra Permai
 PY38  16 Sierra   Island N/A 16 Sierra
 PY39  Cyberjaya Utara–Finexus   Island 2 lines


Cyberjaya North
 PY40  Cyberjaya City Centre–Limkokwing   Island N/A 2 lines


 PY41  Putrajaya Sentral   Island 8 lines


Putrajaya Sentral Southern terminus. Connecting station, without paid-area integration, with  KT3  ERL KLIA Transit and proposed 14 Putrajaya Monorail.

Rolling stock edit

Interior of MRT Putrajaya Line train.

The rolling stock is provided by HAP Consortium which consists of Hyundai Rotem, Apex Communications and POSCO Engineering. The trains are fully automatic with a capacity of 1,200 passengers in a 4-car trainsets formation.[35]

The 4-car trainsets are maintained at 2 purpose-built facilities, Sungai Buloh and Serdang depots, located nearby Kwasa Damansara and the proposed Taman Universiti stations respectively.[36]

The front and back of the trainsets resemble a duck's bill, which is why they are called "Ducky".

Formation edit

The train consists of four cars, with car 1 facing towards Kwasa Damansara and car 4 facing towards Putrajaya Sentral.

Set designation 1 2 3 4
Formation Cabin Middle Car Middle Car Cabin

Ridership edit

Putrajaya Line Ridership[37][38]
Year Month/Quarter Ridership Annual Ridership Note
2022 Q1 - 4,147,577
Q2 369,564  PY01  Kwasa Damansara PY13  Kampung Batu section opened on 16 June 2022
Q3 1,873,209
Q4 1,904,804
2023 Q1 3,218,613 29,555,851  PY13  Kampung Batu PY41  Putrajaya Sentral section opened on 16 March 2023
Q2 7,223,564
Q3 8,868,780
Q4 10,244,894

Criticism edit

Inaccessibility of stations and inadequate first and last mile connectivity has been criticized by potential users of the new MRT line - a problem which has already led to lower than expected ridership on other public transport lines in the Klang Valley. For example, the Cyberjaya stations are located far away from the main town centre.[39]

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Notes edit

  1. ^ Excluding annexed stations from Kajang Line and the cancelled Bandar Malaysia stations

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