Rail transport in Malaysia

Rail transport in Malaysia comprises heavy rail (including commuter rail), light rapid transit (LRT), mass rapid transit (MRT), monorail, airport rail link and a funicular railway line. Heavy rail is mostly used for intercity passenger and freight transport as well as some urban public transport, while rapid transit are used for intra-city urban public transport. There are two airport rail link services linking Kuala Lumpur with the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Subang Airport. The sole monorail line in the country is also used for public transport in Kuala Lumpur, while the only funicular railway line is in Penang.

Rail transport in Malaysia
KTM class 91 and class 92 at kuala lumpur station.jpg
National railwayKeretapi Tanah Melayu
Major operatorsKTM Komuter 1 2 10  1   2 
Rapid KL (brand) 3 4 5 8 9
Express Rail Link 6 7
Ridership694,057 (2017) [note 1]
System length
Total1,833 kilometres (1,139 mi)
Double track767 km (477 mi)
Electrified767 km (477 mi)
Track gauge
Main1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
High-speed1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Metre gauge
1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
1,776 km (1,104 mi)
Standard gauge
1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
199.5 km (124.0 mi)
Straddle beam monorail8.6 km (5.3 mi)

The railway network covers most of the 11 states in Peninsular Malaysia. In East Malaysia, only the state of Sabah has railways. The network is also connected to the Thai railway 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) network in the north. If the Burma Railway is rebuilt, services to Myanmar, India, and China could be initiated.

Railway infrastructureEdit

Metre gauge railEdit

Peninsular MalaysiaEdit

The intercity railway network in Peninsular Malaysia consists of two main lines: The KTM West Coast Line between Singapore and Padang Besar, Perlis, on the Malaysian-Thai border, and the KTM East Coast Line between Gemas in Negeri Sembilan and Tumpat in Kelantan. There are also several branch lines – between Kuala Lumpur and Port Klang, Batu Junction and Batu Caves, Bukit Mertajam and Butterworth, Tapah Road and Teluk Intan, Kempas and Tanjung Pelepas, Kempas and Pasir Gudang, and between Pasir Mas and Rantau Panjang. The entire 1,699 km network uses 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge tracks. The network uses ballasted setup with locally manufactured concrete sleepers. Since the early 1980s, companies formed via international collaboration, such as Mastrak Sdn Bhd had been producing these sleepers via technology transfer.[2][3][4] In the five years period of 1982-1987 alone, it was estimated that about 500,000 pieces of sleepers had been laid for the Kerdau-Jerantut and Sungai Yu-Tumpat lines, giving clear preference due to its advantages over wooden sleepers. This was also evident in the changes made by Sabah State Railway in 2006 for the network under their control.

The network is linked with the Thai railway network at Padang Besar and Rantau Panjang.

A total of 438 km of the network is double track and electrified. They include portions of the West Coast Line between Gemas and Ipoh and the entire Kuala Lumpur-Port Klang branch line as well as the stretch between Kuala Lumpur and SentulBatu Caves branch line. The double-track and electrified portions between Kuala Kubu Bharu and Seremban and the Port Klang to Kuala Lumpur branch lines are used as the commuter train services.

Double tracking and electrification of the stretch of the Batu Caves branch line between Sentul and Batu Caves are now complete, it added 7.5 km of double track and electrified sections to the network. Double tracking of the West Coast line between Ipoh and Padang Besar has started in January 2008 and expected to be completed by November 2014[5] and will add a further 329 km of double track to the network.

Malaysia's national petroleum company Petronas owns a railway line which links its oil refinery complex and the nearby town of Kerteh, Terengganu, with the petrochemical complex in Gebeng, Kuantan, and Kuantan Port near Kuantan, Pahang. The line is mainly used to transport petroleum products, but it has been opened up recently for general freight transport, with operation being conducted by KTM. There have been proposals to extend the line to connect with the KTM line at Mentakab[citation needed], and there are suggestions to go as far as Kuala Terengganu and Tumpat.[citation needed]


The Sabah State Railway.

There is a 134 km (83 mi) railway line linking Tanjung Aru near Kota Kinabalu and Tenom in the interior of Sabah state. The line is the only railway on the island of Borneo. Besides normal passenger trains operated by the Sabah State Railway Department, the tracks are also used to for the North Borneo Railway tourist train. The line has been suffering from lack of maintenance for many years and in 2006, the Malaysian Government funded rehabilitation works for the line. A pipe dream is to have a railway line from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching through Brunei though the cost of this would mean seeking funding from Brunei.

Standard gauge rail linesEdit

Ekspres Rail Link (ERL)Edit

One of Malaysia's two fastest rail lines is the 57 km (35 mi) standard gauge line between Kuala Lumpur and KLIA & KLIA2. Depending on whose definition used, this line may not be considered high speed line because the maximum speed used is 160 km/h (99 mph). The line was constructed by Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd, which also operates the two train services which use the line, namely the KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit.

Light Rapid Transit (LRT)Edit

There are two systems which are called LRT in Malaysia. Two are used in Kuala Lumpur to ferry paying passengers while the automated people mover is used at Kuala Lumpur International Airport to ferry passengers from the Main Terminal Building and the satellite building.

The three light rapid transit lines in Kuala Lumpur are the Kelana Jaya Line, the Ampang Line and Sri Petaling Line. The Kelana Jaya Line is a driver-less automatic system and is 45.1 km (28 mi) long, running between the northeastern suburbs of Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya to the west of Kuala Lumpur. It is mostly elevated except for a 4 km (2.5 mi) stretch where it goes underground and there is a short at-grade stretch. The Kelana Jaya Line was completely operational from June 1999. The older system Ampang Line is 46.4 km (29 mi) and consists of two sub-lines, running between the suburb of Sentul in the north of Kuala Lumpur, and Ampang in the east, as well as Sri Petaling in the south. Trains branch off to either Ampang or Sri Petaling at Chan Sow Lin station about midway of both lines. The system is mostly at-grade outside the city, and elevated with it runs through the city. Unlike the trains on the Kelana Jaya Line, those on the Ampang Line and Sri Petaling Line have drivers. The line was completely opened on 1998. On 30 June 2016, Kelana Jaya Line and the Sri Petaling Line extension have completed and start operation.

The automated people mover system at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, called the "Aerotrain", is a simple people-mover shuttle system running along two 1,286 m (4,219 ft) guiderails between the Main Terminal Building and Satellite Building. The two ends of the guiderails are elevated while the middle portion goes under the main airport taxiway. Each rail has a three-car automatic driver-less train.

Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)Edit

Phase 1 (Sungai Buloh - Semantan) of Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT Line have started its operation by 15 December 2016.

In December 2010, the government approved the implementation of the MRT project and announced preliminary plans for the first line, stretching 60 km from Sungai Buloh to Kajang through 35 stations. The line will pass through the city centre and will serve densely populated suburban areas including Kota Damansara, Mutiara Damansara, Bandar Utama, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Bukit Damansara, Cheras, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn and Balakong, with a total catchment population of 1.2 million people. The first phase of MRT had started in December 2016, the second phase which will complete the whole line 1 was completed in July 2017.


Malacca monorail

Malaysia's only monorail system is used for public transport in Kuala Lumpur. It is 8.6 km (5.3 mi) long, running from Titiwangsa in the north of central Kuala Lumpur, to KL Sentral just to the south of the city centre. It has 11 stations. The line consists of two parallel rails for most of the way except at the end stations where switches merge the two rails into a single rail before entering the station. The entire network is elevated. The system uses two-car trains which were manufactured in Malaysia. It is operated by Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd.

There are proposals to construct monorails in Penang, Johor Bahru, and Melaka but opposition has been vociferously expressed by Malacca residents concerned about the system being out of place in the historic downtown areas. Malacca has since focused on the less intrusive Aerorail. The federal administrative centre of Putrajaya was also supposed to have a monorail network and the main station and several metres of track have been built. However, the project has been postponed because of costs and the Malaysian government felt that it was not a priority project for the time being even though good public transportation would attract many Malaysians to re-locate to this new underpopulated city.

Malacca has been proposed to build a 1.8 km (1.1 mi) Melaka Aerorail line for urban mass-transit. The monorail has been hit by a number of setbacks, including the suspension of the service after a British couple, Anne and James Croft, had to be rescued by firefighters when the monorail stopped unexpectedly between stations. Following this incident a number of safety upgrades have been suggested including the purchase of cherry pickers in case of any further stoppages.[6] After 4 years being suspended since 2013 due to technical problems, the Malacca Monorail service begin operating again on 4 December 2017.[7]

Cable Car Rail System (Funicular)Edit

The Doppelmayr Garaventa 100-FUL Penang Hill coach at lower station.

The Penang Hill Railway in Penang is the only cable car rail system type (funicular) in Malaysia. The line is made up of two separate sections, with the total length at 1.2 km (0.75 mi). Both sections are single lines with passing loops at midway. The tracks are metre gauge and have an incline of over 50%.

Other modes of transportEdit

Cable CarEdit

Langkawi Cable Car Top Station, the two circular viewing platforms are visible

The 2.4 km Awana Skyway is an aerial tramway type cable car connecting Awana/Sri Layang and Genting Grand Hotel, Genting Highlands in Malaysia, was built in 1975 and was then Malaysia’s very first aerial lift cable car transport system before Genting Skyway is officially opened on 21 February 1997. It has ceased operations on 1 April 2014 to make way for the construction of a new cable car system using gondola lift type. The Genting Skyway is a gondola lift connecting Gohtong Jaya and Resorts World Genting in Malaysia. Its lower station, located approximately 51 kilometres (32 mi) northeast of Kuala lumpur, comprises a 5-storey station building and a 10-storey car park while its upper station is located at the Highlands Hotel. The Langkawi Cable Car is a gondola lift is one of the major attractions in Langkawi Island, Kedah, Malaysia. It provides an aerial lift service from the Oriental Village at Teluk Burau to the peak of Gunung Machinchang, which is also the location of the Langkawi Sky Bridge. The total length is 2.2 km (1.4 mi). It was officially opened in 2003.

Rail-based public transport in Kuala LumpurEdit

Commuter rail service

1 Seremban Line
Between Batu Caves and Pulau Sebang/Tampin
27 stations over 153 km, operated by KTM
6 stations over 22 km for the Rawang-Tanjung Malim shuttle service, between Rawang and Tanjung Malim
2 Port Klang Line
Between Tanjung Malim and Port Klang
23 stations over 45 km, operated by KTM

Light rapid transit service

3 Ampang Line
:Between Sentul Timur and Ampang
18 stations over 15 km, operated by Rapid Rail
4 Sri Petaling Line
:Between Sentul Timur and Sri Petaling
18 stations over 15 km, operated by Rapid Rail
11 new stations over 18 km for the line extension, between Sri Petaling to Putra Heights
5 Kelana Jaya Line
Between Gombak and Kelana Jaya
23 stations over 29 km, operated by Rapid Rail
13 new stations over 17 km for the line extension, between Kelana Jaya to Putra Heights
11 Bandar Utama-Klang Line
Between Bandar Utama and Johan Setia
25 stations over 37 km, operated by Rapid Rail

Airport rail link service

6 KLIA Ekspress Line
From KL Sentral to KLIA
Non-stop over 75 km, operated by ERL
7 KLIA Transit Line
Between KL Sentral and KLIA
5 stations over 75 km, operated by ERL
10 Skypark Link
Between KL Sentral and Subang Airport
3 stations over 24 km, operated by KTM

Monorail service

8 KL Monorail Line
Between KL Sentral and Titiwangsa
11 stations over 8.6 km, operated by Rapid Rail

Mass Rapid transit service

9 Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line
Between Sungai Buloh and Semantan
14 stations, operated by Rapid Rail
19 new stations for Phase 2 (July 2017), between Muzium Negara to Kajang
12 Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line
Between Kwasa Damansara and Kampung Batu
13 stations for Phase 1 (2021), operated by Rapid Rail
27 new stations for Phase 2 (2022), between Kampung Batu to Putrajaya Sentral

Railway operatorsEdit

Keretapi Tanah Melayu BerhadEdit

The main intercity passenger train operator is Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB), a corporation owned by the Malaysian government. It operates KTM Intercity passenger trains on both main lines and the Bukit Mertajam-Butterworth branch, as well as electrified KTM ETS passenger trains along the Gemas - Pandang Besar stretch. The other branch lines are either used for freight or not used at all, with the exception of the Kuala Lumpur-Port Klang and Batu Junction-Sentul stretch of the Batu Caves branch lines which are used for its commuter train service, KTM Komuter. The commuter service also uses the double-track and electrified portions of the West Coast Line between Rawang and Seremban. KTMB is also the main operator of freight trains in Malaysia.

Besides its own network, KTMB also operates trains on the Kerteh-Kuantan railway under contract with Petronas, the owner of the line.

Sabah State RailwayEdit

The Sabah State Railway, previously the North Borneo Railway, is the only state department in Malaysia to operate a railway service. It operates passenger and freight services along the 134 km railway line between Tanjung Aru and Tenom in East Malaysia.

Express Rail Link Sdn BhdEdit

The private company was set up to develop and operate the high-speed railway between Kuala Lumpur's KL Sentral station and Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It operates two services along the 57 km standard gauge line, the non-stop KLIA Ekspres and the commuter-like KLIA Transit. Trains on the two services can reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h and are the fastest in Malaysia. Besides trains, the company also provides check-in facilities at its Kuala Lumpur City Airport Terminal at KL Sentral. Except for check-in baggage of passengers, Express Rail Link does not handle any cargo.

Rapid RailEdit

Rapid Rail was set up by Prasarana Malaysia to operate public transport dedicated to rail services in Klang Valley. Prasarana Malaysia is fully owned by the Finance Ministry Incorporated. The company currently operates one MRT line, two LRT lines and one Monorail line in Kuala Lumpur, namely the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT Line, Ampang Line, Kelana Jaya Line and KL Monorail Line.

Other operatorsEdit


Headquarters of the F.M.S. Railways at Kuala Lumpur - circa 1910. The headquarters was later moved to a building opposite Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Railway line heading north from Kuala Lumpur on left, railway sidings on right.

Railways in Malaysia began because of the need to transport tin from mines in the hinterland of the West Coast states of Peninsular Malaysia to coastal ports. The first railway line, which was opened on 1 June 1885, was about 13 km long and ran between Port Weld and Taiping, the heart of the tin-rich Larut Valley in Perak state.[8] The second line was opened a year later to link Kuala Lumpur, again the center of tin-mining activities in the Klang Valley, and Klang and subsequently to Port Swettenham (Port Klang today).


  • 1885 – The first railway line in Malaya between Taiping and Port Weld is officially opened on 1 June.
  • 1886 – Opening of line between Kuala Lumpur and Klang.
  • July 1888 – The first train crash in the country occurred in Sungai Kerawai near Teluk Anson, Perak.
  • 1891 – Opening of the line between Seremban and Port Dickson.
  • 1893 – Teluk Anson to Tapah Road line opened.
  • 1896 – Federated Malay States Railway created, merging the operations of the initial four lines.
  • 1900 – Opening of the Victoria Railway Bridge across Perak River in Perak.
  • 1903 – Line between Tank Road and Woodlands in Singapore opened for service.
  • 1909 – The West Coast Line between Prai in Penang state and Johor Bahru completed and opened.
  • 1910 – The first stretch of the East Coast Line between Gemas and Bahau is opened.
  • 1923 - Johor-Singapore Causeway was opened, connecting Singapore's railway network with the rest of Malaya.
  • 1931 – East Coast Line between Tumpat and Gemas completed with the opening of the last stretch between Gua Musang and Kuala Gris in Kelantan.
  • 3 August 1995 – The first KTM Komuter trains, Malaysia's first to be run on electricity, began taking passengers between Kuala Lumpur and Rawang. Entire commuter train network opened to passengers with the final stretch to Seremban becoming operational on 18 December 1995.
  • 14 April 2002 – Malaysia's first high-speed train, the KLIA Ekspres between KL Sentral and Kuala Lumpur International Airport was officially launched. At the same time, the Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal in KL Sentral was also opened.
  • 1 July 2011 – KTMB's Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Timah railway stations in Singapore were closed. All Singapore operations were moved to Woodlands Train Checkpoint.
  • 2013 - The stretch of rail between Seremban and Gemas was double tracked and electrified. ETS services ran the same year.
  • 2014 - The stretch of rail between Ipoh and Padang Besar was double tracked and electrified. ETS services ran the following year.

Projects and expansion plansEdit

Gemas – Johor Bahru Electrification and Double-TrackingEdit

The MYR 8 billion contract was expected to be tendered out by end 2008 pending a mid-term review of Ninth Malaysia Plan. The project would have included building over 200 km of parallel railway tracks, including stations, depots, halts, yards and bridges and cover systems such as electrification, signalling and communications.[9] This included the realignment between Pulau Sebang, Melaka to Gemas section.

On May 2009, Global Rail Sdn Bhd, a relatively small contractor and its Chinese partner, China Infraglobe submitted a proposal to the Government to build and upgrade tracks from Gemas to Johor Baharu at a cost of MYR 5 billion. According to them, the project would be on a private finance initiative basis and the plan submitted to the Finance Ministry later in June 2009 was conditional upon signing over mineral rights in Johor State.[10]

On 29 January 2011, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said that the Gemas-Johor Bharu double-tracking and electrification project was expected to start that year. He added that the Government hoped to appoint the contractor for the project that year and Malaysia was still in the midst of talking with China Railway Construction, but nothing was confirmed yet. Kong said two consultants had been appointed, a design consultant and an independent checker, to monitor the project. The construction of the 197 km of tracks, at an estimated cost between MYR 6 billion and MYR 7 billion, would take three years.[11]

On 27 October 2015, the public display exercise, required for all development of new railways under Section 84 of Malaysia's Land Public Transport Act 2010, for the Gemas-Johor Bahru Electrification Double Tracking Project began and will run until 27 January 2016. According to documents on display to the public, construction is expected to begin in 2016 and be completed in 2021.[12]

The Chinese company CRCC has been awarded to build the Gemas – Johor Bahru Electrification and Double-Tracking project. Construction on the project began in Jan 2018.[13] It is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

The length of the line to be electrified and double-tracked is 197 km between Chainage 563.040 at Gemas and Chainage 754.180 at Johor Bahru. The project includes the construction of 11 stations at Segamat, Genuang, Labis, Bekok, Paloh, Kluang, Mengkibol, Rengam, Layang-Layang, Kulai and Kempas Baru, and 3 future stations at Tenang, Chamek and Senai. The upgraded line is supposed to cater for at least 22 services daily involving KTM ETS, KTM Intercity and shuttle train services as well as KTM Komuter.

The documents displayed also stated that the electrification for the stretch will have the same specifications as that of the Seremban-Gemas stretch, name at 25 kV AC 50 Hz single phase and supplied via an overhead catenary. Train operations for this stretch will be integrated with the Train Control Centres at KL Sentral and Gemas. The design speed for the tracks is 160 km/h.

Kuala Lumpur LRT and MRT expansionEdit

Penang Transport Master PlanEdit

Kuala Lumpur/Putrajaya-Kota Bharu East Coast Rail LinkEdit

(under construction : open on December 2026)

Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit SystemEdit

On 23 May 2008, a joint venture between IJM and Norwest Corporation won a MYR490.12 million contract from IRCON to construct, commission and maintain infrastructure works for the electrified double-track project. The construction period is 21 months.[14]

On 27 May 2008, a joint venture between Loh & Loh and Pasti Abadi Sdn Bhd won a MYR 273.01 million contract to construct, commission and maintain infrastructure works. The contract include site clearance, demolition and relocation works.

On 26 January 2010, Chief Minister of the state of Malacca, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the work on the dual-track railway was 32.81% completed and it was expected to be operational by 2013. Once completed, the travel time between Malacca and Negri Sembilan will be shortened and new six-coach trains capable of carrying 350 passengers at 140 km per hour will be used.

Part of the project, from Seremban railway station to Sungai Gadut Komuter station was completed in April 2011, and from Sungai Gadut Komuter station to Gemas railway station has been completed on 31 July 2013. The line is energised in stages starting from Sungai Gadut – Rembau stretch in April 2013, Rembau – Batang Melaka in early July 2013 and finally Batang Melaka – Gemas section in late July 2013. The line was completed on 30 October 2013.

Kuala Lumpur light rapid transit expansionEdit

On 29 August 2006, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak announced a RM10 billion plan to expand Kuala Lumpur's public transport network. The plan included extending the existing Kelana Jaya Line from Kelana Jaya to Putra Heights and the Ampang Line from Sri Petaling LRT station to Putra Heights via Puchong. The plan also will see a new light rapid transit line being constructed between Kota Damansara to the northwest of Kuala Lumpur and Cheras which lies to the southeast of Kuala Lumpur.

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad, the owner of most public transport assets in Kuala Lumpur, signed an agreement on 13 October 2006 with Bombardier and a Malaysian company joint venture for the purchase of 22 light rail vehicle sets with an option for another 13 for RM1.2 billion for the Kelana Jaya Line. The 22 vehicles will have four cars each and will boost the carrying capacity of the fleet by 1,500 people. The 22 sets will be delivered from August 2008. The system currently operates 35 two-cars train set. On 27 July 2009, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announced that the 35 new four-car trains will be operational by end-2010. The Ampang Line now operates using 6 car trains.

The entire project is completed and start operation since 30 June 2016.

Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed railwayEdit


Just after the completion of the KLIA Ekspres, the project proponent YTL Corporation Berhad proposed a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore . At that time, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia could not afford such an expensive project. YTL again proposed the project in 2006[15] and as of June 2007, the Malaysian Government said the feasibility of the proposal was still being studied.[16] The RM8 billion project would slash rail travel time from more than 6 hours by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Ktm) to about 90 minutes by high speed rail. The main stumbling blocks, apart from costs, appears to be the JB-Woodlands Causeway which Mahathir had once hoped to replace with a 'scenic bridge'. There were doubts about the capacity of such a curved bridge to carry a rail line and YTL having to use KTM land which runs from Woodlands to Keppel. Redevelopment of this land in Singapore could probably help fund the proposed railway if the various parties involved each had a stake in each other. If the Causeway remains or a straight bridge is one day built to replace it, there should be no difficulty to have a high speed line on either. The high speed line proposal, like the bridge proposal, appears to have reached a stumbling block which only can be overcome at the highest political levels where other bilateral issues have to first be resolved or dealt with at the same time.

As of December 2007, YTL Corporation Group managing director, Tan Sri Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, express great confidence that the project will be approved by both governments. JPMorgan added that almost all regulatory road blocks in building the railway is resolved. The key consideration in the project approval rests in the role of developing the Iskandar Development Region.[17][18] On January 2008, the transport minister, Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said that the government is still looking in the proposal and had yet to make a final decision. He added that the train would be Broad gauge and will run at 350 km/h.[19] If this is the case, new lines need to be laid down as the currently ERL tracks are only Standard gauge. In March 2008, the government is still studying the social impact of the project through the Economic Planning Unit. The Deputy Prime Minister stress out that the risk and funding of the project will squarely rest on the private sector.[20]

Siemens, a major railroad partner in Malaysia has express interest in giving out solutions to the project. They have proposed Velaro trains which has a top speed of 350 km/h as a solution for the project.[21]

On 22 April 2008, the government announce that the project was put on hold indefinitely due to high cost. The government said that the model that YTL corp. was proposing requires the government to borne a significant amount of financing.[22] According to news reports, the decision came at the time of political upheaval due to the recent general election, supported by voices like Keretapi Tanah Melayu who opposes such projects and consideration to protect Kuala Lumpur International Airport.[23]

On March 2009, it was reported the YTL was considering to revive the project again. It will seek to build the rail line on the coastline of Peninsular Malaysia rather than an earlier proposal of building on the existing track.[24]

In May 2018, following the surprise victory of Pakatan Harapan in the General Elections, newly-minted Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced the cancellation of the project.[25] Among revisions being explored to reduce costs, was to align the route to the existing meter gauge Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) line to allow trains to run at 200 km/h with some upgrades in order to trim travel time to 2 hours and 10 minutes and lay a standard gauge track in parallel, with a fork running to Jurong East so that bilateral agreement is not violated.[26]

According to PLANMalaysia, the northern high-speed rail corridor will be build along North-South Expressway and the stations will be at Tanjung Malim, Tapah, Ipoh, Taiping and terminated at Butterworth .[27]

Sarawak Railway LineEdit

As part of Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy project, the government is planning a 320 km railway track between Similajau in Bintulu Division and Tanjung Manis in Mukah Division. The cost for the project timeline is yet to be revealed.[28]

Klang Valley MRTEdit

The Klang Valley MRT is a Gamuda Berhad-MMC Corporation Berhad proposed three-line 150 km Mass Rapid Transit system for the Klang Valley which envisages a "Wheel and Spoke" concept comprising two northeast-southwest radial lines and one circle line looping around Kuala Lumpur city. The proposal was announced in early-June 2010 and construction works targeted to commence in early 2011, leading to project completion in 2016.

The Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit system will be the backbone of a new transport system in Klang Valley, which will be home to an estimated 10 million people by 2020. The Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit system will have several lines integrated with the light rail transit (LRT), Monorail, KTMB Komuter and intra- and inter-city bus services to form an effective public transportation system.

In December 2010, the Government announced that the Sungai Buloh – Kajang Line will be the first to take off. The Sungai Buloh – Kajang Line will run from Sungai Buloh to Kajang through Kuala Lumpur city centre. This route which runs from north-west to south-east of Kuala Lumpur is densely populated and is currently inadequately served by rail-based public transport. Upon expected completion by 2016, the Sungai Buloh – Kajang line will provide service to 1.2 million people with an estimated daily ridership of 442,000.

Construction of the line was officially launched on 8 July 2011 by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Phase 1 of the line, from Sungai Buloh to Semantan station will be operational by 31 December 2016 while the remainder of the line will be operational by 31 July 2017. Phase 1 started its operation on 15 December 2016 and Phase 2 started their operation by July 2017.[29]

Besides the Sungai Buloh – Kajang Line, the other two lines which were proposed will be built based on the Land Public Transport Masterplan and Urban Rail Development Plan being drawn by the Land Public Transport Commission.

The Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit system including all the stations will be owned by the Government of Malaysia through Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp), a special purpose vehicle which is 100% owned by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated. Rapid KL, which is the current operator of the Klang Valley's light rapid transit, monorail and a majority of its bus routes, will operate the future mass rapid transit system under an integrated fare system.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Average daily rail ridership in Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley.[1]


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