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KTM Sentul Station DOES connect to KLPac PDF Print E-mail
Rail - KTM Komuter
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Thursday, 16 December 2010

Being a natural drama queen, I sent my daughter to an acting course at Actors' Studio's KL Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) in Sentul. KLPac and the surrounding park, was developed by YTL from the train yards built first by the English colonial government then handed over to KTM, I believe.

As such, the Sentul station lies right next to KLPac and I would be darned if you couldn't connect the two (see map below).

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Now while this may not be entirely official (in fact if you can make out the red signs in the picture which suggest shooting upon sight below, it looks downright scary), rest assured that it's pretty customary. See I'd noticed a few people walking in and out of this gateway within the KLPac grounds and they confirmed that one could easily walk to the Sentul station through that gate. If you are driving in from the main entrance (with the supersize "HOME" letters), at the bit where the road skirts around a gorgeous old derelict building, it is the gate that with a sign pointing to the "EMU Depot".
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At the gate there is a rudimentary checkpoint but at the time I used it, there was a very sweet policewoman who pointed the way for me to get to the station helpfully.
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As you can see from the image above, you just walk down this road and you quickly see a staircase going up to the station. The fact this information hasn't really made its way online could be down to the possibility that station is pretty new. Indeed this futuristic lookin building suggestive of a spaceship but also corrugated zinc looks new.

Walking into the station proper actually reveals a very capacious hallway (though which funnily enough doesn't seem to have much function as a space) -- "Wow, nice station," is what my daughter said. This was followed by very spick and span ticketing counters and ticket vending machines. How much is the ticket from Sentul station to KL Sentral? RM1!! Take it and run!
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Down next to the platforms which were airy and clean with comfortable seating. I was lucky enough to have to wait only 12 minutes for my train to KL Sentral, though actual train frequencies at this station seemed to be one train every half hour (every 20 and 50 minutes past the hour).
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When the train arrived, I was intrigued to see that KTM Komuter had come out with the "Koc Wanita" before RapidKL's much trumpeted "Bas Wanita". I personally do feel that it's a bit paternalistic, patronising and archaic to segregate the sexes. That didn't stop me from jumping into the coach adorned with much pink iconography however and I have to say, it was rather comfortable and sweet to share the coach with my fairer sex friends. Hopefully less exposure to male sweat and cooties that way...
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The ride itself went very pleasantly, outside of that one stationery stop for a few minutes before a train junction. Otherwise, I love passing through the back yards of the city that one would never see traversing the well trodden highways, eg peeks at the river, views of which are usually boarded up from the road as well as an abundance of banana trees and verdant green that make you think you are back in the desa.
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After about 15 minutes, we reached KL Sentral (after stops at Putra, Bank Negara and Kuala Lumpur's old KTM station). It was a quick hop up the escalators and feeding the ticket to get out the turnstiles, to get out into the hustle and bustle of KL Sentral station. Now I just needed to get a bus to Damansara Heights.

That however was going to be a less pleasant experience, of which you can read more in my article on taking RapidKL's Bus U83. That would seem to be the public transport in Klang Valley experience for you though -- a mixture of wonderful poetic moments of immersion within unknown places and people, as well as a frustrating despairing lack of service, communication, walkways as well as general care for our shared environment.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 December 2010 )
 
RapidKL's Bus U83 (Jln Duta - KL Sentral) PDF Print E-mail
Bus - RapidKL
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Thursday, 11 November 2010

The bus route U83 between KL Sentral and Kompleks Kerajaan Duta via Damansara Heights has finally been reflected in the latest RapidKL website. On the road itself, it does exist although its frequencies have really been whittled down to very selected times.
Check out the timetable, as pasted at KL Sentral.
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Here's the bus stopping at Plaza Damansara.
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As shared very helpfully by a woman waiting to take the bus, it seems to be relatively consistent for the bus to KL Sentral to be expected at 4.45pm at the stop on Jalan Setia Murni just after the turn off with Jalan Setia Murni 5, with code DH1, opposite the Guardian Pharmacy. In fact there was a small army of service personnel (a.k.a. maids and cleaners working the surrounding mansions) who showed enough faith in the bus' arrival to wait at the stop at this time!

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 December 2010 )
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RapidKL U35 and U36 -- "new" or "copycat" routes? PDF Print E-mail
Bus - RapidKL
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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Another "new" route -- U35 from Pandan Indah to Sri Kota -- was announced by RapidKL on its website. 

However, it looks like this route is another one (can't remember exactly which other ones but they've done it before) which basically "cannibalises" or takes over the route of other operators, in this case Metrobus' and SJ Bus' Route number 30.

Not sure if those are still running but this looks like another case of RapidKL going back from the progressive hub-and-spoke mix-and-match trunk-feeder to the original all-head-back-to-the-city-centre strategy, which doesn't make it very different from the old style of Intrakota and Cityliner companies, which it absorbed several years back.

One case in point here is "new route" U332, which is basically T332 (Lembah Jaya Utara - Ampang Point) lengthened to go all the way into Chow Kit now.  

"New" route RapidKL U36 is also very similar to Metrobus' and SJ Bus' route number 32, which runs from Kampung Pandan Dalam to Chow Kit, except that RapidKL's U36 starts a bit earlier at Taman Dagang, near its Ampang LRT station.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 December 2010 )
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Intro to KL Public Transport PDF Print E-mail
Public Transport - KL - General News
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Tuesday, 11 December 2007

More than 4 million passengers per week use public transport in Kuala Lumpur & the Klang Valley (source: RapidKL). These include tourists, employees, shoppers, commuters, civil servants, students, housewives, pensioners and more! These buses and trains are operated by more than 20 operators, including RapidKL, KTM Komuter, Monorail, ERL, Metrobus, SJ Bus, Transnasional, minibuses and more.

 
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 December 2007 )
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KL's first integrated public transport map guide PDF Print E-mail
Public Transport - KL - General News
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Monday, 03 December 2007

Image First off, we should make clear that the facilitators of this site are also the publishers of bastrenKL -- KL's first integrated public transport map guide. As far as possible, we'll try to take the perspective of the average KL public transport user in the writing of this news piece however :-)

The fact in any case is that, there is being printed 40,000 copies of bastrenKL, a map guide which depicts routes for all forms of public transport in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley... yes, not just RapidKL! :-)

Is it really the first? As far as we know, there have been 2 other similar exercises: one done by DBKL (sold for RM5) but that was very schematic, and another called Walkabout, published by Malaysia-on-Call, which mainly shows bus tables. So if you've been waiting to see a fully integrated and to scale map of all public transport services in the Klang Valley (as they commonly have in most other cities), check bastrenKL out!
  

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 December 2007 )
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What's happening with RapidKL? PDF Print E-mail
Bus - RapidKL
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Thursday, 01 May 2008

Unfortunately, it looks like RapidKL is going through another hiccough in its operations. I’m not sure if the word is hiccough or slowdown, but it’s certainly a period of uncertainty and lack of reliability.

Unfortunately again, I have not been able to ride much of RapidKL buses recently, but I received a report that the frequency of route U7 is not every 10 minutes from 4pm to 8pm (peak hours) as previously stated in RapidKL’s website, but more like every 30 minutes up to 7pm.

I spoke to someone from the operations side of RapidKL and he said that yes, for the past month or so, RapidKL as a whole has been cutting down on its number of buses. In fact, RapidKL has been going through what looks like a change of regime. First off, Dutch CEO Rein Westra left to join the World Bank, Corp Comms manager Katherine Chew left as well. Now it turns out their Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Buses Mohd Ali Mohd Nor and bus operations GM Captain Khairuddin has left too.

aWell, what’s for sure is that the frequencies published in bastrenKL for RapidKL are now out of date. My apologies.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2008 )
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