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KTM Komuter's new Batu Caves station PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 January 2011

After some debate about whether there should be a proper rail line to Batu Caves, the old tracks have been properly resuscitated to provide KTM Komuter service from Sentul to Batu Caves. Along with this redevelopment are three other new stations: Batu Kentonmen, Kampung Batu and Taman Wahyu.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 16 January 2011 )
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KTM Sentul Station DOES connect to KLPac PDF Print E-mail
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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 )
 
KTM Komuter dari Serendah ke Shah Alam PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 April 2007
Excerpt from an email enquiry on 3 April 2007:

"Saya tinggal di serendah dan bekerja di Shah Alam. Ada ka syarikat bas yang melalui laluan shah alam ke rawang/serendah/batang kali/RASA"

Response on 4 April 2007:
Laluan yang kami suggest ialah dengan KTM Komuter yang baru yang akan buka di Serendah, dan juga Batang Kali dan Rasa. Dari Serendah, Encik boleh ambil Komuter ke KL Sentral. Dari KL Sentral, Encik boleh ambil yang berikut:
- bas Rapid T64 ke Taman Sri Muda
- bas Rapid T80 ke UiTM Shah Alam
- Komuter ke stesen2 Batu Tiga, Shah Alam atau Padang Jawa
Bas dari rawang ialah seperti berikut:
- SJ 72: Country Homes Rawang - Pasar Seni KL
- Metrobus 43: Country Homes Rawang - Bangkok Bank KL
- Komuniti 207: Rawang, Batu Arang - Bangkok Bank, KL

Counter response on 5 April 2007:
SAYA BEKERJA DI SEKSYEN 2 SHAH ALAM. TETAPI KOMUTER MEMUNYAI PELBAGAI MASALAH SEPERTI :
A. lambat - 1 jam 10 minit untuk sampai ke stesyen komuter shah alam dpd rawang.
B. Tiada pengangkutan awam seperti bas dpd stesyen komuter shah alam ke tempat kerja. Kena naik teksi dan kosnya tentulah tinggi. Bas yang ada perlu jalan kaki ke perhentian bas yang jauhnya maybe 500m atau 1 km. dULU ADA BAS DARIPADA stesyen tetapi dia bawa round seksyen 16, 17, 2 dan sampai ke tempat kerja setengah jam kemudian. Walhal dari stesyen ke tempat kerja saya jika terus hanyalah 10 minit sahaja. Buang masa.
C. komuter tak pernah ikut masa. jika jadual tertulis sampai shah alam jam 7.58 tetapi sampai 8.15
D. sering rosak dan tunggu berjam lamanya.
E.Naik rapidkl ke shah alam ok. tapi dpd shah alam bila balik kerja mengambil masa 1.5 jam melalui bangsar yang jam.
kalau ada bas daripada rawang ke shah alam melalui lebuhraya ianya akan mengambil masa 40 minit sahaja. Ada pilihan lain?

Counter counter response on 5 April 2007:
Actually tak ada bas yang melalui Lebuhraya Utara Selatan PLUS, dari Rawang ke Shah Alam.
Bas Rapid T80 ada melalui stesen KTM Batu Tiga lepas tu dia masuk Persiaran Kayangan Persiaran Dato Menteri
Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 April 2007 )
 
New stops north of Rawang for KTM PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 April 2007
 
  Pic © Konstantine Choo, KTMRailwayFan.com
By Christina Low (The Star)

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Apr -  less than a month’s time the public would be able to stop at three new railway stations after Rawang.  

The three stations are Serendah, Batang Kali and Rasa, which is part of the Rawang-Ipoh double-tracking project which was completed in December last year.  

At present, KTM commuters have to disembark at the Rawang station and take another train, called the shuttle service, to the three new destinations.

“Infrastructure, track and stations have all been completed but we need another year to complete the signalling, communication and electrification systems,” said KTMB managing director Datuk Mohd Salleh Abdullah.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 April 2007 )
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New Station: Kepong Sentral PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 August 2006

Announced in June 2006 was the addition of the new KTM Komuter station,  Kepong Sentral. This station lies on the Rawang-Seremban line. Located on the Middle Ring Road, Kepong Sentral provides an alternative to the older Kepong station, located within the suburb of Kepong.

 
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