MRT

 

The new MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) train line from Sungai Buloh to Kajang opened on 16th December 2016 and I took the opportunity to try this out today for the first time. The line is only operating at present from Sungai Buloh to Semantan, with the remainder of the line to Kajang opening mid 2017.

I am lucky to be within 5 minutes walk to my local station of Bandar Utama which I have watched being slowly built over the last few years. With the station so close now to my home it will offer up a great way to avoid the traffic problems of KL and be a little greener.

img_0005_lum
Bandar Utama MRT station

There is still much work to be done around the station with extra pedestrian walkway access and footpaths but at least the station and all the feeder buses are fully operational and as a bonus it is free for one month.

img_0001_lum
Feeder buses at Bandar Utama MRT station

Entering the station at Bandar Utama from the new commercial Powerhouse building you move up two sets of escalators then make your way across the walkway bridge to the station itself.

img_0002_lum
Entrance to Bandar Utama MRT station
img_0004_lum
Pedestrian bridge walkway to Bandar Utama MRT station

The station entrance is well signposted with maps of the complete Klang Valley Rail Transit System and there were some friendly staff on hand to guide the passengers.

img_0006_lum
Transit System Map

Taking a free token to enter the station you then entered a large hallway with escalators and lifts up to the station platforms on both sides of the rail line. You could also use your touch-n-go card or monthly pass cards to enter through the barriers.

img_0007_lum
Ticket entrance at Bandar Utama MRT station
IMG_0008_LUM.jpg
Bandar Utama MRT station
img_0009_lum
Clear signs at Bandar Utama MRT station
img_0010_lum
Escalator to train platform at Bandar Utama MRT station

The station platform is separated from the rail line by glass panels and doors which open once the train has arrived at the stop. The design is clean and funtional and everything is very shiny and new at the moment – let’s see how long this lasts!

img_0011_lum
Bandar Utama MRT station
img_0012_lum
Train arriving at Bandar Utama MRT station
img_0013_lum
Bandar Utama MRT station
img_0014_lum
Functional seats at Bandar Utama MRT station
img_0015_lum
Bandar Utama MRT station

Within a few minutes a train arrived. The train was spacious, clean and modern and what I noticed immediately was the few seats it had so once this line gets busy there will be a lot of passengers standing.

The views from the train are very good as it runs along the elevated track getting views over the housing areas in Taman Tun, the golf course at KGPA and then as we neared my destination at Pusat Bandar Damansara the large new office complex and shops at DC City mall.

 

The Pusat Bandar Damansara station was similar in design with stairways, escalators and lifts down to ground level either side of the station. Here you could get a feeder bus and I took the Megamall one which only took a few minutes up the hill to drop me at Bangsar Shopping Centre. A quick and efficiet journey ….. and FREE!

img_0033_lum
Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT station
img_0034_lum
Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT station
img_0035_lum
Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT station
img_0037_lum
Feeder buses waiting at Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT Station
img_0038_lum
Feeder bus at Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT station

My return journey was just as efficient …. a short walk down the hill from Bangsar Shopping Centre to Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT station and back on the train to Bandar Utama MRT station.

img_0045_lum
Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT station

img_0047_lum

img_0048_lum
Electronic panel showing stations and current location

img_0049_lum

img_0052_lum
TTDI MRT Station

img_0053_lumimg_0054_lum

The Powerhouse commercial building next to Bandar Utama MRT station houses the park and ride facilities and will also have commercial outlets once it gets completed. The road system is being upgraded and improved with a new flyover which will hopefully ease the traffic situation as more people use this area to park and then take the MRT.

So I look forward to using this new transportation system more frequently now as it is so close and will be very convenient and less stressful than the usual bad traffic we have to experience.


Passionate Photographer …. Lost in Asia

Stuart Taylor of HighlanderImages Photography has been making images for over 25 years and can offer a diverse range of photo imaging services with a focus on Asia and a documentary/photojournalistic style. These services include planning and executing a photo shoot on location but importantly all the post-processing and image preparation needed for the specific finished media format required by the customer. Stuart’s experience and knowledge in all of these aspects makes HighlanderImages Photography a one-stop-shop for a comprehensive and professional image production service.

Stuart can be available for a variety individual assignments or projects and he specialises in areas such as photojournalism, commercial, architectural, real estate, industrial, interior design, corporate, urbex, adventure, wilderness and travel photography. Stuart can also offer some innovative and advanced techniques such as HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Panoramic Photography.

Final image products can be delivered as high resolution images, prints, books, multimedia slideshows, videos and DVDs. Images from this website can be purchased as prints in a variety of sizes and media, as gift items or as digital downloads.

E-Mail : staylor@highlanderimages.com

Website : http://www.highlanderimages.com


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s