LRT3, entirely located within the state of Selangor, will be the first urban rail in Greater KL that does not pass through the city centre.
Public transportation system in Greater KL is set to receive a significant boost with the completion of LRT3, a new rapid transit line launched last week. The line, slated for completion in August 2020, is expected to carry 74,000 commuters daily.
LRT3, entirely located within the state of Selangor, will be the first urban rail in Greater KL that does not pass through the city centre. However, with its wide reach in various high-density residential neighbourhoods in the western corridor of Greater KL, LRT3 will act as a feeder line, adding significant volume of suburban commuter traffic from satellite townships like Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya and Klang into the higher capacity MRT system that runs through the city centre.
Seamless integration between LRT3 and other existing and future transit lines in the city is, therefore, vital. Five of the future stations on the line have been designated as interchange stations, with the line’s eastern terminus in Bandar Utama acting as an interchange station with MRT1. This allows commuters to enjoy quick onward connection to various hotspots in the city covered by MRT1, including the future Tun Razak Exchange financial district, which will be located only eight stations away from this interchange station. The journey will take less than 15 minutes. To enhance door-to-door connectivity, feeder buses will be provided, and 10 of the LRT3 stations will also be fitted with park-and-ride facilities.
Prasarana will undertake the construction of LRT3, and upon completion in 2020, the RM 9 billion line will help Greater KL to increase the modal share of urban public transportation from 20 percent currently to 40 percent in 2030.