The third light rail transit line (LRT3) for the Klang Valley is expected to reach the public consultation stage as early as September, dependant only on the approval of the Land Transport Commission (SPAD), an industry source told KiniBiz.
Prasarana, the public transport operator that will eventually build and run the RM9 billion passenger rail line, submitted their proposal to SPAD two months ago in May.
Details of the 35 km route (see map below) proposed by Prasarana leaked out in consultations yesterday between the transport operator and Klang MP Charles Santiago.
The route proposed to SPAD by Prasarana will begin at the Bandar Utama MRT station currently in construction and trace the North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) to an interchange station with the Kelana Jaya Line in the vicinity of Glenmarie, also under construction as part of a line extension.
The rail line will pass through Hicom-Glenmarie Industrial Park and Shah Alam’s more established neighbourhoods. Within Shah Alam, there will be stations at Section 13, Section 14, the Shah Alam Stadium, UiTM and I-City.
Trains will travel down Jalan Meru north of Klang to a station built adjacent to the Klang KTM Komuter station before heading further south to Bukit Tinggi along Jalan Langat.
There could be as many as 24 stations on the route if a branch line to Setia Alam is built.
Construction of the passenger rail line, codenamed LRT3, is projected to cost RM250 million per kilometre not including land acquisition costs, according to news reports.
Some of the high cost to construct stations on the rail line could be subsidised by profitable transit-oriented development, Prasarana CEO Shahril Mokhtar told KiniBiz in July last year.
“We are looking at planning (residential) developments with a station, as part of the project, so the developers can help finance the station,” Shahril said.
“They (the developers) will be willing to work with us as the stations increase the value of the land as well…each station costs like RM50 million to RM60 million, imagine if we have 20 stations, so we save a lot.”
The LRT3 line has been under planning for over a year. According to a source, Prasarana studied 10 possible route alignments before “zeroing in on this particular option.”
A notable change to the route while on the drawing board was a decision to move the Klang terminus from Port Klang to a location further south, near Bandar Parklands off Jalan Langat.
New or recently completed residential developments along the route include SP Setia’s Setia Alam township as well as WCT’s various projects in Bandar Bukit Tinggi and Bandar Parklands.
However, about half of the proposed route runs through established industrial and residential areas with little room for new development.