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Kuala Lumpur Putra Light Rail Transit
The Kuala Lumpur Putra Light Rail Transit system is a metro system in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Locally, it is known as Putra LRT or simply Putra (Putra stands for 'Projek Usahasama Transit Ringan Automatik').
The single line from Kelana Jaya to Terminal Putra Gombak, was fully completed in 1999. The system, which is 29 km long, is the third longest fully-automated driverless metro system in the world, after Lille, France, and the Vancouver SkyTrain. The system uses Advanced light rapid transit technology from Bombardier, using linear motor. Currently Putra LRT and Star LRT are operated by Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad .
- 15 February 1994 - Projek Usahasama Transit Ringan Automatik (PUTRA LRT) was incorporated.
- 1 September 1998 - Section 1 from Subang Depot to Pasar Seni Station commenced operation.
- 1 June 1999 - Section 2 from Pasar Seni Station to Terminal Putra Gombak Station commenced operation.
- 1 September 2002 - Under management of Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad.
|AMP||Ampang Park||island, underground|
|KBU||Kampung Baru||island, underground|
|DWI||Dang Wangi||island, underground||to Monorail|
|MJD||Masjid Jamek||island, underground||to Star|
|KLS||KL Sentral||side||to KTM, ERL, Monorail|
|SBD||Subang Depot||no passenger service|
The stations starting from north to south are given to the left. Station with island platform allows easy interchange between going north-bound and south-bound without walking down/up to concourse level. The Sri Rampai station is still closed, since the project it is supposed to serve has been halted.
Putra LRT stations are designed to have platform gaps smaller than about 5cm to allow easy access for disabled and wheel chair users. They are able to achieve this due to the following reasons:
- Putra tracks are non-ballasted, hence less rail and train movements.
- Putra trains have direct rubber suspension, hence less train body movements.
- Putra trains does not go too fast pass the platforms.
- Putra stations have straight platforms.
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