Prasarana has announced that the Light Rail Transport (LRT) service on the Ampang Line’s four new stations to Sri Petaling will be free for the month of November, The Star reports.

Prasarana Malaysia Berhad chairman Tan Sri Ismail Adam said commuters travelling between Sri Petaling and the four new stations can ask for free single-journey tokens from the customer service officers. As for those wanting to travel beyond Sri Petaling, tokens will have to be purchased from the ticket vending machines.

With regards to the fare after the month-long free trial period, Ismail said that this will be determined by the government. “The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will make the announcement,” he told reporters.

The new stations – Awan Besar, Kampung Muhibbah, Alam Sutera, and Bandar Kinrara 5 (BK5) – are all part of the Ampang LRT Line Extension Project. With the opening of the stations, Ismail said the ridership would increase by 30,000 per day.

LRT rail pix Bernama

Approximately 400,000 people residing in Kinrara and Puchong will benefit from the new service, with the Alam Sutera station catering towards residents in Bandar Kinrara 1 and Bandar Kinrara 9, including those near Puncak Jalil.

The BK5 station, located near the commercial hub of Bandar Kinrara, will serve those from Bandar Kinrara 2 to Bandar Kinrara 8, as well as residents nearby from Taman Kinrara and Taman Bukit Kuchai. As for the Awan Besar and Kampung Muhibbah stations, these will serve residents in Taman OUG.

At the introduction of the extension service, Prasarana also announced the deployment of its new fleet of CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive-built six-car trains, called AMY. The first of the planned 50 sets, AMY1, began operations on Oct 31.