Two four-car train sets have been added to the KL Monorail service after getting the green light from the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD). The new trains were completed two months ahead of the deadline set by transport minister Anthony Loke.

With the addition of the two train sets, the KL Monorail service now has five four-car train sets and four two-car train sets. This will reduce waiting times during peak hours from 10 minutes to 5.5 minutes, according to operator Prasarana.

“For me, this is clear proof of the success of the collaboration and strong commitment between the government, Prasarana and STP (Scomi Transit Project). KL city needs a monorail service that’s efficient and safe, which made this project one of the priorities of the ministry. Now, five of the four-car train sets that have been suspended since January 2018 have returned to service after going through necessary safety upgrades, and have passed endurance tests set by APAD,” Loke said.

According to the new contract signed between Prasarana and train manufacturer STP last April, both parties will monitor the performance of the five four-car train sets for six months before moving on to the second phase, which is the purchase of seven sets of four-car trains. Should there be no hiccups in the six months, the seven new train sets will have to be delivered to Prasarana in 18 months. Once completed, the KL Monorail will operate with 12 four-car train sets, with all two-car train sets phased out.

After the suspension of the five four-car train sets in January last year, daily ridership of the monorail has been around 32,000. With this latest addition, Prasarana is targeting up to 70,000 passengers a day.