The Low Cost Carrier Terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport is situated some 50 km from the capital Kuala Lumpur. However, passengers need not worry about their transportation needs to the city centre as it is conveniently and efficiently connected by bus, taxi and limousine services. Since September 2009, passengers have another travel option to KL Sentral, as Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL) introduces a shuttle service between the Salak Tinggi Station and the LCCT, on the KLIA Transit service. Jom Naik Bas! had the chance to ride the new service, from the LCCT to KL Sentral.
Situated just near the Arrival Hall exit are ticketing booths for bus, taxi and limousine services to Kuala Lumpur city centre and other destinations. Fares for the bus services starts at RM8 and are provided by at least 3 bus companies. There are no ticketing counters, however, for the KLIA Transit train service. But passengers will not miss the banners promoting the new service. On these banners, passengers are told to proceed to Bus Bay 6 to board the free shuttle bus that will bring passengers to Salak Tinggi Station.
As we walked towards Bus Bay 6, many buses are parked and abuzz with boarding activities. Parked at Bus Bay 6 is a Cityliner midibus which was contracted to provide the bridging bus service. Cityliner is a major stage bus operator in Malaysia, with operations in several states. It is part of the Konsortium Transnasional Berhad, which is also the parent company for Transnasional, Plusliner and NiCE brands.
The bridging bus service is operated at a half-hour intervals. The airconditioned 30-seater midibus is fitted with luggage racks at the front and seats are of the high-back version. The bus itself is powered by Daewoo and runs on compressed natural gas (CNG). Bodywork was supplied by SKSBus on the Ci 06 model. At the precise half-hour mark, the bus left the LCCT for its destination.
The journey to Salak Tinggi Station takes less than 15 minutes. The bus itself is powerful for a midi but the airconditioning system was somewhat less than desired. The Salak Tinggi Station is located at the Salak Tinggi Township, touted as the Airport City. It’s quite deserted since it is a Sunday and the vicinity is quite built up yet. There were, however, a cluster of shophouses located just a few hundred metres from the station.
Upon alighting, we purchased the tickets to KL Sentral. A one-way ticket for adults costs RM12.50 and children pays only half that price. We have to use the overhead bridge to get to the platform. On the overhead bridge, we were able to see the depot and maintenance shed for the ERL trains. We did not wait long for the KL-bound KLIA Transit train to arrive. And the best thing of all, it was near empty. The four-car trains are operated on the standard gauge railway track system, different from the Keretapi Tanah Melayu trains which runs on the narrow gauge tracks. Electricity is supplied via overhead cables and the Desiro Electrical Multiple Units (EMU) trains were procured from Siemens AG. The interior is luxuriously spacious and fitted with exceptionally comfortable seats. TV screens are also provided onboard.
The journey was amazingly smooth and almost quiet. You can hardly hear any grinding of the tracks. The trains were not jerky and the airconditioning system was superb. The service will call at two other stations – Putrajaya/Cyberjaya and Bandar Tasik Selatan – before terminating at KL Sentral. The train journey takes about 20 minutes from Salak Tinggi Station to KL Sentral, up to twice faster than commuting by bus.
I have no main grouses with the service. Generally, the service was efficient, comfortable and fast. However, it would be better if stepless buses, or at least those with lower floors are deployed on the shuttle. There are bound to be passengers with big luggage and certainly it is challenging and difficult to carry the bags onboard if the steps are high. Otherwise, it would have been an excellent service. Jom Naik Bas! certainly recommends the KLIA Transit to LCCT service to commuters.
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