Full integration of LRT ticketing system on Monday

By Prasarana

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana), the operator of Klang Valley’s two LRT lines, is implementing full ticketing integration of RapidKL Kelana Jaya Line and Ampang Line on November 28 – two days earlier than its actual schedule.

“Originally, we wanted to do this on November 30. But, we have decided to take advantage of the November 28 public holiday to put the system to full test.

So, at 0600hrs on Monday, the old ticketing system will be switched off in total to make way for the new Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) integrated system,” says Prasarana’s Group Managing Director Datuk Shahril Mokhtar.

November 28 has been declared by the Government as a public holiday to celebrate Maal Hijrah, or the New Year of the Islamic Calendar.

With the integrated ticketing system which uses a new MyRapid Pass and tokens for single journeys, LRT commuters would have the comfort of using a single ticket for the entire journey despite needing to change lines. With a single ticket, commuters would not need to exit from Masjid Jamek integrated station; and just instead proceed to the other line to continue their journey.

“We have full confidence that the new system will work well. But, just to be on the safe side, let us start on a public holiday when there is lesser traffic. That will give us some time in case there are issues that we need to trouble shoot,” Shahril said in a media statement issued today.

After the integration of the two LRT lines, the programme would continue with the AFC integration of the RapidKL Monorail in the first quarter of 2012 before extending the whole system to cover the RapidKL  bus services in the second quarter of 2012. The system is installed by a joint venture Malaysian-Spanish company – INDRA-IRIS AFC Consortium (IIAC).

Since November 2, RapidKL – a subsidiary of Prasarana – had been selling the new tickets at its LRT stations and opened new AFC gates while maintaining the old gates for the current system in allowing the transition process.

In encouraging commuters to change, RapidKL has offered a special promotion MyRapid Card of RM10 each, which carries a stored value of RM8. Commuters with the current Stored Value Card can also  change them to the new MyRapid Ticket (SVT) without any charges.

“I am happy to announce that response for the new AFC integrated ticketing system has been good. On that note, I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to the commuters for their support and kind consideration.