Fun Facts About The MRT SBK Line
Here are some fun facts about the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang SBK line which will become fully operational today.
The Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) MRT station is the deepest station along the entire 51km route at 40m deep. That is equivalent to about 13 storeys in a building.
This underground station is so deep that it can accommodate seven levels: Lower Ground Level, Upper Concourse, Upper Plant Room, Lower Concourse, Upper Platform, Lower Plant Room, Lower Platform.
The longest escalator for all 31 stations along the SBK route is at the Bukit Bintang MRT station, at 20 metres.
This is even longer than the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT station’s escalator that, at 17 metres, is the highest escalator for all 24 elevated MRT stations.
The fully-automated trains’ speed could run at a maximum speed of 98kph, especially between the Surian and Kota Damansara MRT stations.
The fastest speed at the underground stretch of the SBK line will be between the Tun Razak Exchange and Cochrane stations at around 94kph.
The commitment to ensure not just the convenience of MRT passengers but also their safety is shown in the use of over 3,500 close-circuit television cameras (CCTV) at the 31 MRT stations—including at escalator, lifts and linkways betweens stations.
Platform screen doors and Automatic Platform Gates (APG) have been installed to prevent MRT passengers from getting killed either by getting into the way of the driverless trains or from getting electrocuted from the tracks.
The entire MRT SBK line spanning 51km was built at a cost of just under RM21 billion, which is below the initial construction budget of RM23 billion.
Assembled in Malaysia
The four-car MRT trains called The Guiding Light were designed by BMW Group’s subsidiary DesignworksUSA and engineered by Siemens, and were assembled locally at an RM80 million plant in Rasa, Hulu Selangor.
A total of 58 train sets have been purchased for the MRT SBK line, with 42 of them used in daily operations and already sufficient to provide for a train frequency of four minutes during peak hours.
Have a peek at the interior of the seven underground stations (Video source : MRT Malaysia)
Information obtained from Malay Mail Online
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