In just a few decades Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur has evolved into a bustling, glittering, internationally renowned metropolis and one of the fastest-growing cities in Asia. Backed by the Malaysian Government’s Transformation Programme to fully establish Kuala Lumpuras a world-class city, the economic and political centre of the country offers increasing opportunities for work and prosperity
It’s no surprise that Kuala Lumpur keeps growing. With its natural appeal, the capital city raws in large numbers of new urban-dwellers each year. In addition, the Greater Kuala Lumpur area, known as Klang Valley, is emerging into an ever-expanding agglomeration of many small residential towns. Spread over an area spanning more than 50 kilometres, it is estimated it will be home to over ten million residents by 2020.
In Kuala Lumpur, as in all the world’s growing megacities, people’s mobility needs are multiplying. As a result, traffic congestion is commonplace, not only in the centre but also spreading to the city’s main arteries and into the suburbs. However, Kuala Lumpur is one city that is proactively tackling this issue with the visionary level of investment in rail transportation included in the Malaysian Government's Transformation Programme.
By systematically expanding its rail-based public transportation network, and targeting to have 40% of commuter journeys made by public transportation by 2030, Kuala Lumpur is continuing to work on ways to offer residents attractive and sustainable mobility. Here, Bombardier Transportation has been a constructive partner for over two decades, applying a range of its globally-proven rail vehicle, systems and rail control technology.