Cyberjaya to test automated rapid transit system in early 2022



Cyberjaya will soon add a railless Automated Rapid Transit (ART) system to its public transport infrastructure, according to Sepang City Council (MPSepang) Chairman Abdul Hamid Hussain. The system will undergo a three-month pilot test by January 2022, along the Persiaran Rimba Permai-Persiaran Bestari route.

Described as a cross between a train, bus and tram, Hamid said the three-car vehicle used by the ART system can travel up to 70 km / h with a maximum capacity of 307 passengers. He also claims that this pilot project could help Cyberjaya reduce its carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, if successful.

The interior of an ART railless tram in Iskandar Johor.

The ART system also appears to be highly recommended by the Malaysian Institute of Transport (Mitrans) which said it is significantly cheaper than LRTs and monorails while still being able to provide similar capacity. “The batteries are inexpensive, the vehicle is light and the manufacturing requirements allow it to be assembled locally,” said Prof. Wan Mazlina Wan Mohamed, Head of Continuing Professional Development and Training at Mitrans.

If this project is successful, Cyberjaya will be the second location in Malaysia to implement ART after the Iskandar Malaysia area in Johor received its automated buses from Mobilus earlier in the year. The system is part of the RM2.56 billion Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit (IMBRT) project and comes from concluded its own pilot test last week.

In addition to this, the government of the state of Sarawak is also interested in implementing the ART system in Kuching. Indeed, a pilot test was already planned for 2022 but it has since been postponed to the end of 2023, although the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation aims to have the system operational by 2025.

(Source: Vibrations. // Picture : IMBRT, Vetri Johor via Facebook.)


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