Malaysians have long complained about the broken facilities at the various light rail transit (LRT), mass rapid transit (MRT) and monorail stations.
In a recent announcement, Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd said that repair works on escalators and lifts are expected to be completed by the end of this year.
According to Bernama, they had ordered the spare parts from the original manufacturer (OEM) in Shanghai, China and are now waiting for receipt, with the first batch expected to arrive this month, the second batch in mid-November and the third batch two weeks later.
The parts ordered include 87 handrail units and 37 escalator step chain units.
The rail operator said that repair works will then be carried out in stages and they will update the public through its social media channels.
“Rapid Rail is aware of the escalator and elevator breakdowns at several train stations and follow-up action would be taken.”
“We will inform of the status update of the repair and installation works via the mass media and our social media channels,” the statement reads.
As of Friday (14 October), the rail operator has identified 22 elevators (out of 362) and 49 escalators (out of 707) that are out of order.
Meanwhile, Rapid Rail said that it has implemented a ‘condition-based maintenance programme’, where they will conduct regular maintenance when there are indicators showing a decrease in performance or upcoming failures.
In addition, the rail operator said it had ordered 192 handrail units and 22 step chain units that would be required at all routes.