The Rapid Rail network contains two light metro lines comprising the Ampang Line LRT and Kelana Jaya Line LRT, with the KL Monorail line being the other major component of the network. This rail network serving a large part of the Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area - the heartland of Malaysia's industry and commerce.
On 28 November 2011, the Ampang Line and the Kelana Jaya Line were integrated with a single ticketing system, allowing commuters to transfer from one line to another at Masjid Jamek station without the need to buy a new ticket.
Further integration of the Ampang Line LRT to the KL Monorail was achieved on 1 March 2012 when the "paid-up" or restricted areas of the Hang Tuah LRT and Hang Tuah monorail stations, and also at the Titiwangsa LRT and Titiwangsa monorail stations, were physically linked up, allowing transfers without exiting the system.KL Sentral station or the Dang Wangi station then walk a short distance to the Monorail station.
The Ampang Line LRT (Ampang Branch) begins at Ampang station, while the Ampang Line LRT (Sri Petaling Branch) begins at Sri Petaling station. Both lines converge at Chan Sow Lin station; the merged line leads to the north, terminating at Sentul Timur station.
The Ampang to Sultan Ismail station was the first phase of the system to open, on 16 December 1995, with the second stretch from Chan Sow Lin station to Sri Petaling station operational on 11 July 1998, primarily for accessibility to the National Sports Complex during the 1998 Commonwealth Games via the Bukit Jalil station. The section between Sultan Ismail station and Sentul Timur station opened on 6 December 1998.
The line between Plaza Rakyat station and Sentul Timur station is an elevated railway, running along the Gombak River between Bandaraya station and Titiwangsa station. The Chan Sow Lin - Ampang line is primarily at surface level, using a previously disused railway formation, while the Chan Sow Lin - Plaza Rakyat line and the Sri Petaling - Chan Sow Lin line use a combination of surface-level and elevated tracks. There are no underground sections.
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The Kelana Jaya Line LRT's stations are aligned in a north-south direction, consists primarily of elevated stops and a handful of underground and at-grade stations. It consists of a single line from Kelana Jaya to Gombak that primarily serves the Petaling Jaya region to the south; southwest and central Kuala Lumpur, and Kuala Lumpur City Centre to the centre; and various low density residential areas further north in Kuala Lumpur.
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