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By vivre in personal experience, tips

This part is the continuation from Part 1, written few weeks back.

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LRT (RapidKL – Kelana Jaya / Terminal Putra Line)
Being the second last station doesn’t guarantee you a hassle-free trip every morning to KLCC. I started to notice the hike in number of commuters soon after government decided to increase the fuel price few months ago. And ever since, it is getting worse, with no sign of efforts taken by RapidKL to resolve this. So, as the old saying kept saying; if you can’t beat it, you have to join it. And, with that thinking in mind, I have thought of my own way/strategy to get onboard. Muahaha! Here’s the drill;

Typically, LRT station will have two platforms; Platform A where the train heads towards Terminal Putra (TP), and the other one is heading to Kelana Jaya (KJ). Being orthodox’ers, people would just go to Platform B, provided you start queuing before 0715, otherwise you could just waste your time standing waiting there. For the unorthodox’ers, they would proceed to Platform A without any hesitation. If you happened to be one of those unorthodox’ers, congratulations, you have made a wise choice for the first part of this cheat strategy.

Next step? You could just simply board any incoming train, and keep your fingers crossed that you don’t have to get down in TP. Alternatively, you could take my advice here; make use of deterministic approach (purely based on my experience since last year) or, analytical approach (which sometimes works better than the former).

My so-called “deterministic” approach assumes similar concept with bus; we know where the bus is heading, based on the numbers located above its windscreen.. 🙂 LRT has three digits; first denotes whether it`s the front or back coach, while the last two digits are the one that we should look for. They could give us ‘hint’ whether the passengers need to step out @ TP.  Compiled below, is the list of numbers of good, 50/50 and bad trains. (Again, sometimes it works and, sometimes it doesn’t)

Good (high chance that you DON’T HAVE to step out @ TP)
02, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 33

50/50 (this train has both good and bad record, so give a try at your own risk)

Bad (high chance that you HAVE to step out @ TP)

On Platform A, you guys need to understand the mechanism on the rotation of LRT; they move in circle, connecting TP (Gombak) and Kelana Jaya. With respect to our case now,one needs to guess understand the situation in TP. Maximum number of trains that could be in standby mode is two, so if the other train is being emptied, the other one will surely will be filled up.  So, if there is one train heading towards TP (from Platform A @ TM station), and somehow, there is another ’empty’ train on standby mode, then you are on the right train (as in, you dont need to disembark the train and re-queueing the long queue). The trick is to spot for this ‘lucky’ train. What I usually did, is to observe the train arriving at Platform B. If there is a ‘ghost’ train (empty, yet doest not stop @ TM, purely to serve W.Maju station onwards) then you are advised to board the train arriving at Platform A. The chance that you have to disembark at TP is LOW, but don’t come back to me if it doesn’t work later. Haha. Well, at least you have some strategy, rather than pure gamble 🙂

My take on this? I love this train-guessing game… I surely do miss it especially since I’m no longer one of TM residents.

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5 Responses

  1. ini rupenye keje awk pagi2..

  2. lalala ;p

    orang2 kat TM jer tau betapa happynya klu dapat teka tren mana yang betul..

    tak caya tanya anam ;p

  3. hurm dulu Mr & Mrs J

    skang dh ade Mr & Mrs K


  4. This is my first time comment at your blog.
    Good recommended website.

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