What a shocking scene! After a very long time of not boarding LRT monorail, I was totally shocked by the surge of humans at the station early in the morning. It is packed with people like Puduraya Bus Stattion! No doubt that there is vigorous development all over the Setapak. More condominiums, shop houses, housing area are built recently. Traffic condition is getting worse till there is expansion of existing 2 lanes to 3 lanes and some 3 to 4 lanes namely at Genting Klang. Business is growing at Danau Kota, Sri Rampai, Setapak Jaya and Wangsa Maju near the Carrefour area. Though the Wangsa Maju Mosque already being built under RM-8 (if not mistaken), the Sri Rampai LRT station was not opened and seemed to be abandoned. Perhaps, due to the cost issue but I thought the main objective of the station is to make the Muslim prayers easily travel to the mosque for prayer. With all these, there is no doubt that the residents in Setapak had no choice but to congest this station. Between, why I was there at that time? The picture was taken during my working days at KLCC.Those days, Wangsa Maju LRT station was congested with people around 8 to 8.15 am. However, the timing had changed from 7.50 am to 8.30 am. The frequency of train is every 2 minutes. Yea.. it is TWO.
Each time the train arrives at this station, the train will be packed by humans. There can be only minimum number of people entering the packed sardine train despite the long queue. Hence, to avoid such incidence and for a better standing position in the train, usually I will board the train to terminal Gombak (last station) before coming back to this station. Estimated time from Wangsa Maju- Taman Melati- Terminal Gombak- Taman Melati- Wangsa Maju takes 8 minutes. I must say I prefer Putra LRT than Star LRt than the worst, lousy KTM. To estimates the time reached to your destination, jsut multiply with 2 minutes for each station and add 1 minute if there is high traffic of people. This formula really works~ Wow! Civilised scene! Well, it was because there was a LRT train police officer with arms guarding the station. What a discovery~ Then only I noticed that the room next to the cashier room in most station or all is now occupied by the polices. It is good to see them here but they can be only spotted especially during the 'morning jams' or at heavy traffic station like KLCC. Haven't try the experience of being packed like sardine? Come to Wangsa Maju LRT Station at 8 am sharp during working days! For map, click here.