BMW types new subway for Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur subway

In between the unfortunate saga of flight MH370 and the grand prix this weekend, Malaysia has been on our radar far more than typical lately. And now the Southeast Asian nation has popped up again, after much more associated to transportation concerns, as Kuala Lumpur is working on a new subway program. Which is not something we’;d usually care about, but this subway just happens to have been designed by BMW.

Or one particular of its divisions, anyway. While BMW can make all manner of vehicles and motorcycles and even has a background in aviation, its subterranean transportation enterprise is dealt with by DesignworksUSA, a ne2rk of design studios that fall underneath the BMW Group umbrella. The California studio lately designed a refresh for San Francisco’;s BART trains, and has now turned its emphasis on the Malaysian capital.

The trains penned by BMW DesignworksUSA are primarily based on the Metro Inspiro technique engineered by Siemens and will be constructed in Malaysia by domestic constructor Mass Speedy Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd. The 58 driverless, 4-automobile trains function LED lighting, handicapped entry and contrasting-shade doors for simple embarking and disembarking. More substantial wheels make it trip quieter and following their planned 30-yr lifestyle-cycle, they will be 95 % recyclable. But our favourite element (no matter whether it tends to make it onto the completed product or not) is the signature BMW racing stripes flanking the stainless steel coachwork… you know, because racing.

A new metro for Kuala Lumpur.
BMW Group DesignworksUSA designs new Siemens metro for Kuala Lumpur. Train head with modern day light notion. (03/2014)

Munich/ Kuala Lumpur. Klang Valley, the metropolitan area close to Malaysia`s capital Kuala Lumpur, is house to about 4 million people. In order to strengthen the appeal of this rapidly growing area and to prepare for the urban transit problems of the long term Kuala Lumpur will rely on the innovative Metro Inspiro by German train producer Siemens. Becoming construct by Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd a total of 58 trains will be in services as of 2017 on 1 of the most frequented lines of the city. BMW Group subsidiary DesignworksUSA created the style for the new underground passenger trains.

Identity by means of Layout.
A metropolis’; identity is notably determined by the good quality and visual impression of its regional public transport program. Identity also was a crucial driver in the style development of the new Metro Inspiro for Kuala Lumpur: The cityscape is characterized by a mixture of cultures and religions manifested in a wealthy architectural diversity. Tradition and progress are at the heart of the people’;s pride and self self confidence and also inspired the style concept for the new metro. Beneath the name “Guiding Light” the design and style of the Metro Inspiro will take a bow to the rich heritage of Kuala Lumpur and makes a robust statement towards the potential.

“The exterior design and style is a bold statement of dynamism and strength. It symbolizes self self confidence, technological leadership, progress and security,” says Laurenz Schaffer, President of BMW Group DesignworksUSA. The light concept in the front of the train bears a sturdy graphical character. It is a reference to the facetted architecture of the capital. In the train interior the interplay of past and potential continues: The lively colour notion with various shades of blue and classic symmetrical patterns is a fresh interpretation of the vitality and cultural diversity of Kuala Lumpur. Colour contrasts in the door areas assist guide passengers and enable an straightforward entrance or exit. The train interior features an LED lighting technique. The use of indirect light beneath the seats creates a feeling of spaciousness and safety and permits easy upkeep of the trains.

Metro Inspiro for men and women and environment.
When operational a complete of 58 driverless trains will be in service enabling a frequency of 1 train each and every 3.5 minutes throughout peak hrs. With a spacious layout every single 4-auto trainset will have a capacity of 1.200 passengers enhancing the day-to-day ridership target of the operator. The train layout also will take into consideration the demands of disabled folks: 6 specific places in each train are outfitted with hand-rails which provide enough area to let wheelchair-bound passengers to be seated in their rides. The doors will emit a beeping sound and light to guide disabled passengers when the train doors are closing and opening.

The new metro for Kuala Lumpur also has a convincing environmental record: The trains which have a thirty-12 months life-cycle are roughly 95 percent recyclable. They consist of light bodyweight stainless steel automobile bodies, excess weight-optimized parts and use highly effective air conditioning and lighting systems which considerably minimize power expenses. The trains have higher-efficiency traction and train management programs and due to large wheel diameters they will be substantially quieter than their predecessors. With all these attributes the new Metro Inspiro will reflect the dynamism, elegance and technological progress of Kuala Lumpur and also take on responsibility for the people of the metropolitan area Klang Valley.

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