We’re Implementing a Plan that KUTS through Traffic

Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS)

As Sarawak aspires to become a developed and high-income State by 2030, a reliable transport system is vital in mobilising greater productivity and economic growth.

Sarawak Metro is implementing the Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) project to minimise traffic congestion on the city’s roads while spurring productivity and economic growth.
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Automated Rapid Transit

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A hybrid of a train, a bus and a tram
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Runs on rubber tyres
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Trackless articulated hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle on dedicated lanes
 
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300 passengers
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Guided system with intelligent signal communication
 


Phase 1 of the KUTS project involves ART's approximately 50-kilometre route that consists of two lines and 27 stations.
The Samarahan Line is estimated to begin revenue service in 2025 and stretches about 27 km from Station SM3 near UNIMAS’s East Campus to Station IS2 near the Hikmah Exchange area.
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*This transit map is subject to final alignment design changes
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*This transit map is subject to final alignment design changes
The Serian Line is from Station SR9 at 12th Mile Kuching-Serian Road to Station SR19 at Isthmus and is about 23 km in length.

The Samarahan Line and Serian Line will integrate at Simpang Tiga Station.
During peak hours, the time interval between the departure of one and the arrival of another, called ‘headway’, is a minimum of 8 minutes.

Depots

  • Our depots for KUTS will provide heavy and light maintenance for our fleet of hydrogen vehicles, as well as a place to park all our hydrogen vehicles when they’re not in operation.
  • For the Samarahan Line (Blue Line), the proposed location of our depot is at Rembus while for the Serian Line (Red Line), the proposed location is at 12th Mile Kuching-Serian Road.
  • The depots will integrate the various systems including the virtual tracks to and from the mainlines, signalling equipment, telecommunications equipment, automatic fare collection equipment, hydrogen vehicles’ operations, mechanical, electrical, fire engineering, and security, among others.

Operation Control Centre (OCC)

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  • The Operation Control Centre (OCC) can be considered as the heart of KUTS.
  • The OCC is manned by traffic controllers, who monitor the hydrogen vehicles’ movements and also, via CCTV, the situation on board all our hydrogen vehicles and stations.
  • The OCC for KUTS will be located in the Administration Building of our Rembus depot.
  • It will provide integrated controls, as well as monitor and deal with any emergency situation – on the main line and in our depots – during our operation.
  • Functions and capabilities:
    • Monitor and control the hydrogen vehicle service
    • Supervise and control the electrical power supply and distribution systems
    • Monitor and control the E&M equipment, system-wide
    • Monitor and control fire safety
    • Perform depot operations and maintenance activities
    • Communicate and monitor passengers’ movement
    • Coordinate with other modes of transport
    • Perform operation management
    • Perform incident management
    • Automatic launching and reception of hydrogen vehicles from / to depots
    • Systems and equipment fault reporting
    • Internet facility for communication with social media (Twitter, WhatsApp etc.)
    • Event log system
    • Fire suppression system
    • Flood monitoring system
    • Cross wind monitoring, anemometer wind speed sensor

Current Progress

Activities to assess Environmental Impact, Social Impact and Heritage Impact have started since July 2020.


Hydrogen Technology

We’re Decarbonising Our Urban Transportation System

At Sarawak Metro, we believe in promoting the use of zero-emission vehicles as a way to decarbonise the public transport sector in Sarawak. The ART rolling stock will be powered exclusively by hydrogen fuel cells and the same goes with the feeder buses that will serve our ART stations. At Sarawak Metro we’re also giving our full commitment in the development of a hydrogen economy and helping to ensure the success of Sarawak’s Green Hydrogen Agenda.

Adoption of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

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Eco Friendly
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Does not burn H2
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Produces only electricity, heat and water
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Never loses charge as long as H2 is supplied
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Generates electricity used to power traction motors to drive vehicles
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No need for overhead catenary or third rail or fourth rail power system

Hydrogen Generation and Use

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H2 can be generated by electrolysis at lower costs using electricity from hydropower stations
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H2 produced → transported in high pressure tube trailers and liquified hydrogen tankers → H2 storage and refilling stations and depots
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H2 stored in pressurised tanks on the rooftop of vehicles

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Project Trial Operations

How Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Work

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Advantages of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus

ZERO EMISSION

INCREASED AVAILABILITY

CUSTOMISABLE POWER OUTPUT

LONGER RANGE

REFUELING TIME

Hydrogen Bus Service Fast Facts

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  • Can travel 300 km in a single refill

  • Live GPS

  • Live diagnostics on fuel level, speed and vital systems notification that can be monitored remotely

  • Trial run on Downtown Heritage loop (14 kilometres)

  • High Speed LTE WiFi

  • H2 Sarawak mobile app
Functions of the Hydrogen Bus in Kuching
  1. Live location for all buses

  2. Google Transit integration for tourist to find the nearest public transportation to get from point to point – real-time schedules of bus arrivals and connecting points

  3. iBeacon integration citywide – allows for push notification of offers, promotions and historical landmarks

  4. LED monitors display H2 Sarawak Magazine and video

  5. H2 Sarawak E-commerce store that will allow online ticketing to attractions, hotels and local Sarawak product

Hydrogen Bus Route

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We’re planting the SEED of opportunities

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Through our Socio-Economic Enhancement Development (SEED) Programme, Sarawak Metro is committed towards capitalising on the investments made for the KUTS project.

The main objective of the SEED Programme is to acquire new capacity and capability to generate additional economic activities.

This is in line with the aspirations of the Sarawak Government to enhance the State’s economic growth; to produce more skilled manpower; to be globally competitive; and to become a high-income and developed state by the year 2030.
Under the SEED Programme, three main focus area have been proposed for implementation:
Assembly Plant Initiative
Urban Transport and Hydrogen Centre of Excellence Initiative
Talent Readiness Initiative



In order to understand the local industrial landscape, we have created a short survey and we welcome all industry players in the field of transportation, construction, manufacturing and its relevant industries to fill in the survey form. The survey will provide Sarawak Metro the indication of interest from the industry players to participate in SEED Programme and the information will also be used as part of the exercise under market & industry assessment. All information provided will be kept confidential and will be used solely for the purpose of assessment and implementation of the SEED Programme. The link to the survey is available here.

Contact Us

Registered Address
3rd - 11th Floor Menara SEDC,
Lot 2878 The Isthmus,
Off Jalan Bako
93050, Kuching Sarawak
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Business Address
Unit 16-01, Level 16, Gateway Kuching,
No.9 Jalan Bukit Mata Kuching,
93100 Kuching, Sarawak

Tel: (082) 524222 Fax: (082) 524224

Email: info@mysarawakmetro.com
Career: hr@mysarawakmetro.com
Registered Address
3rd - 11th Floor Menara SEDC,
Lot 2878 The Isthmus,
Off Jalan Bako
93050, Kuching Sarawak

Business Address
Unit 16-01, Level 16, Gateway Kuching,
No.9 Jalan Bukit Mata Kuching,
93100 Kuching, Sarawak

Tel: (082) 524222 Fax: (082) 524224

Email: info@mysarawakmetro.com
Career: hr@mysarawakmetro.com
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