Autonomous rail transit (ART) is a proposed two-line hybrid metro forming part of the Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS).
The project is being developed by the government-owned Sarawak Metro. Phase 1 of the ART consists of 2 lines and 27 stations covering approximately 52 kilometres in distance.
The vehicles are driverless and are powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The vehicles will run on dedicated trackless lanes runing on rubber tyres. Each vehicle can carry up to 300 passengers, with a speed of up to 70 km/hour.
The proposed interchange station for the ART would be near the Kuching City Mosque (Padang Pasir).
The ART replaces the previous proposal of the 3-line Kuching Light Rapid Transit (LRT).
Links And Resources
mysarawakmetro.com – Official website.
@SarawakMetro – Official Twitter.
Kuching Transportation Plan – News and discussion on Skyscraper City Forum.
Maps And Images
[ART station at Jalan Datuk Merican Salleh (via SarawakMetroSdnBhd).]
Proof-of-concept exercise for ART prototype at Kuching-Samarahan Expressway starts today – [20/11/23]
“The Proof-of-Concept (POC) exercise for the prototype Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) hydrogen vehicle at Kuching-Samarahan Expressway has officially commenced effective today.”
Sarawak awards RM570mil tender for first rapid transit line – [12/11/23]
“A joint venture with China Railway Engineering Corporation will begin work on a 15km-long route for the trackless autonomous rapid transit project.”
EU ambassador to M’sia takes test ride on S’wak’s ART hydrogen vehicle – [14/10/23]
“European Union (EU) Ambassador to Malaysia Michalis Rokas and a high-level delegation experienced a test ride on Sarawak’s groundbreaking Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) hydrogen vehicle prototype during their visit to the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) on Thursday.”
ART engineering run, Stage 2 proof-of-concept exercise begins at Kuching Isthmus – [06/09/23]
“The downpour this afternoon did not stop Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg from having a feel of the hydrogen-powered Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) vehicle during a test ride of the prototype today.”
Sarawak to order 38 more autonomous coaches – [06/09/23]
Autonomous Rapid Transit tram prototype to start test run in Kuching from September 4 to October 31, says state minister – [21/08/23]
Sarawak Metro: Autonomous Rapid Transit prototype unit arrives in Kuching – [05/08/23]
“Sarawak is a step closer towards its drive in modernising its public transportation with the arrival of the prototype unity of the Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) hydrogen vehicle today.”
Kuching ART prototype on the way to Kuching – [18/07/23]
Phase 1 of KUTS project 8.25 per cent completed, says Lee – [23/05/23]
“Phase 1 of Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) project, which involves the design, construction and commissioning of the three Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) lines, was 8.25 per cent completed as of the first quarter of this year, said Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin.”
Sarawak’s ART vehicle completed, undergoing proof-of-concept in Zhuzhou – [08/03/23]
“The Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) Project achieved another major milestone recently with the completion of the manufacturing and assembly of the prototype hydrogen-powered Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) vehicle in Zhuzhou, China.”
MOTS, Sarawak Metro aims to emulate Japan for Kuching Urban Transportation System – [23/02/23]
“The Ministry of Transport Sarawak (MOTS) and Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd (Sarawak Metro) are looking at the possibility of emulating Japan’s public transportation system for the Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) project.”
That’s not how you do metro, Kuching – [02/01/23]
“Sarawak Metro is a pipedream that will moves no one.”
Kuching ART proof-of-concept expected in 2023 – [14/12/22]
Kuching ART system routes made clearer – [10/08/22]
Naim subsidiary signs MoU with Sarawak Metro on Kuching Urban Transportation System – [19/07/22]
“Naim Group of Companies, through its subsidiary Peranan Makmur Sdn Bhd (PMSB), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd to collaborate on the implementation and management of the Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) at Kuching Paragon.”
Consortium awarded contract for Kuts project – [27/06/22]
“A consortium comprising EPR (Kuching) Sdn Bhd, Global Rail Sdn Bhd and Mobilus Sdn Bhd has been awarded the contract for System Package 1 of the Kuching Urban Transportation System (Kuts) project.”
Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) – [26/05/22]
Sarawak Metro seeks vendors for ART vehicle – [11/06/21]
“Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd (Sarawak Metro) is now inviting rolling stock suppliers to register as vendors, as part of their initiative to source for the best provider for the Automated Rapid Transit (ART) vehicle for the Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) project.”
Sarawak Metro starts tendering process for Kuching light metro trains – [09/06/21]
“Sarawak Metro is responsible for implementing a two-line rubber-tyred light metro in Kuching.”
Sarawak: Towards sustainable mobility – [28/02/21]
Transforming Sarawak’s public transportation system – [25/11/20]
Funding for ART system under 12MP – [01/09/20]
“Funding for the state’s autonomous rail transit (ART) system, which is expected to be in commercial operation by 2025, will be provided under the 12th Malaysia Plan.”
Sarawak’s ART public transport system ready for action in 2022, says transport minister – [24/09/19]
“Autonomous rail transit (ART), which overtook light rail transit (LRT) as the preferred system to modernise Sarawak’s public transport system, is expected to be operational here in three years’ time, said Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin.”