Transport in Malaysia

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Transportation in Malaysia started to develop during British colonial rule, and the country's transport network is now diverse and developed. Malaysia's road network is extensive, covering 63,445 km, including 1,630 km of expressways. The main highway of the country extends over 800 km, reaching the Thai border from Singapore. The network of roads in Peninsular Malaysia is of high quality, whilst the road system in East Malaysia is not as well developed. The main modes of transport in Peninsular Malaysia include buses, trains, cars and to an extent, airplanes.

Malaysia has six international airports. The official airline of Malaysia is Malaysia Airlines, providing international and domestic air service alongside two other carriers. Most of the major cities are connected by air routes. The railway system is state-run, and covers a total of 1798 km, in Peninsula Malaysia only. Popular within the cities is Light Rail Transit, which reduces the traffic load on other systems, and is considered safe, comfortable and reliable.

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Land

Roads

Malaysia's road network covers 98,721 kilometres (61,342 mi), of which 80,280 kilometres (49,884 mi) is paved, and 1,821 kilometres (1,132 mi) is expressways.[1] The longest highway of the country, the North-South Expressway, extends over 800 kilometres (497 mi) between the Thai border and Singapore. The road systems in Sabah and Sarawak are less developed and of lower quality in comparison to that of Peninsular Malaysia.[2] Driving on the left has been compulsory since the introduction of motorcars in Federated Malay States in 1903 during British colonial era.

Railways

The railway system is state-run, and covers a total of 1,849 kilometres (1,149 mi). 1,792 kilometres (1,113 mi) of it is narrow gauge, while 57 kilometres (35 mi) is standard gauge. 150 kilometres (93 mi) of narrow gauge tracks and all of the standard gauge tracks are electrified.[1] Relatively inexpensive elevated Light Rail Transit systems are used in some cities, such as Kuala Lumpur.[3]

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