Electric trains give KTM a flood of passengers

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ARAU: There has been more than a threefold increase in Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) train passengers since the electric train service or ETS was introduced in August 2010.

KTMB Holiday and Event Management Unit head, Mohd Noordin Kimi said passenger numbers during weekdays reached 10,000 people compared to about 3,000 prior to the introduction of the ETS.

“On weekends and holidays, the number of passengers using commuter services increased by more than 13,000 people.

“Before, the train was considered as a last resort choice but with the four-star services and infrastructure provided now, it is a more popular mode of transport and demand has increased significantly,” he told reporters today at a Career Day event at Arau railway station.

Mohd Noordin said the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh commuter service was the most used, followed by Butterworth-Padang Besar.

On Aug 15, KTMB had increased its services to 40 times a day compared with 36 times previously between Gemas in Negeri Sembilan and Padang Besar in Perlis to meet public demand, he said.

“KTMB is also collaborating with state governments by organising special services for the success of tourism-oriented programmes,” he added.

Mohd Noordin said the travelling public could now purchase tickets online to travel during the 2017 Chinese New Year festive period, or at the KTMB counter or through its agents.