New ETS Service to Butterworth and Padang Besar

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) will commence its Electric Train Service (ETS) from Ipoh to Padang Besar, extending the existing service which currently plies from KL Sentral to Ipoh.

There will be two services to be introduced, with two directions each:

  1. Ipoh – Butterworth
  2. Butterworth – Ipoh
  3. Butterworth – Padang Besar
  4. Padang Besar – Butterworth

There is only a limited schedule available and no news yet about addition of more service.

Timetables will be posted soon.

Some sources said KTMB will use Class 91 trains, currently being used for ETS between KL Sentral and Ipoh.

The newer rolling stock is not announced yet by KTMB. They are manufactured by CSR ZhuZhou from China and able to reach speeds up to 160 km/h. In comparison, KTMB Class 91 ETS trainset can only reach 140 km/h.

Update: Click here for ETS Schedule for KL Sentral <-> Padang Besar Route

New 2018 KLIA Transit Train Schedule

Dear visitors, we would like to inform you that all schedules for KLIA Transit have been updated on myjadual.com. Therefore, you can expect to see the updated schedule on the website, which is available in both English and Malay language.

KLIA Ekspres / KLIA Transit klia2 station - 2014-07-15
KLIA Ekspres / KLIA Transit klia2 station – 2014-07-15

MYJadual is the website for you to check public transport schedules. Currently, MYJadual has train schedules for KTM ETS, KTM Intercity, KTM Komuter, KLIA Transit, KLIA Ekspres, RapidKL Bus, RapidKL Ampang / Sri Petaling Line, RapidKL Kelana Jaya Line and KL Monorail.

New 2018 KTMB Train Schedule

Dear visitors, we would like to inform you that all schedules for KTM Intercity, ETS and Komuter Sektor Utara has been updated on myjadual.com. Therefore, you can expect to see the updated 2018 KTMB schedule on the website, which is in both English and Malay languages.

MYJadual is the website for you to check public transport schedules. Currently, MYJadual has train schedules for KTM ETS, KTM Intercity, KTM Komuter, KLIA Transit, KLIA Ekspres, RapidKL Bus, RapidKL Ampang / Sri Petaling Line, RapidKL Kelana Jaya Line and KL Monorail.

KL Sentral is Failing?

KL Sentral was developed to be the iconic intermodal transportation hub for Kuala Lumpur. The early phase of its mega-scale development stage is the KL Sentral station itself. The 700 ft x 515 ft station that opens in 2001 is now facing some of the problems that become a nuisance for commuters and tourists.

One of the problems highlighted is the abundance of stalls selling small items such as souvenirs and headscarves. As long as the stalls are carefully placed around the station that should not be a huge problem. Small stalls can also be seen around other transport hubs such as Port Authority Bus Terminal and Grand Central Station, both located in Manhattan, New York City, United States.

Another problem highlighted is the poor integration of bus system with the station, resulting in inefficient usage and confusion among travelers. As said in my previous article, in order to build a transport hub, we need to have a robust plan, make it future proof and have excellent integration across services.

In general, KL Sentral has already been doing its job greatly as rail transport hub. However, it needs to improve on its way of handing bus and taxi service.

Read more here:

  1. [The Star] – Traffic consultants highlight KL Sentral’s failure as the bus hub for Klang Valley
  2. [The Star] – Commuters have difficulty navigating KL Sentral’s haphazard layout

Author’s Note

  1. Original version published on 4 April 2013

Vision and Mission of KTM ETS

When KTM ETS service was launched, it was operated by a fully-owned subsidiary of KTM Berhad, ET Sdn Bhd. According to the KTMB Chairman at that time, Dr. Aminuddin Adnan, the establishment of ET as a subsidiary of KTMB can create a more conducive environment, better work culture and discipline and role model to KTMB itself.

While ETS now is being operated directly as one of the services provided by KTMB, we think we still should share some of the details about the company when it was established many years ago. Here are the vision and mission of the subsidiary company:

Vision

Work as partners to make ETS a dominant player in the transportation industry by redefining values in commuting.

Mission

ETS will always engage our partners in all the workings and planning of the company to achieve the maximum contribution from the partners.

We will at all times keep the customer confidence by working at the top of our personal and professional performance levels.

We will do our absolute best to provide each and every customer with only the highest integrity, trust, love, teamwork, fun and energy, smile and innovation in providing the best customer service and timeliness on every trip “ABSOLUTELY”.