ETS to Padang Besar: Waiting for SPAD Approval

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) is just waiting for confirmation from Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) regarding the new intercity train service linking Ipoh to Padang Besar. The new service, also dubbed as Electric Train Service (ETS), will enable travelers to experience speed of up to 140 km/h during travel between Ipoh and Padang Besar.

The new ETS service will stop and prominent stations such as Butterworth, Alor Setar, Arau and Padang Besar. The fast journey is made possible by the recent completion of electrified double tracking (EDTP) project, which upgraded the rail infrastructure between Ipoh to Padang Besar from single rail to double rail. The upgrade enables fast train travel on both northbound and southbound direction, reducing delays greatly.

As of press time, KTMB has yet to release any pricing information regarding the ETS service.

We will update this site as soon as we get more information about the service.

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

Source: Astro Awani

ETS Service from Ipoh to Padang Besar

KUALA LUMPUR APRIL 20th 2015: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) will start operation in July 2015.

As press time, there is no information yet on fare and schedule. Since Kuala Lumpur – Ipoh route is fairly expensive in comparison with regular KTM Intercity service, the new ETS Ipoh – Padang Besar route is expected to charge similarly hefty price for a ticket.

The first ETS service from Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh commenced operation in August 12th 2010.

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

Source: BH Online

 

GST on Public Transport Services in Malaysia

Effective April 1st 2015, Malaysian Government through Royal Malaysian Customs Department, RMCD (Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia, JKDM) will charge Goods and Services Tax (GST) for most products and services offered.

Question: Will there be any GST charge on public transport services?

Answer: No, there will be no GST incurred on public transport services.

Public transport services in Malaysia include KTM Komuter, ETS, KLIA Transit, KLIA Ekspres, taxi and bus services.

Exception: Air transport services

GST will be charged for the following:

  1. Malaysian carrier, domestic flights
  2. Malaysian carrier, international-bound flights from Malaysia

Foreign carriers are not subjected to GST.

New KL Monorail Trainset by end of December 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, December 17th 2014: RapidKL will add some new four-coach trainset to its existing KL Monorail fleet later this month.

New four-coach RapidKL Monorail Test Train - Picture credit: nst.com.my
New four-coach RapidKL Monorail Test Train – Picture credit: nst.com.my

The new four-coach trainsets have already undergone final testing rounds at the existing KL Monorail line, stopping at every stations. It is expected to reduce congestion commonly seen during peak hours, especially at stations such as Bukit Bintang and Imbi. The current ridership of KL Monorail stands at 72,000 and is expected to double after the new trainsets begin service (source).

Notable features of the new monorail include intercom for communications between passengers and train driver, CCTV on each coach, smoke detectors, top side windows that can be opened during emergency situations and LED station displays.

Near Medan Tuanku station, a new shopping mall has just been opened, which can increase the ridership of KL Monorail even further, considering its proximity with the station.

KTMB e-Ticket Payment via Maybank2u

KTM Berhad (KTMB) has recently enabled passengers to pay for their e-Ticket booking via online banking portal, Maybank2u.

The addition of Maybank2u as the alternative payment method (the other only available payment method is by VISA/Mastercard credit/debit card) is seen to be more secure because users will need to log on to their online banking account and providing Transaction Authorization Code (TAC) for the transaction, on top of the usual username and password combination.

There is no booking fee charged for KTMB e-Ticket booking via this payment method. I have personally tried to use the Maybank2u payment method for my KTM Intercity ticket purchase and it worked perfectly.

For those who are booking their tickets, I would recommend to use Internet Explorer as your browser to ensure maximum compatibility.

Of note, after booking, there is no need to print the KTM Intercity e-Ticket. You can simply show your e-Ticket on your phone/tablet screen to the ticket inspector.

Other than KTM Intercity, e-Ticket is also available for ETS trains.

Long-term Partial Road Closure – Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang

According to announcement by MMC GAMUDA KVMRT (T) SDN BHD’s Twitter (@mrtunderground), some parts of Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang will be closed from December 1st¬†2014 until May 30th 2015. Refer to the below image for information:

141130 Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang Closure
141130 Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang Closure

Image credit: Twitter – @mrtunderground