Feasibility study of railroad infrastructure in Borneo?

Our railroad network in peninsular Malaysia has undergone a lot of transformation since the time when it was introduced for the first time in 19th century (Taiping – Kuala Sepetang Line, no longer exists today).

Apart from Electrified Double Tracking Project (EDTP), we have also made significant progress in railroad industry by having our own rolling stock (trainset) assembling plant, operated by CRRC Zhuzhou from China. Apart from job opportunities created, indirectly we are developing our own talents in railroad industry.

(1) The atmosphere is Borneo is a little bit different compared to Peninsular Malaysia. People in Borneo would like to have more autonomy in making decisions for their own state. Landslide victory of Adenan Satem in recent state election has enlightened us on their desire since Adenan is seen as a CM that fights for more autonomy for his people.

(2) Other than having control of their immigration system (it is illegal for non-residents of Sarawak to stay more than 90 days in the state without proper permit), issues were also raised by the CM about non-Sarawakian workforce of a local oil and gas company operating in Sarawak.

What does (1) and (2) has to do with railroad infrastructure? Well, due to (1) and (2), I think it is best if concerned citizens from Sarawak to carry out their own feasibility study of developing railroad infrastructure in the state. In my opinion, railroad enthusiasts from Peninsular will be more than glad to offer any kind of assistance required, subject to restrictions by the democratically-elected state government. Of note, Sabah already has its own railway, owned by its state government.

Industry Players Cheer as Malaysia Decides to Spend More in Rail Development

KUALA LUMPUR – 27 AUGUST 2016:Malaysia has seen positive growth in rail industry for the past few decades and the trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future.

More than RM 30 billion has been spent on rail infrastructure development for the past few years. Among the companies that have benefited from this rapid growth of rail industry including but not limited to:

  • MMC Corp Bhd
  • Gamuda Bhd
  • IJM Corp
  • Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB)
  • Sunway Construction
  • Gadang Holdings Bhd
  • Mudajaya Corp Bhd
  • Ahmad Zaki Resources Bhd
  • Naim Engineering Sdn Bhd
  • UEM Construction Sdn Bhd
  • Apex Communication Sdn Bhd

 

Past projects include LRT line extension for both Kelana Jaya Line and Ampang Line, as well as introduction of KTM Komuter service in additional stations as far as Tampin in the south to Padang Besar in northern Peninsular Malaysia.

Current and future development include LRT 3 line, MRT and also High-Speed Rail linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Source: The Star

New Bus Network for Greater Kuala Lumpur

Effective December 1st 2015, RapidKL has revamped its bus network, dividing the bus network into eight corridors, namely

  1. Ampang Corridor
  2. Sg Besi Corridor
  3. Lebuhraya Persekutuan Corridor
  4. Jalan Ipoh Corridor
  5. Cheras Corridor
  6. Klang Lama Corridor
  7. Damansara Corridor
  8. Jalan Pahang Corridor
RapidKL New Bus Network Announcement
RapidKL New Bus Network Announcement

The announcement came in quite late, considering the number of commuters using the service daily.

More information is available on RapidKL website, which is accessible at www.myrapid.com.my.

Receipt at Touch ‘N Go Lanes

  
If you need to retrieve receipts at toll plazas, then it might be cumbersome for you if you use Touch ‘N Go or Smart Tag regularly.

It is because if you need receipt, you are left with the following options:

  1. Take receipts at cash lanes
  2. Take receipts at Touch ‘N Go reload lanes

Both of these lanes are also used by 1) Customers paying by cash and 2) Customers reloading their Touch ‘N Go cards.

Therefore, presence of automated receipt dispensing machine is really appreciated. As shown in the picture above, there is a machine to dispense receipts at Touch ‘N Go lanes. This one is seen at westbound Batu Tiga toll plaza. No similar lane can be seen at eastbound one though.

We hope highway concessionnaires can come up with at least one of these lanes at major highways soon. It can surely eliminate congestion at cash and reload lanes.

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 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

Electronic Toll Collection at SMART Tunnel beginning 1 Sep 2015

Beginning 1 September 2015, SMART Tunnel will practice electronic toll collection only. By abolishing cash toll collection, the move is to help alleviate traffic problems commonly faced at the tunnel.

  
Similar move can also be seen by AKLEH, which also will abolish cash toll collection at some of its toll plaza.

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