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

Touch ‘N Go Hub, KL Sentral

Touch 'N Go Hub KL Sentral 2014-09-28 17.52.28
Touch ‘N Go Hub KL Sentral 2014-09-28 17.52.28

Touch ‘N Go has an outlet in KL Sentral for customer service matters. Other than the usual card purchase and reload there, customers can report lost/stolen card and retrieve their balance back.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday: 8:30 AM to 1 PM

Sunday: CLOSED

Update 17 April 2020: The hub at KL Sentral is closed. Please visit their hub in NU Sentral instead.

Touch ‘N Go

Touch ‘N Go is prepaid contactless card service offered by Touch ‘N Go Sdn. Bhd. It is based on PHILIPS’s MiFARE contactless card technology. Under normal usage, Touch ‘N Go cards are designated to last for 10 years (about 64000 transactions).

Usage

When it was first introduced, Touch N’ Go Card usage is limited to expressways users only. During this time, only those who are privileged and travel often can be seen with this card.

Transit

  1. RapidKL
  2. Ampang Line
  3. Kelana Jaya Line
  4. KL Monorail
  5. KTM Komuter

 

Highways

Touch ‘N Go can be used in all major highways in Malaysia.

 

Food

Some food outlets offer Touch ‘N Go payment system.

 

Reload

  • Selected petrol stations (Reload fee RM 0.50)
  • Selected Maybank ATMs (Reload fee: RM 0.50, minimum reload RM 50.00)
  • Selected CIMB ATMs (Reload fee: RM 0.50, minimum reload RM 50.00)
  • Touch ‘N Go Hub (KL Sentral, first floor)
  • Reload lanes at toll plazas (be alert of its operating time, usually not open during nightttime)

Touch ‘N Go Hub, KL Sentral

Touch ‘N Go Hub is a Touch ‘N Go outlet located at KL Sental (first floor). Among the services offered in this outlets are:

  • Purchase – SmartTAG, Touch ‘N Go
  • Reload – Touch ‘N Go
  • Customer service
  • Loss of card report (just fill in the form given and you will get your credit refund mailed to you)
  • General enquiries about Touch ‘N Go

Author’s Note

Source: Touch ‘N Go website, experience.

Power Outlets Onboard Kelana Jaya Line LRT Trains

Apparently, RapidKL’s Kelana Jaya LRT line also have power outlets along the train. Please note that this is a 4-coach train. We believe 2-coach trains should also have this one.

While we are not sure whether passengers can use them or not, we can assure you that it is working. One of the possible uses is to charge dead mobile phones, tablets and bring them back to life. This is definitely useful, especially if you are on your way from KLCC to Kelana Jaya, which takes really long time.

Other than RapidKL Kelana Jaya LRT, KTM Komuter’s Class 92 trains are also equipped with power outlet. For Class 92, it looks like it is more intended for passenger use due to high number of them.

We are not sure yet on availability of power outlets on the following trains:

  • RapidKL Kelana Jaya LRT 2-coach trains
  • RapidKL Monorail
  • RapidKL Ampang Line
  • KLIA Transit / Ekspres
  • KTM Class 81 (KTM Komuter)
  • KTM Class 82 (KTM Komuter)
  • KTM Class 83 (KTM Komuter)
  • KTM Class 92 (KTM Komuter)

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

Up to 15% Discount on KLIA Transit

Some of us may already know that KLIA Transit offers 10% discount on its tickets purchased at its kiosks located at the stations. This is done probably to reduce congestion at its ticket counters. While most users can save from the offer, we found out many of the travelers are not aware of this discount.

Since Maybank has 5% cashback for all retail transactions during the weekends for its Maybank 2 Cards, you can use your American Express card while purchasing your tickets.

If you need latest schedule for KLIA Transit, visit myjadual.com today. The schedule is available in both English and Bahasa Melayu.

KLIA Transit is the regularly-scheduled airport train service from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang to Kuala Lumpur city centre. Its stops include KL Sentral, Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya/Cyberjaya, Salak Tinggi, KLIA and KLIA2.

For more information about KLIA Transit service and fare information, click here.

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:

Image credit: Twitter – @mrtunderground

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.

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.

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 Announcement] e-Ticket System Interruption

This announcement is taken from KTMB Official website:

Dear our valued customer,

We are sorry to inform that e-ticketing system is currently experiencing some difficulties for payment via Maybank2u.Technical expertise are in the midst of restoring the service.

For further information or ticket reservation, please contact;

1. Email : [email protected]

2. Telephone : 1-300-88-5862 ( 7.00 am – 10.00 pm)

We apologize on the inconvenience caused and thanking you for understanding and patience.

Customer Relation Unit, KTM Intercity

 

Source: KTMB Website