Kit Siang, meter gauge is enough for the time being.

Kit Siang's Blog Screenshot
Kit Siang’s Blog Screenshot

Kit Siang’s attitude (via a post published on his official blog) towards Malaysian Electrified Double Tracking Project (EDTP) is skeptical. According to the post, it is not justifiable to spend about RM 9 billion on the project simply because our trains run on meter gauge rails and cannot move as fast as the ones on standard gauge rails.

His argument on inability of trains to move fast along meter gauge is flawed. He might forget about the terrain nature of Malaysia which prohibits the usage of standard gauge rails, especially around hilly areas. He might also overlooked the fact that turning the whole inter-city railroad service from narrow gauge to standard gauge is extremely expensive, especially this will also include the exorbitant cost of modifying, if not replacing our current narrow-gauge rolling stock.

He might also forget the fact that our trains also run through the border to Thailand, which also uses meter gauge. Changing to standard gauge will adversely affect our freight services, which accounts a significant portion of revenue to our national railway company, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) [2]. Of note, meter gauge has been here for a long time and it is a de facto standard for Southeast Asia railway network. Decision to change our railroad system (which is currently connected to neighboring countries) cannot be made single-handedly. Easier said than done.

The standard-gauge-run Acela Express, the only high-speed train service in the United States has an awesome top speed, which stands at 240 km/h. However, its average speed is only at 110 km/h due to local regulations in some stretches of its route and also due to geographical and infrastructure limitations. High speed trains are possible if the railroads are made away from general population due to high noise produced. Given our current layout, which often crosses cities and villages, it is not feasible to have such a high speed rail network as an alternative to EDTP.

Malaysia is paving its way towards better railroad service. With the introduction of double-tracked railway between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur, a new KTM service called ETS (Electric Train Services) was introduced, offering a premium service with comfy fleet of trains with various amenities. The service might not be as perfect as the ones offered in some other countries but we need to be aware that we are paving our way towards betterment. ETS has top speed of 140 km/h and offers only two-hour journey between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh (non-stop). This is actually faster than cars (did I mention it is safer?).

Let us not forget that we HAVE ALREADY BEEN USING STANDARD GAUGE in our newer rail systems, such as LRT (both Ampang and Kelana Jaya Line) and KLIA Ekspres. The reason why we stick to meter gauge for inter-city rail system is due to the integration of our freight and passenger services to neighboring countries. Therefore, we can see that the current administration is able to realize the benefits of having standard gauge railways for speed and stability.

The EDTP project might have its flaws but by simply complaining without even care to seek solution is worse. Reading their comments about. This is most probably not written by Kit Siang but I write this response because the post resembles his viewpoint, unless he states otherwise. The current government is not perfect at all but that does not indicate everything they are doing is wrong. Consider doing some homework before complaining (and not giving specific solutions).

 

Footnotes

  1. Inter-city rail service in Malaysia uses 1-meter long narrow gauge while most other parts in the world
  2. KTM Berhad depends a lot on freight services to ensure its sustainability in business. KTM Intercity service is best known for their extremely cheap rates. This does not simply happen because KTM is generous. It is a company. It spends money on maintaining trains and stations and it needs every cent of them, be it from government’s initiative or fare collection from its users. Since the fare system barely gives them profit, they need KTM Freight to survive.

KL Sentral is failing?

KTM Komuter Platform Area (KL Sentral)
KTM Komuter Platform Area (KL Sentral)

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

Tempahan tiket ETS secara dalam talian (online)

ETS Ticket Available Online (photo by KTM Berhad)
ETS Ticket Available Online (photo by KTM Berhad)

Berita baik untuk semua pengguna ETS! Kini, anda boleh membeli tiket ETS secara dalam talian (online) melalui laman e-Ticket KTMB.

Sila klik sini (Panduan dalam bahasa inggeris) untuk panduan membuat tempahan tiket ETS anda secara online melalui sistem e-Ticket KTMB.

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

Track derailment leaves southbound KTM Intercity services affected

KTM Berhad Logo
KTM Berhad Logo

Recently, a track derailment has caused several KTM Intercity services to be disrupted. Following is the quote from The Star Online website:

The Ekpres Sinaran Selatan No. 13 (Sentral KL-Woodlands) and Shuttle No. 61 (Gemas- Woodlands) train services remain cancelled as to repair the tracks following a derailment in Johor are expected to be completed only on Thursday, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) said Sunday.

However, a check performed on KTMB Official website reveals no direct information regarding the incident. We will check with local media for more updates.

 

LANDASAN Service Disruption info box

Date of incident January 26th 2013
Service(s) affected SS13 – Ekspres Sinaran Selatan
SH61 – Shuttle Gemas – Woodlands
Repair due by January 31st 2013
Regular service availability February 1st 2013 (estimated, no official information yet)

 

 

Sources

  1. Six injured in Johor Baru train derailment (The Star Online) link
  2. KTMB: Track repairs following train derailment to be completed Thursday (The Star Online) link

Membeli tiket keretapi KTMB secara online

Logo KTM Berhad
Logo KTM Berhad

Anda kini boleh membeli tiket KTMB secara online sekarang. Laman e-ticket KTMB yang dahulunya ditutup selama beberapa bulan kini sudah boleh diakses.

Untuk maklumat lanjut berkenaan laman e-ticket KTMB anda boleh merujuk panduan pembelian e-ticket di sini.

[LDSN News] LANDASAN QuickAccess: One table, plethora of information

LDSN QuickAccess
LDSN QuickAccess

Introducing our new feature, LANDASAN QuickAccess! It enables you to reach LANDASAN’s popular pages faster and also displays schedule and fares.

We believe that our visitors, especially tourists, can make full use of this feature.

We have also updated most of RapidKL service and reduced dependency on external links. We did some cleanup on the articles as well to improve your reading experience.

As for KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit, we will improve the accessibility of the two services in the future. We would also apply this update to LANDASAN [ms] within the next few weeks.

We are travelers too, and we look forward to provide the best information to our customers.

 

Regards,

LANDASAN

KTMB New Website

[November 13th 2012] KTM Berhad has changed their website design quite a number of times this year. Access time has improved throughout the years but it is still not as user friendly as some other transport service websites.

Six yellow boxes link to the most commonly visited link in the website. This is a nice addition with the new version.

Of another note, if you need a guide on using KTMB e-Ticket, visit this page for more information.

KTMB E-Ticket Booking Guide

Kemas kini (Update) 2018: Klik sini untuk panduan terbaru tempahan tiket KTMB secara dalam talian (online).

First and foremost, log on to KTMB e-Ticket website (https://intranet.ktmb.com.my/e-ticket/login.aspx). Then proceed with the steps below.

1. When you open KTMB E-Ticket website, you will see the above screenshot.

(Click more to see the complete guide)

Teruskan membaca “KTMB E-Ticket Booking Guide”