PADANG BESAR, Jul 7 – Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad has raised from six to 28 its electric commuter train service trips daily between Butterworth and Padang Besar beginning July 1 due to encouraging public response. KTMB president Lt Col (Rtd) Datuk Sarbini Tijan said the 400-passenger three-coach trains were almost always full on each of the 14 trips either way.
He added KTMB allowed the passengers to bring along bicycles onto the trains free of charge. This is one of the measures taken by KTMB to make its services people-friendly in keeping with a suggestion by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, he told Bernama. He said Najib wanted the people in the northern corridor to enjoy facilities similar to those in the Klang Valley.
Sarbini said the people preferred the train service to the bus service because the fare was low, only RM11.40, between Butterworth and Padang Besar and it was safer, faster (90 minutes) and comfortable. He said KTMB will continuously improve the commuter service for the comfort of passengers in the northern corridor. — Bernama