Senawang, Sg Gadut Komuter operate by May

Senawang And Sungai Gadut Komuter Stations Operate In May

Kuala Lumpur, April 23 (Bernama) - The new commuter stations in Senawang and Sungai Gadut, which are part of the Electric Double-Tracking Project (PLBE), will begin operations in mid-May.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) president Dr Aminuddin Adnan said the completion of these stations, located 10 kilometres apart, raised the total number of commuter stations to 53.

"This is the first stage of the PLBE completed and the overall project is expected to be ready by 2014," he told a news conference after the launch of the KTM Komuter Run 2011 by Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin at the KTMB Headquarters here.

The PLBE is a RM3.45 billion project involving 98.116 kilometres along the Seremban-Gemas route spanning Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor.

At the event, KTMB also introduced the 1RM (1 Rakyat Malaysia) ticket system for senior citizens, the disabled and uniformed school students.

Commenting on the 1RM ticket, Dr Aminuddin said the ticket priced at RM1 will be sold to the first 100 customers on the first day of each month at 51 commuter stations.

"Its purpose (introduction of 1RM ticket) is to meet the government's call through the 1Malaysia concept of People First, Performance Now. The one-way ticket will be sold from 6am to 6pm," he said.

The 1RM ticket system is among KTMB's rebranding process, aside from attracting new users to take advantage of facilities provided by the company.

In addition to that, Dr Aminuddin said KTMB will introduce an integrated ticket concept with the installation of Automated Fare Collection (AFC) systems such as that implemented by Rapid KL.

"With the new system, users can move from one transport system to another with ease," he said.

The AFC is currently in the process of designing and its installation is expected to take from 12 to 15 months before full implementation.

He also did not rule out increased ticket prices following the integrated ticket concept.

"We have spent almost RM2 billion on this project, so with improved services we must also revise the fares charged," he added.

Metzelder says: Lets wait for it, but I am more interested in integrated ticket concept that will connect RapidKL and KTM ticket system into seamless one system.

It's has been a long time, we need an efficient ticketing system that leave passenger hassle free in using public transport modes in Klang Valley.