KUALA KANGSAR: The electric train service (ETS) from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar via Ipoh starts today, in time for the festive season.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the twice-daily service would be increased later.
The fare from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar, which takes four hours and 45 minutes, is RM81.
â€œWe have ordered 10 sets of the electric trains, and once all are ready and fit to ply the routes, the frequency will increase.
â€œIn the meantime, to cater for Hari Raya, the trains will service the northern route twice daily,â€ he told reporters after a test run of one of the brand new electric trains from Batu Gajah to here yesterday.
Liow also said there were plans to introduce Klang Valley-like commuter services within certain districts in Perak, citing Kuala Kangsar-Sungai Siput-Ipoh-Kampar as a possible route.
Earlier, Liow visited the RM400mil manufacturing plant for rail transportation, CRRC Rolling Stock Centre Malaysia in Batu Gajah.
â€œThe plant has an annual production capacity of 100 new carriages, and to overhaul and maintain 150 vehicles,â€ he said.