KUALA LUMPUR – Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad is targeting two million passengers for its Electric Train Service in 2016 following the introduction of 12 more ETS services this month.
KTM Berhad president Datuk Sarbini Tijan said the new services would raise the ETS passenger capacity to 13,000 per day compared with only 6,000 in 2015.
He said that with the current improvement to the ETS, KTM Berhad was also aiming to reach about 11,000 passengers daily out of the 13,000 seats available.
“The improvement, including in terms of shorter travel time, more comfort, and a variety of other promotions, will increase the ETS passenger capacity,” he told reporters after launching the ETS Northern Sector Platinum at the KL Sentral Station here today.
Also present at the launch were Land Public Transport Commission chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar and KTM Berhad chairman Datuk Nawawi Ahmad.
The KTM-Mobticket application was also launched at the event. The application allows passengers to book their train tickets online. After its introduction in December 2015, the application now has about one million active users.
On Jan 18, KTM Berhad introduced 12 ETS new services, which includes nine Gold Class services for trips to Ipoh and Butterworth, and three Platinum Class services for trips to Butterworth and Padang Besar.
Sarbini said KTM Berhad would undertake various initiatives this year to improve its train services, besides offering promotions during festive seasons.
Asked about security on the trains following the terror attack in Jakarta recently, Sarbini said KTM Berhad had enhanced its security system.
He said it included having security personnel in the guise of passengers in its trains and screening train coaches with the K-9 unit. – BERNAMA