KUALA LUMPUR – Beginning today, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) is increasing the frequency of its Electric Train Service (ETS) from 32 to 39 until Feb 14, to cope with the higher passenger capacity during the Chinese New Year festive season.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said: “There are usually 32 ETS services each day but we have increased it to 39 during this festive season.
“This shows we are concerned over the needs of the consumers. This service which covers the routes to Ipoh, Butterworth, Padang Besar and Gemas will provide comfort and greater safety to the passengers to return to their hometowns.”
He said this at a press conference held after distributing goodies to ETS passengers at the KL Sentral here today, in conjunction with the coming Chinese New Year festive season.
Liow said if the increased service received good response from consumers, KTMB might retain the frequency to give the public more choices.
He said the ETS was gaining popularity among the public as a choice way of travelling to their destinations and the government would continue improving it, via the KTMB.
Meanwhile, KTMB president Datuk Sarbini Tijan, who was also present at the press conference said KTMB would offer discounts of 25 per cent and 30 per cent to ETS passengers during the Chinese New Year period.
He said the 25 per cent discount would be for passengers who used the service from today until Sunday on the Butterworth-KL Sentral route, and from Feb 10 to 14 for the KL Sentral-Butterworth route.
“The 30 per cent discount is given for travel between today until Feb 14, limited to several routes – Butterworth-KL Sentral, Bukit Mertajam-KL Sentral and Nibong Tebal-KL Sentral,” he added.
Sarbini said the discount was a token of appreciation from KTMB to consumers for their continued support in using the ETS. – BERNAMA