PADANG BESAR – Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad has raised from six to 28 its daily
electric commuter train service trips between Butterworth and Padang Besar since
July 1 due to encouraging response from the public.
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 also said that KTMB allowed the passengers to bring along bicycles onto
the trains free of charge.
“This is one of the measures of KTMB to make its services people-friendly in
keeping with a suggestion by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak,” he told
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.
“KTMB will continuously improve the commuter service for the comfort of
passengers in the northern corridor,” he said.