KUALA LUMPUR: The fare for Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad’s (KTMB) Komuter service will be increased by four sen per kilometre, up to a maximum of RM7.10 per trip for the Tanjung Malim-Sungai Gadut and Batu Caves-Port Klang routes, beginning Dec 2.
KTMB president Lt Col (Rtd) Sarbini Tijan said the new fare hike would be calculated based on the distance travelled by customers.
However, the Komuter fares of routes between Sungai Gadut-Tampin and Kamunting-Gurun would remain unchanged.
“This new fare rate is to cover operating and maintenance costs, which are on the rise every year,” Sarbini told a press conference announcing the new rates at the KL Sentral Station here Monday.
He said in the new fare structure, KTMB would also give a 20 per cent discount for those using the cashless method of payment (Touch ‘n Go), 24 per cent for weekly passes, and 33 per cent for monthly passes.
Primary and secondary school, as well as tertiary education students will also receive a 50 per cent concession in the fare, under the new structure.
KTMB also retains concession fares for senior citizens and people with disabilities, which is 50 per cent of the new cash fare, while children below the age of two will be allowed to ride for free.
Sarbini said the implementation of the new fare structure was based on the approval of the Land Public Transport Commission, and was also approved by the Cabinet.
He said the last adjustment for KTMB’s Komuter fares was done in February 2003.
He said KTMB would also be providing a new automated fare collection system by next year, besides introducing 160km-per-hour electric trains and on-board broadband Wi-Fi connections in the future to serve customers better.
Meanwhile, he said KTMB had activated flood committees in Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang and Kelantan to prepare for the flood season.