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Wednesday December 16, 2009

KL-Ipoh train service likely to see 20,000 more passengers per month

More passengers likely for KL-Ipoh route with electric trains

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of passengers using the express train services between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh is expected to go up by between 10,000 and 20,000 per month with the use of electric trains, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

Ong said the train sets which travelled at a maximum speed of 140kph would cut the travelling time between the two cities from the current two hours and 50 minutes to less than two hours.

“The first train has been delivered and four more are expected to be operational from April next year,” he told a press conference after the launching ceremony for the first train here yesterday.

Currently, he said the ridership for the shuttle service between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh, using diesel trains, was 50,000 a month.

Token of thanks: Ong receiving a souvenir from Mohd Zin during the launching of KTM’s new electric train set in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The number is expected to increase to 60,000 to 70,000 per month after the introduction of the electric trains.

Ong said the five train sets with six coaches each cost a total of RM240mil.

They would be used to provide train services between Ipoh and Seremban with an estimated total travel time of below three hours.

On public transport in the Klang Valley, Ong said 12% of commuters were now using public transport.

He said the percentage is expected to grow to 25% by 2012.

“Currently, 240,000 people are using public transport during 7am to 9am daily and the figure will rise to 600,000 people by 2012,” he said.

Earlier in his speech, KTM Bhd chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed said the electric trains which were equipped with closed-circuit television facilities, would also allow passengers to recharge their laptops, mobile phones and iPods on board.

“There will also be disabled-friendly toilets,” he said.

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