JOHOR BARU: Train services between the city and Singapore should be increased to cope with huge demand as tickets for peak hours are sometimes sold out two weeks in advance.
Senai assemblyman Wong Chu Qi said that the 14 trips by the shuttle Tebrau train was insufficient to handle the large number of passengers using the service during peak hours.
She said presently an average of 70,000 commuters, mainly those working in Singapore, use the service monthly.
“KTM Bhd (KTMB) should look at increasing the shuttle service to at least three times an hour,” she said during a press conference.
She added that KTMB should also add more coaches or use ones without seats as the trip was only five minutes.
Wong said up to 3,902 people used the service in August while the average is 2,300 passengers daily.
She said tickets on the Malaysian side were already sold out two weeks in advance especially for the morning trains during weekdays.
She said that both countries should increase immigration manpower to handle more people if that was an issue to improving the service.
“If there is good train service, people would rather use it instead of wasting money and hours stuck in traffic jams,” she said.
The service was introduced on July1 to ease the morning and evening congestion along the Causeway.
Seven trains leave Woodlands station in Singapore to JB Sentral and seven in the reverse direction, making it a total of 14 trips daily.
The service from JB Sentral starts at 5.30am, with the last train at 10pm while from Woodlands Station, the service begins at 6.30am and ends at 11pm.
The one-way fare from Woodlands costs S$5 (RM15), while the return trip from JB Sentral is priced at RM5.
Each train service can accommodate 320 passengers.
Johor Jaya assemblyman Liow Cai Tung and Pengkalan Rinting assemblyman Cheo Yee How said that there was a need to improve connectivity especially bus services to JB Sentral so that more people can take the train to Singapore.
“We need better connectivity through reliable bus services,” Cheo added.