Common ticketing for commuters soon


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 20 Jul 2003

BY LEONG SHEN-LI

PETALING JAYA: Bus and train commuters in the Klang Valley will be able to use Touch 'n Go cards on all services under the Government’s common ticketing system (CTS) next year. 

This will be the first time that two light rail transit systems (LRTs), two high-speed rail links, the commuter train and monorail service and buses serving Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding areas will accept a single card for fare payment. 

For the past seven years, commuters have had to buy different tickets for the services. 

Sources said the CTS – which is being implemented by a special group formed under the Treasury – will start off with the KLIA Ekspres by the end of this month. 

The system will then be gradually introduced to the KLIA Transit, Starline LRT service, KTM Komuter, monorail and buses. Currently, the Touch ‘n Go card can only be used on Putraline LRT and Cityliner buses. 

“With its implementation, commuters no longer need to buy different tickets each time they change from one mode of public transport to another,” sources said. 

The process is expected to be completed next year, they added. 

Unlike the push for a common electronic toll collection system for privatised expressways, CTS will not be relying on Touch 'n Go exclusively. 

Besides Touch 'n Go cards, new electronic readers to be installed at the fare-gates of each transport system will also be able to read a yet-to-be launched second card, believed to be backed by Malaysian Electronic Payment Systems Sdn Bhd (MEPS), they said. 

The readers are designed and manufactured locally by Iris Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd. 

“The multi-readers can read two different platforms. The first is the Touch 'n Go platform, which can read Touch 'n Go cards and MyKad, which has Touch 'n Go features built into it. 

“At the same time, it can also read the payment multi-purpose card (PMPC) platform, which is a flagship application of the Government’s Multimedia Super Corridor. The second card will be based on this platform,” the sources said. 

Existing ticketing systems will continue to be used, they added. 

Confirming the implementation of CTS, Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL) chief executive officer Dr Aminuddin Adnan said the new readers are undergoing “stress tests.” Several readers have been installed at fare-gates at the KL City Air Terminal in KL Sentral. 

ERL operates the KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit high-speed trains serving KL International Airport in Sepang. 

“The tests are going very well and I believe the system should be up by the end of this month, or early next month at the latest,” he told The Star

KTM Bhd managing director Mohd Salleh Abdullah also confirmed that the CTS would be implemented for the KTM Komuter service, which operates to Sentul, Rawang, Seremban and Port Klang. 

“We have many more stations compared to the KLIA Ekspres, so implementation will take a little longer. It should be completed next year,” he said, adding that contracts to install the system had already been awarded. 

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd corporate communications manager Katherine Chew said SPNB was currently looking into the implementation aspects of the CTS for its Starline LRT service and its commuters could expect to use Touch 'n Go cards sometime next year.  

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