PETALING JAYA: A new northern KTM Komuter service will run from Butterworth, Penang to Padang Besar, Perlis starting this Friday.
A statement posted on KTM Komuter's Twitter handle (@ktmkomuter) said that the train will stop at 13 stations through Penang, Kedah and Perlis.
It is a 157.8km trip that will take about 105 minutes to complete one-way, the statement added.
The new ride is the second commuter rail service to be launched in north Malaysia.
It comes three months after national train company KTM Berhad (KTMB) launched its Komuter Utara service, linking Kamunting in Perak to Gurun in Kedah.
The new train ride will stop at the following stations (in order):
Butterworth, Bukit Tengah, Bukit Mertajam, Tasik Gelugor, Sungai Petani, Gurun, Kobah, Alor Setar, Anak Bukit, Kodiang, Arau, Bukit Ketri and Padang Besar.
One-way tickets will be priced from RM1 to RM11.40 for adults, with a 50% discount for senior citizens, the disabled and children aged 4 to 12.
The service will initially run with six trips taken a day.
Three of them will depart from Padang Besar for Butterworth at 5.45am, 10.45am and 3.30pm.
The other three will depart from Butterworth for Padang Besar at 8am, 12.50pm and 6.30pm.
The service will be using an Electric Multiple Unit trainset, with three coaches for passengers.
It did not say how many riders it could potentially carry on each run.
However, previous reports suggest that similar trains would have a seating capacity of 185 and enough standing space for 290 people.
The statement also added that the Butterworth-Padang Besar Electric Train Service (ETS) will be discontinued with immediate effect..
For more information, you can check KTMB's website (www.ktmb.com.my), call its hotline at 03-22671200 or view posts on its Twitter handle (@ktmkomuter).