KUALA LUMPUR: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad will be providing round-the-clock KTM Komuter train services at four routes over three days beginning Jan 30, in conjunction with Thaipusam.
KTM general manager of operations S. Mahendran said this encompassed 783 services with additional trains on the four routes, namely Port Klang-Batu Caves; Port Klang-KL Sentral-Port Klang; Seremban-Batu Caves-Seremban and Sentul-Batu Caves-Sentul.
These services would facilitate the journey of Hindu devotees and tourists to and from Batu Caves – the focal point of the festival being the Sri Subramaniam Temple, Mahendran told reporters yesterday.
“During the period, the operating hours of the additional trains will extend beyond the normal end-of-service time of 10.50 pm to 5.30 am.
“Even on Jan 31 and Feb 1, which are public holidays for Thaipusam and Federal Territory Day, respectively, the trains will keep to working day schedules instead of the public holiday schedules.
“This allows for the frequency of trips to be every 15 to 20 minutes.” Public holiday schedules are at 30-minute intervals.
KTM expects more than 500,000 passengers to be on the trains during the three-day period.
“We will introduce the cashless payment method and offer free the KTM Komuter Link cards for adults that would have to be topped up with at least RM3.
“Fifty per cent concession fares are offered to senior citizens, the disabled, students and children aged between two and six. Children below two travel for free,” Mahendran added.
He also said that to prevent congestion at the Batu Caves station, passengers were advised to take the shuttle train to Sentul station.
“Then, board a shuttle bus free of charge to the KL Sentral station and continue your journey by train to your destinations,” Mahendran said.
“The shuttle trains will run from 1.14 am on Jan 31 to 11.35 pm on Feb 1,” he said.
“These services are in addition to the normal services.” — Bernama