KLUANG: Malaysians will pay a flat RM5 rate for a one-way trip on Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad's (KTMB) Shuttle Tebrau between Johor Baru and Woodlands, Singapore, says Anthony Loke.
The Transport Minister said the current price for a one-way ticket from Johor Baru to Woodlands, Singapore is RM5, while the ticket for the return trip is S$5 (RM17.30), adding that KTMB had proposed a change to eliminate this difference in fares.
"I welcome the suggestion and will discuss the matter with the Land Public Transport Agency. We hope it can be done by early next year," he said in a press conference after the Johor DAP convention at a restaurant here on Sunday (Dec 10).
"Shuttle Tebrau is used by many, about 10,000 passengers are using the service daily," he said.
Loke said that there was no need for Malaysia to hold discussions with Singapore as KTMB is a Malaysian entity.
On holding discussions with Singapore about continuing operations of Shuttle Tebrau when the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project is completed, Loke said that there was still time for that.
"There are still three years until the RTS Link is completed. We will focus on improving the service first," he said.
On Oct 26, Loke told Parliament that Malaysia would hold discussions with Singapore to continue the Shuttle Tebrau train service when the RTS Link becomes operational.
He said under a previous bilateral agreement, one of the conditions is to cease Shuttle Tebrau operation six months after the RTS Link is completed.