Saturday, August 14, 2010

KTM Electric Train Service (ETS) for Seremban - Ipoh

The Electric Train Services (ETS) started its commercial run on 12th August with 10 trips between Ipoh and Seremban with a six-month promotion rate of RM30 one way. A 40% discount would be given to children under 12, the physically-challenged and senior citizens. It would take only two hours from Ipoh to KL at an average speed of 110kph and up to a maximum of 160 kph.

The each 350-passenger coach would have disabled-friendly features, closed-circuit television cameras for passenger safety, overhead compartments, a food and beverage section and WiFi connections coming soon.

The ETS will stop in Batu Gajah, Kampar, Tanjung Malim, Kuala Lumpur, KL Sentral. Bandar Tasik Selatan and Nilai on its Ipoh-Seremban route. The journey will begin at 4am from Ipoh and 9.59am from Seremban.

Five trains will depart from Ipoh and Seremban daily. This will be increased to eight runs each in November.

RM30 per person per trip actually not that affordable given that it is a public transport. No doubt it's of environmental friendly. I believe the fare should be slightly lower to encourage more public to use it. If you calculate the cost, a family of 4 person have to spend RM120 per trip up to Ipoh. No so cost effective if compared to driving own car.

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