Finally! The Electric Train Has Arrived

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The much awaited Electric Train plying between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur has finally pulled into the Ipoh’s Railway Station. KTMB subsidiary Electric Train Services Sdn Bhd (ETS) which held a familiarization trip for VIP’s, the media and guests two days before their official launch on August 12, received an overwhelming number of day trippers that a second train had to be called in to cater to all.

The round trip from Ipoh Railway Station to Kuala Lumpur started at 10:00 AM and had passengers back in Ipoh by 4:00 PM the same afternoon with lunch served on the platform of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.

All of the passengers when interviewed commented that the ride was comfortable with most saying they had an afternoon nap before arriving in Ipoh.

Their only lament was the ‘high’ promotional price of RM30 per person explaining that a couple taking a round trip to KL would have to fork out RM120 when compared to a round trip to KL by bus which costs around RM80.

Dr. Aminuddin Adnan, ETS CEO said that the company would review the fare toward the end of the promotional 6 month period and announced that children under 12 years of age, the handicapped and senior citizens would be eligible for a 40% discount, while students get 20% discount.

Regarding the ticketing system which Ipohites had complained of being slow especially during peak periods Aminuddin stated that an improved ticketing system would be implemented for ETS this month. The new system would enable customers to book their tickets online and was eligible for discounts similar to budget airlines.

Aminuddin also stated ETS would review the demand for the service before adding additional trips. ETS had originally scheduled 16 return trips per day but subsequently reduced the number to 10 per day.

There will be four return trips to Kuala Lumpur and one right up to Seremban daily. Two of them are express services which leaves Ipoh at 4:00 AM and 2:00 PM with a travelling time between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur of one hour and 50 minutes. The 2:00 PM train goes up to Seremban. The express services from KL Sentral are at 6:20 AM, and 6:48 PM.

The three transit services from Ipoh are scheduled at 5:30 AM, 11:15 AM and 6:30 PM; from KL Sentral at 8:30 AM, 2:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Travelling time is two hours and 15 minutes.

JAG

3 thoughts on “Finally! The Electric Train Has Arrived

  1. In order for bullet trains to operate, the rail tracks must be widened first. The government was advised by many parties to do this but they were ignored and the standard meter gauge tracks was built. The current 1,000 mm rail tracks can take a maximum speed of 160 km/h.

    The high-speed ERL train service uses 1,390 mm rail tracks which allowed it to go beyond 160 km/h. When does anyone suppose the government will spend more millions to rebuild the almost new tracks?

    It is impossible for someone to stay in Ipoh and commute to KL for work everyday because it is just too expensive. Even at the current ‘promotional’ ticket price of RM30/way, someone working 20 days/month will have to pay RM1,200/month. After the promotional period, the fare will be RM35/way. It will cost more when the ticket price is raised. It was reported that ETS actually asked to charge RM50/way. Once in KL, unless the person works near the train station, he/she will have to pay for public transport to travel to his/her office.

    Staying in KL is cheaper and less tiring than commuting by train. In Japan, most people can’t afford the room/house rent in Tokyo. So they stay outside Tokyo and commute by train everyday. Not so in KL. Almost everyone can afford to rent a room/house in KL.

  2. It’s nice to learn about this Ipoh-KL Electric Train and I just hope one day ( I’m not sure when), Malaysia will have the fast train like the Shinkansen in Japan.

    Imagine you can live in Ipoh but working in KL..returning home the same day.

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