Train commuter service is convenient and efficient in so many ways as it reduces travelling time. With this in mind, KTM Komuter has opened a new route from Padang Rengas to Bukit Mertajam. The launching ceremony, to announce its opening, was held at the Padang Rengas railway station on the morning of Saturday, September 3.
It was officiated by Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture who is originally from Padang Rengas. He expressed his gratitude and excitement over the new route which began operations on September 1.
Unlike the usual 30 to 45 minutes’ train ride, the KTM commuter between Padang Rengas and Taiping takes around 13 minutes and the ticket costs RM2.20 one-way. Other routes include Taiping to Kamunting costing RM1. The maximum is between Padang Rengas and Padang Besar. A ride along this route costs RM17.20.
A 50-percent discount is given to children between the ages of four to 12, senior citizens (60 years and above) and the disabled. It is free for children below two years old.
There are a total of 22 back and forth services from Padang Rengas to Bukit Mertajam daily. It is hourly during peak period from 5.30am till 9am and 6pm till 8pm.
“This is a blessing for us all, especially for the residents here and those in Kuala Kangsar. With the new KTM commuter routes and services, they’ll have an impact on the economy and help promote tourism,” said Nazri.
“I like how the Padang Rengas station is positioned. Its backdrop is a corn plantation. The moment you step down from the train you get to witness nature’s beauty,” he enthused.
With the launching of the new KTM service, tourists can move about easily. For instance, if you take the commuter train to Taiping, there will be a Rapid Kamunting bus service to bring you to tourist spots within the town. This is a good start for Visit Perak Year 2017.