KUALA TERENGGANU, July 25 (Bernama) -- Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) and State Railway of Thailand (SRT) have agreed that their annual joint conference is a useful forum for exchanging experience and discussing issues of mutual concern to consolidate cooperation.
KTMB and SRT, which met for a three-day joint conference since Monday in Kijal, Kemaman, also discussed several pertinent issues, including the streamlining of freight traffic information for both countries via the freight online system, progress on SRT restructuring and KTMB's public service obligations to the masses in the East Coast.
A joint statement issued said that SRT would organise a study tour comprising its personnel and media representatives to Malaysia to learn about the future direction and railway policies in Malaysia which could be subsequently applied by SRT.
The statement also highlighted KTMB managing director Datuk Mohd Salleh Abdullah's opening speech which stressed on the importance of further improving the landbridge service currently operating between Malaysia and Thailand.
"The success of landbridge operations will pave the way and set a pace for the successful collaboration and operation of the countries connected by the Singapore-Kunming Rail Link," he said.
The next joint conference will take place in Thailand in 2008.
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Posted: 25/09/2007 5:36 pm Post subject: แม้แต่กระบอกเสียงรัฐบาลก็บ่นเรื่อง KL Kommuter
Commuter service on the decline?
Bernama September 25, 2007 09:57 AM
Commuter Train Passengers Hope To See Better Days Ahead
A Special Report By Syed Azwan Syed Ali
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Bernama) -- In 1995, the commuter train service was introduced in the Klang Valley and it attracted 2.81 million passengers in its inaugural year.
The commuter train has been well received ever since by the public with the passenger load recording a remarkable increase of 293.8 percent or 11.09 million passengers a year later (1996). And the figure in the following years recorded a consistent year-to-year growth.
The commuter service was once seen as a benchmark of the nation's public transportation nexus in line with the nation's aspiration to emerge as a developed nation by 2020.
The commuter train was seen as a viable alternative public transport along with taxis, buses, LRT and monorail to get from place to place in the Klang Valley.
Now, after 12 years, statistics provided by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB), the railway corporation that operates the commuter train service, indicate 34.97 million passengers used the trains last year. This is a commendable figure because the people in the Klang Valley are spoilt for choice with the many public transportation modes available.
The commuter train service in fact extends to Seremban, Port Klang and Rawang.
COMMUTER SERVICE ON THE DECLINE
Nevertheless, over the years, the commuter service has been marred by trains breaking down more than often and failing to keep up with schedule and this to some extend had eroded the public confidence on this service.
"I'm disappointed the commuter service is no longer what it used to be and now commuters like me are in a dilemma, yet we still have to use the commuter service as we have no choice," said a commuter passenger, Mehtar Abdul Hamid when met by Bernama at the Seremban Commuter Station, recently.
The writer's watch indicated 6.40 am, but hundreds of people from Seremban including Mehtar, 49, have boarded the commuter train heading to the capital city, that left the station five minutes later.
"I have been depending on the commuter service since the last four years but the situation remains the same, the trains still fail to keep up with the schedule. The same goes to the commuter express service.
"At times the train is there, at times not there. This causes anxiety," he said looking worried while waiting for the commuter train.
Mehtar is one of the more than 4,000 Seremban residents who depend on the commuter train to commute daily between Seremban and Kuala Lumpur.
Mehtar said he opted for the commuter to avoid the congested roads and cut traveling cost.
"The rise in the standard of living and the cost factor also plays a role. If I take my car, I have to spend RM40 daily for fuel, toll and parking charges but with the commuter service I only need to fork out RM6," he said pointing at the figure stated on the commuter ticket for a one-way journey from Seremban to KL Sentral.
A survey conducted by BERNAMA since a year ago revealed that KTM has made improvements on the infrastructure like extending the canopy at almost all the 45 commuter stations, other than facilities for the disabled and the installation of CCTV at several main commuter stations.
However, the commuters are of the opinion that there is still room for improvement especially in keeping up with the schedule. Delays during peak period create packed coaches.
STEPS MUST BE TAKEN
Alvin Fan from Kuala Lumpur in his email to Bernama mentioned that there was not much changes though the government has announced several steps to enhance the quality of commuter train service.
"I am disappointed that till today KTM is left out in the equation and we are talking about getting more people to change their mind to use public transport instead. I hope to see serious government intervention to improve this area.
"It is not the beautiful buildings and transport structure we built that we will be remembered. But the service offered! The comfort for passengers is what matters," he said.
The Fellow with Malaysian Institute of Transportation (MITRANS) Shahrin Nasir said any public transportation system depends on two factors - reliability and safety.
"The two factors will return public confidence on public transportation," he said.
MORE EXPECTED TO USE COMMUTER
Since the hike of 30 sen per liter in petrol prices February last year, the public have been encouraged to use public transport.
Now, more than 450,000 people use the commuter, LRT and Monorail daily in Klang Valley.
Industry analysts consider several factors including the rise in prices of necessities since the salary revision for public servants in July being the reason why more and more people opt for the public transport.
Welcoming the RM12 billion allocation to enhance the quality of public transportation in Kuala Lumpur and Penang announced during the 2008 Budget, many are of the opinion that the government should help KTMB in improving the commuter service, which is part of the transportation nexus in the Klang Valley.
Posted: 06/10/2007 7:58 pm Post subject: รถด่วนสิงคโปร์ - อิโปห์ สำหรับ Visit malaisya Year 2007
KTMB Introduces Ipoh-Singapore-Ipoh Express Train Service
-- BERNAMA October 05, 2007 21:21 PM
IPOH, Oct 5 (Bernama) -- Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) today launched an express train service between Ipoh and Singapore as part of the Visit Malaysia Year promotion and to provide an additional transport facility for the coming festive season.
Its Inter-City Services general manager, Sarbini Tijan said with the new service, passengers from the north going to Singapore or vice versa would no longer have to change trains at the KL Sentral station in Kuala Lumpur to reach their destinations.
"Two trains will ply this new route and we hope it will help boost tourism in the northern states and Cameron Highlands in Pahang," he told reporters at the launch of the Ipoh-Singapore-Ipoh Express Rakyat train service by Perak Tourism Action Council general manager Rahmat Ithnin at the Ipoh railway station here.
Ticket prices are RM100 for first class and RM48 second class. The service will be available daily until Oct 22 with stops at Kampar, Slim River, Tanjung Malim and Rawang.
"After Oct 22, the train service will only be available on Saturday and Sunday. Daily services will resume from Nov 7 in conjunction with the Chinese New Year," added Sarbini.
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