PUTRAJAYA — Feb. 20, 2019: Beginning April 1, Malaysians using the KTM Komuter will enjoy a 20 per cent discount on the fares.
The Cabinet today agreed to a proposal by the transport ministry to help reduce the cost of living of Malaysian commuter users and increase ridership. The initiative will be reviewed annually and will not benefit foreigners.
The discount is expected to reduce the revenue for Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad by RM43 million annually and this will be absorbed by the Railway Assets Corporation.
The discount will benefit some 94,000 commuters daily on five routes — Padang Rengas-Butterworth, Butterworth-Padang Besar, Port Klang-Tanjung Malim, Seremban-Batu Caves and Sungai Gadut-Tampin. Transport Minister Anthony Loke expects the discount to increase the number of passengers by between 120,000 and 130,000 daily.
Malaysians who use the cashless transaction system at commuter stations and are already enjoying a 20 per cent discount will also benefit from the discount decided today, said Loke.
The government decided on the discount since the cost of transportation is the third highest factor contributing to cost of living.
Of late, the number of KTM Komuter users has dropped due to upgrading projects that jeopardised the frequency of trips.
“If the passengers had to wait for 20 minutes previously, now they have to wait for 40 minutes and many have complain about delays,” said Loke.
The ministry also plans to improve the feeder bus services between the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations and residential areas following complaints from people. — Bernama