KTM train service between JB and Woodlands restarts on Sunday

The KTM train service, also known as the Tebrau Shuttle, takes only five minutes to get from Woodlands to JB. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Passengers taking the first train departing Woodlands to JB. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
The trip costs RM5 (S$1.60) per person for a one-way trip from Johor, and S$5 from the Singapore side. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The train service between Johor Bahru and Woodlands has resumed operations on Sunday (June 19), said Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong.

The Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) train service, also known as the Tebrau Shuttle, takes only five minutes to get from Woodlands to Johor Bahru. It was suspended from March 24, 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Datuk Seri Wee said there will be 31 trips daily, of which 18 trips are from Johor Bahru Sentral to Woodlands, while the remaining 13 are from Woodlands to Johor Bahru.

"We expect the service will be able to ferry around 7,000 passengers daily, but for the first week, each trip will be limited to 240 people and will return to its full capacity of 320 passengers per trip next week," he said when met by reporters after the flag-off ceremony of the train service at JB Sentral.

"The train frequency is one trip every 30 minutes for RM5 (S$1.60) per person for a one-way trip from Johor, and S$5 from the Singapore side."

Mr Wee explained that the limitation was due to giving KTM a chance to match the service between MySejahtera and MyICA applications.

"We have made improvements, such as requiring passengers to use their passports as their boarding tickets and limiting each passenger to a maximum of four tickets.

"One of the issues that KTM faced previously were train ticket touts, where they would buy tickets in bulk and resell them at a higher price," he said.

Dr Wee added that KTM had also conducted a dry run on June 14 to ensure that the train service was safe.

The KTM train service was suspended from March 24, 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Meanwhile, Johor Menteri Besar Onn Hafiz Ghazi expressed hopes that the resumption of the train service will help reduce the traffic congestion at the Causeway.

"I was informed that more than 70,000 tickets have been sold for the first month of the Tebrau shuttle service. This clearly shows that people really look forward to using this service again," said Datuk Onn.

He added that this is a historic moment, as the service was suspended two years ago.

"We hope that this will contribute to reducing the traffic congestion," he said, adding that he has similar hopes for the ongoing Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link project at Bukit Chagar.

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