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Not a very good note to start this thread with but hope KL Monorail and ERL would come into an agreement with TnG ;)



One-card system for public transport stalled

BY LEONG SHEN-LI


PETALING JAYA: The Government spent RM10mil to set up electronic fare-card readers at KTM Komuter, monorail and Express Rail Link stations to allow commuters to use Touch 'n Go fare-cards on all systems. This was to make public transport in the Klang Valley more efficient.

But one-and-a-half years later, the fare-card readers remain idle because the rail operators and Rangkaian Segar Sdn Bhd, which runs the Touch 'n Go system, are still wrangling over the commission rate.

Sources said Rangkaian Segar wants 2.5%, while the rail operators were prepared to pay less than 2%.

This disagreement, they added, had resulted in the operators holding back implementation of the system.

“The system is ready. All that is needed is for the operators to agree and the cards can be accepted immediately,” the sources said.

However, there are indications that KTM Komuter is likely to adopt the system in July although KTM Bhd is still unhappy with the commission issue and will continue to push for a lower rate.

Under the common ticketing system, all public transport systems in the Klang Valley are to accept Touch 'n Go cards, allowing commuters to hop from one system to another without needing to buy new tickets.

Currently, KTM Komuter, KL Monorail, KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit, which carry a total of about 150,000 passengers a day, do not accept the cards, but the two light rail transit systems – Putraline and Starline – do
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Public transport operators have been reluctant to accept Rangkaian Segar's rate, saying the high commission will eat into their already narrow profit margins.

Rangkaian Segar, they argue, should recognise that public transport operators are not profit-oriented, unlike operators of privatised expressways, and should adjust the commission rate accordingly.

“However, Rangkaian Segar looks unlikely to budge on this matter,” a source said.

According to the sources, the operators have also appealed to the Government to step in but it has been reluctant to intervene directly because commissions are deemed “a commercial matter”.

Nevertheless, the Transport Ministry has organised several meetings between the different parties since the issue surfaced.

The sources said a breakthrough with KTM was finally reached last week.

But KTM was still unhappy with the commission issue and would continue to push for it to be reduced, they said.

Similar breakthroughs were not expected in negotiations with KL Infrastructure Group Bhd, the monorail's operator, and Express Rail Link, which operates the KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit.

“The two seem adamant about standing firm,” said a source.

When contacted, KTM Bhd managing director Datuk Mohd Salleh Abdullah declined to comment on the commission issue, but confirmed that KTM was looking at implementing the Touch 'n Go system in July.
 

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Today's interesting ariticle: :D :D :D


No more excuses, says Chan


BY EDWARD RAJENDRA and ROYCE CHEAH


PORT KLANG: Excuses given by rail operators and the Touch ‘n Go card operator for not launching the fare-card system will not be accepted, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said.

“The parties concerned must resolve the matter right away as it is impeding the country’s vision to have an efficient public transportation system,” he said yesterday.

Chan said the issue should have been resolved much earlier as the infrastructure was already in place.


The minister was commenting on a report in The Star yesterday that KTM Komuter, KL Monorail, KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit still do not accept Touch 'n Go fare-cards despite the Government having set up electronic fare-card readers at KTM Komuter, monorail and Express Rail Link (ERL) stations one-and-a-half years ago.

This is due to disagreement over the commission rates between Touch 'n Go operator Rangkaian Segar, which wants 2.5%, and the rail operators, which are prepared to pay less than 2%.

Chan is perplexed as to why this standoff is dragging on.

“It is not fair to the consumers.

“The Government has spent RM10mil to equip the stations with the electronic fare-card readers, so it's certainly not right if we have companies squabbling over commission rates and stalling our public transport plan,” he said.

Chan was speaking to reporters after witnessing the delivery of the first of 11 locally built economy-class coaches to KTM Berhad, to boost its intercity services, at the ARA Rails Integrated Complex here.


When contacted, Rangkaian Segar Sdn Bhd, said it would continue to work towards a common ticketing system.

Its chief executive officer, Swinder Grewal said it “would be sensitive” to the issue of commission rates in further discussions with the rail operators.

“It is in our interest to have these rail operators (ERL and KL Monorail) join up with us, so we will definitely look into their concerns,” she said, adding that the parties last met in December last year.

ERL chief executive officer Dr Aminuddin Adnan said Rangkaian Segar’s proposed rates were not reasonable.

Dr Adnan said negotiations would come to a standstill if Rangkaian Segar did not come back to them with a reasonable proposal.
 

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Just an introduction to Touch N' Go in case anyone dunno what is it ;) :







MALAYSIA's TOUCH N' GO Contactless Card


The Touch 'n Go is a contactless smartcard,
which has a microchip and antenna embedded in it.
The card stores electronic Ringgit value for fast and easy cashless payment system. It makes frequent payments for tolls and public transportation fares extremely quick and convenient, yet accurate.

When the Ringgit value in the card gets low
with repeated usage, the same Touch 'n Go card
can be reloaded at any Touch 'n Go counter. Better still,
when you apply an auto reload Touch 'n Go card, the Touch 'n Go cards value will top up automatically when the card balance is low.

Touch N' Go had been around for about 10 years and could be used on all Malaysian road & highway tolls (including bridges e.g. Penang Bridge), parking, all Starline LRT stations, Putraline LRT, CityLiner busses and amusement parks.
 

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1. The Standard Card:

To get on, you only need to pay a refundable deposit of RM15 and the stored Riggit values of RM20, RM50, RM100, RM200 and RM500.The same card can be reloaded when the cash value is low or finishes.

Your deposit of RM15 will be refundable when the card is returned to any Touch 'n Go counters in good condition.

This card can only be reloaded using cash at any Touch 'n Go sales counter or any "Lorong Jualan dan tambah nilai" at main toll plaza.


 

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2. Touch 'n Go CashCard


No deposit required to own this Touch 'n Go CashCard. Out right purchase of RM38 and the store ringgit values of RM20, RM50, RM100, RM200 or RM500. The same card can be reloaded when the cash value is low or finishes.

Touch 'n Go CashCard - The card can be reloaded using cash at any Touch 'n Go sales counter or any "Lorong Jualan dan Tambah Nilai" at main toll plaza

 

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3. Touch N' Go Zing Card:

Touch ‘n Go (TnG) cardholders can now look forward to uninterrupted convenience and peace of mind with the new Touch ‘n Go Zing (Zing) card, a new breed of TnG card with an inbuilt auto reload feature. To be issued on a bank-by-bank basis, Zing is available directly through participating banks to their existing and/or new credit card cardholders. It is a 2-card implementation where participating banks will issue a separate Zing linked to the bank’s respective cardholders’ credit card.


Hong Leong Bank's TnG Zing Card - The World’s First Contactless SideCard in Malaysia



The Touch ‘n Go Zing Card is 30% smaller than the conventional normal full size credit card. . It features a modified design small enough to fit on a key ring, offering an ultra-convenient new form that can easily be carried and used at the point of sale. The dual function credit and stored value card features a Touch ‘n Go chip and a magnetic strip on a single card, allowing it to be used both for credit card purchases and at all Touch ‘n Go facilities.
 

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4. Touch N' Go FleetPass



For companies with a fleet of vehicles.......

- With Touch n' Go FleetPass, fraudulent claims can now be avoided as there will no longer be the need for daily cash disbursements or other tedious reconciliation process.

- Have the luxury and ease of using the service first and pay later. Upon receiving the invoice from TnG, you have 14 days to make full payment on your usage.

...and many more features.
 

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5. Commemoraticve TnG Cards:

- Merdeka Commemorative Card by Touch ‘n Go



The card, all individually serialized, has a pre-paid value of RM50 with no deposit value. The front of the card captures the historic moment when the late YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, proclaimed independence. On the reverse side of the card is a quoted by Dato’ Sri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, from his poem “Erti Kemerdekaan”, which was read in August 2000.

For individual clients; the card, encased in a genuine ostrich leather name-card holder come with Touch ‘n Go logo embossed in the inside and etched on the silver plate outside. For corporate clients the name-card holder comes with a silver plate that allows corporate clients to personalize the gift with a corporate branding.
 

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6. Touch N' Go SmartTag



The SmartTAG , is placed on the windscreen using a mounting arm, which can be adjusted according to the angle of the windscreen. When the Touch 'n Go card is fully inserted into the SmartTAG device, the display panel shows the current balance in the Touch 'n Go card and the battery level for a few seconds. Users can fix the SmartTAG device anywhere on the windscreen. However, it works best if placed near the centre of the vehicle windscreen.
 

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Other benefits and features:





- Now Touch 'n Go holders can reload their Touch 'n Go card and check the card balance using BCB ATM. This new facility is available from 12 December 2001 onwards at all BCB ATMs located at PUTRA LRT stations and Rest Service Areas along the PLUS North-South Expressway.








- You can now enjoy the convenience of reloading your Touch ‘n Go card at Maybank and Mayban Finance Kawanku ATMs. This Service is available at selected Kawanku ATMs located in various Maybank and Mayban Finance branches, shopping complexes, petrol stations, LRT stations, 7-Eleven and McDonalds’s outlets nationwide.






Touch 'n Go Itemised Usage Statement



- What is e-Statement?
e-Statement is a comprehensive monthly statement that provides details of your card usage such as date, time, point of entry/exit, amount deducted and reloads deducted and reloads made. Track your trips anytime, anywhere and have unlimited access ONLINE to your e-e-Statement OR get printed copy mailed to you each month.







Touch N' Go Reload in Singapore



- You can now reload your Touch ‘n Go card at Maybank ATMs in Singapore before your trip to Malaysia. With this new service travelling into Malaysia will be more convenient and smoother.
 

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I think it's a Great system...I also think it would make a lota sense to encourage stores to link up to it so that one could theoretically use the card to purchase items rather than carry cash...it'd be a great suplement to credit cards...perhaps even better in a way as you can't overspend....
 

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Yes...there are such plans.....but it seems that either the company which owns TnG is too greedy or that they are not creative enuf. ANyway there is an alternative cashless payment that are accepted in most merchants called MEPS-Cash but unfortunately not many uses it. And the best part is that everyone has it as all our ICs have MEPS-Cash facility built-in and not forgetting all our ATM cards too :D


Anyway I've been enjoying using TnG for our public transport, tolls and carparks nowadays.......so convenient. I just find that the reload channels ain't good and they should improve it :(
 
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