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Noticed that it stopped at Tasik Selatan too ! How they're going to manage it since they only have 2 platforms there ? Ticket inspectors standing by ? But the 6-cars trains will cover the whole length of the station.

I'm not surprised if one of these days those angry mobs tired of waiting there will just gate-crash the ETS transit just to get to KL-Sentral or more realistically some of the commuters will accidentally board it, thinking that finally KTMB has bought more trains for Komuter. (Not everyone read forum/news on transportation btw)



But the pricing scheme is at least smart enough, skewed for long distance travels and discourages short ones.

KL Sentral - BTS = $9.00 ETS
KL Sentral - BTS = $4.20 ERL (at 2 TPH) and I suspect faster
KL Sentral - BTS = $1.00 Komuter (at whatever TPH KTM feels like giving you)
 

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I smell something weird here, it's written "Ipoh-KL in less than 2 hours", but the schedule itself showing that the fastest journey takes 2 hours and 2 mins.
:lol: By KL they mean Kuala Lumpur station right? :lol:
 

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To recap, these are the facilities that they have on board the ETS.

- TV

- Cafeteria

- Disabled friendly toilets and priority seating for them.

- CCTV on all coaches

- Power socket (one for each seat row of 2 passengers)

In future, the service can be extended to Butterworth when Ipoh-Padang Besar EDTP completes.
 

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More ETS trips during Raya
Thursday August 12, 2010
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/8/12/nation/6844101&sec=nation

KUALA LUMPUR: The Electric Train Services (ETS) inter-city trips will be increased during the Raya season if there is demand.

KTM Bhd president Dr Aminuddin Adnan said trips between Ipoh and Seremban would continue but the service could be extended subject to customer demand.

”We can have between eight to 10 trains running daily,” he told reporters during a familiarisation trip from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

He said that five trains would depart from Ipoh and Seremban daily. The ETS begins operating today.

There will be 10 trips between Ipoh and Seremban at RM30 for a one-way journey.

Dr Aminuddin said the promotion rate of RM30 one-way could be permanent depending on market demand.

“RM30 is a very competitive price based on the services and travelling speed of the train,” he said.

“We will review the price after the six-month promotional period,” he added.

Dr Aminuddin also said ETS would launch its online ticketing services next month to attract more customers.

“Customers will get discounts if they book through the Internet,” he added.

Perak executive council member Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the new train service would be a boon for the tourism industry.
 

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ETS An Alternative Mode Of Transport During Aidilfitri - Kong
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- Malaysians celebrating Aidilfitri in Ipoh have been urged to use the Electric Train Service (ETS) as an alternative mode of transport.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha was confident that ETS which could reach speed of up to 160 km/h would attract the public as it would take only two hours to reach Ipoh.

"I hope the people will use ETS during Aidilfitri, Deepavali, Christmas and Chinese New Year," he said when launching ETS at Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station here Thursday.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) had fixed the promotion ticket at RM30 one-way for the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh trip until February.

Kong said the ticket would be priced at RM45.40 one-way after the promotion period ends.

Discounts would be given to senior citizens, children, the disabled and government retirees.

ETS comes in two types namely Transit and Express service.

Transit will stop at Kuala Lumpur, Rawang, Tanjung Malim, Behrang, Slim River, Sungkai, Tapah Road, Kampar and Batu Gajah before reaching Ipoh.

Express service will stop at Kuala Lumpur, Tanjung Malim, Kampar, Batu Gajah and Ipoh.

Two trains will depart Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station and two will depart Ipoh Station while the other is the Ipoh-Seremban service.

Meanwhile, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) president Dr Aminuddin Adnan said it expects 3,500 people to use ETS daily during the Aidilfitri period.

He said ETS would start with two daily services and would be increased to eight daily depending on demand.

ETS is the first train equipped with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and can save two hours travelling time compared to express buses and inter-city trains.

Each of the six South Korean-made train coaches costing RM48 million can accommodate 350 passengers one-way.

-- BERNAMA
 

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ETS concession fare until next year
By LESTER KONG Friday August 13, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: The Electric Train Services (ETS) RM30 concession fare has been extended to Feb 28, to ensure cheap rides throughout the festive season from Hari Raya to Chinese New Year next year.

“ETS is a much awaited service by the rakyat and they have responded well since Monday,” Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said when launching ETS’ commercial operations yesterday.

With the ETS, passengers can get from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh in just two hours.

The full journey, from Seremban to Ipoh, takes three hours.

Kong said the ministry had also set a maximum limit of 20sen per km to be implemented after the end of the concession period.

“The rates will be raised after the concession period. But maybe not to 20sen per km, maybe only 18sen,” he said.

A one-way trip at 18sen per km from here would cost RM45.40 to Ipoh and RM21.10 to Seremban, Kong estimated.

However, these fares would not take into account a RM4 fee for reservation and air-conditioning.

“There are some additional char*ges but we are studying it. We have not confirmed anything yet,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kong said the proposal to put a co-driver or a chaperone on school buses to prevent children from being victimised had to be studied.

“We can suggest a lot of things but we have to consider the cost and practicality,” he said.

He was commenting on a suggestion by Women, Family and Com*munity Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil last week to have chaperones as a safety measure.

Kong said that a better way was to teach children about the risks to their safety, including sexual harassment.
 

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Electric train service on a roll
By JAGDEV SINGH SIDHU Friday August 13, 2010
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/8/13/business/6849374&sec=business



A new electric train is pictured at the KTM station in Kuala Lumpur.
- Star pic by AZHAR MAHFOF

KTM plans to put company back on profitability track
KUALA LUMPUR: KTM Bhd expects its newly-launched electric trains servicing Ipoh and KL, and later the entire train service along the electrified double tracks, to be profitable. The company is planning a restructure to be more efficient and return to profitability by 2013.

The electric train sets (ETS) that now ply the route are on the books of another government company and not on KTM’s balance sheet. KTM president Dr Aminuddin Adnan said the company was looking at making an operating profit from the Ipoh-KL route once its new fare was accepted.

The ETS service between Ipoh and KL started yesterday and, for the first six months, the fare offered to passengers is at a promotional price of RM30 one way.

“At the moment the KL-Ipoh route is fully booked,’’ he told StarBiz on Wednesday, adding that the KL to Seremban line experienced peak traffic for the commuter service during the rush hours.

KTM has started with 10 return trips daily for its Ipoh-KL service and plans are on the table for the number of return trips to rise to 16.

KTM has proposed that the fare along the journey be raised to 20 sen a km which would then bump up fares to RM50, which it feels is essential for its service to be profitable.

Its proposed fare needs ministerial approval, which has so far not been forthcoming as the Government said it wanted to cap the cost of a ticket to RM30 to encourage usage of trains.

KTM posted a loss of RM118.9mil for its 2008 financial year.

Aminuddin said KTM had ordered 40 new locomotives to cater for the upgraded rail service on completion of the electrified double tracking project. KTM expects to see a bump in revenue and usage of the expanded tracks once the service starts in 2014.

The MMC Corp-Gamuda consortium had won the job for the double tracking and electrification of the 329km Ipoh-Padang Besar stretch for RM12.5bil. Work is 43% complete as at July 2010. The Ipoh-Padang Besar project is expected to be completed at the end of 2013.

Upgrades on other parts of the rail network in Peninsular Malaysia are also being done. Ircon International Ltd has bagged the RM3.45bil Seremban-Gemas electrified double-tracking project which is scheduled for completion in 2012.

The final link for electrification and upgrade is the Gemas-Johor Baru stretch. The cost of that project is reported at RM8bil and has been slotted for completion under the 10th Malaysia Plan. The award of the contract would be given out soon, according to reports.

Once the double tracking routes are opened, KTM will run similar electric train sets between those destinations. Aminuddin said the cost of operations would also be lower with the use of electric train sets and hopes KTM would boost its operating profit once trains along those routes are up and running.

Aminuddin said KTM was seeing an annual growth in traffic of 10% per annum and was expecting that growth rate to increase once electric trains start plying the electrified double tracking route.

He said demand for freight services, which now account for the bulk of KTM’s revenue, along the double tracking project would increase. He said there was huge demand for freight services into Malaysia from southern Thailand.
 

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First day of ETS operation

ETS ticket office at KL Sentral


Platform 2


The journey



Arrive at Ipoh station


ETS ticket office at Ipoh station
 

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^^

There is great deal of interest, especially in Ipoh. Look at this counter at Ipoh station.



Edit : Add video

This is my video on board the ETS from KL to Ipoh.


At 140 km/h.
 

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KTM banks on double tracking
By JAGDEV SINGH SIDHU Saturday August 14, 2010
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/8/14/business/6855667&sec=business

THE next phase of the public transportation upgrade in Malaysia has kicked off with KTM Bhd launching its electric train service between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh. But the biggest challenge for the railway operator is to prove that the electrified double tracking project will not be a white elephant.

KTM, which will undertake a restructuring to return to profitability, is counting on the double tracking project to deliver earnings, and to do so, it is making sure the tracks are well utilised. “This is a good investment by the Government,’’ says KTM president Dr Aminuddin Adnan.

He dispels concerns that the hugely costly project will be a waste, as he says demand for rail services in the country currently exceeds supply. To match the demand, KTM will be ordering 40 more locomotives, both electric and diesel, to meet the increased capacity brought on by the double tracking project from the start of 2014.

The company will be looking at utilising solely electric trains along the electrified tracks, given the lower cost of operations. The diesel locomotives being ordered will be used for the non-electrified portions of the peninsula’s rail network.

The northern section of the double tracking project will be completed by end-2013 and the line to Johor Baru by 2016.

The MMC Corp Bhd-Gamuda Bhd consortium is working on the double tracking and electrification of the 329km Ipoh-Padang Besar stretch for RM12.5bil.

In terms of significant structures along that stretch, the consortium, as of July, has completed 43% of the tunnelling works (the 3.3km Berapit tunnel and 300m Larut tunnel) in Perak, 36% of structural works for new Swing Bridge in Prai, Penang, and 73% of the Bukit Merah viaduct in Perak.

Ircon International Ltd has bagged the RM3.45bil Seremban-Gemas electrified double-tracking project, which is scheduled for completion in 2012.

The final link for electrification and upgrade is the Gemas-Johor Baru stretch. The cost of that package is reported to be RM8bil and it is slated for completion under the 10th Malaysia Plan. The contract will be awarded soon, reports say.

The double tracking project is expected to ferry more passengers along the railway lines of the country, and is off to a good start with the rail service between KL and Ipoh fully booked during the intital stage.

However, industry experts say most of the demand will be concentrated in selected areas closer to the urban centres. “The Ipoh to KL route and the outlying suburban areas should see healthy passenger travel,’’ said a source.

KTM is hoping that with the faster travel offered by the electric train sets (ETS), people will switch from cars, buses and aeroplanes to rail.

One other benefit KTM has in that regard is that train stations in the major stops along the route are located in the centre of town, which makes travelling and access much easier for train passengers.

KTM, which Aminuddin says is seeing an annual traffic growth of 10%, is expecting that rate to increase once it allows other operators to ply its routes. “We are looking to do that so KTM can get more than the 10% growth,’’ he explains.

Currently The Eastern & Oriental Express (E&O) operates an independent train service between Singapore and Bangkok, carrying passengers in luxury on a scenic ride through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. KTM gets a fee for allowing the train to use its tracks.

Another reason why he feels people will make the switch is because of the increasing cost of fuel. With fuel prices expected to increase in the future domestically, Aminuddin hopes people will instead rely on trains for their current transportation needs.

While getting more people on trains would be important, it is essential for KTM to get more freight onto the rail tracks as freight services account for the bulk of the company’s revenue. Revenue from intercity travel and the commuter service, if added together, is however higher.

But industry officials say there is an ready market for freight to be carted along the tracks once the double tracking project is completed. “There is good freight forecast from Port Klang and the inland port at Nilai,’’ says a source.

Its been pointed out that the adoption of “metre gauge” tracks allows for freight trains to continue operating on the new double tracks alongside the passenger-use ETS.

KTMB is said to currently run 37 freight services daily, of which about 70% are concentrated in the northern sector. “There is a ready freight market that will utilise the double track in the northern region as Penang Port is the only available port to Thailand that’s located on the west of the peninsula,’’ says a source.

Upgrades at Penang Port, along with its supporting infrastructure, is being undertaken to add capacity for handling an expected boost in freight once the double tracking project for the northern stretch is completed.

Aminuddin adds that the electrified double tracking project can also draw more cargo into Malaysia from southern Thailand.

The improvements the double tracking project will bring offers KTM an opportunity to return to profitability. That task, however, will be tough to accomplish. But Aminuddin, who says a restructuring exercise is in the pipeline to make the company more efficient and profitable after 2013, believes the lower cost of operating electric trains will help.
 

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Kampar-KL, RM26... compared the bus fare (RM15.10), if concession is over, RM40 is possible... ETS is far more expensive than bus already, I doubt KTMB ability to challenge the express bus in long-haul commuting market. From what I see from the photo, it's second class seat is smaller than express bus VIP seat, from Kampar, still RM 15.10. I don't know the price from Ipoh to KL, but I guess ETS fare is 150% and above of the bus fares. Passengers may rather take Antarabandar than ETS because Antarabandar is RM20 from Kampar to KL in 2nd Class, RM10 in 3rd Class.

Maybe the fare can run lower if passenger demand become stable (I mean every train are fully booked).
 

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If KTMB buy electric locomotives (as suggested in The Star news report), then we can see improvements on antarabandar as well. Imagine coach hauled by electric locomotive...
 

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Kampar-KL, RM26... compared the bus fare (RM15.10), if concession is over, RM40 is possible... ETS is far more expensive than bus already, I doubt KTMB ability to challenge the express bus in long-haul commuting market. From what I see from the photo, it's second class seat is smaller than express bus VIP seat, from Kampar, still RM 15.10. I don't know the price from Ipoh to KL, but I guess ETS fare is 150% and above of the bus fares. Passengers may rather take Antarabandar than ETS because Antarabandar is RM20 from Kampar to KL in 2nd Class, RM10 in 3rd Class.

Maybe the fare can run lower if passenger demand become stable (I mean every train are fully booked).
I think they r trying to profit as much as possible from their ETS line. After Ipoh-Padang Besar line completed, hopefully the will drop their fare to be competitive with bus fare. Coz i dont think rm50-60 for kl-penang trip in ETS is reasonable.
 

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For this ETS service.. Is it possible to book the ticket in advance same like intercity service or you can only buy the tix on the day that u will board the train??
 

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This is true sad. News reports said the 1st ETS trip from KL on launching date just managed to get 10 passengers, while another passenger told the reporter saying that he felt being cheated because the train took 2hr 20 minutes to reach from KL to Ipoh, not 2 hr as promised. Everyone feels that the price is expensive. I would rather hope KTMB replaces all shuttle trains with ETS trains and maintains the fare same as the shuttle train fare.

source of the news report:http://www.guangming.com.my/node/79735
 
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