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KTM to offer 20 per cent discount on tickets from April 1 M'sia News


PUTRAJAYA: Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Bhd is offering 20 per cent discount on all types of tickets from April 1.
 
In announcing this, Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the offer was exclusively for Malaysian commuters.
 
“Commuters can enjoy this discount for a year before it is reviewed by the ministry to study the effectiveness in increasing the number of passengers.
 
“This offer is on top of the the current 20 per cent discount given by KTM for cashless commuters or commuters who uses Touch ‘n Go or other cards,” he told reporters after chairing the ministry’s post-cabinet meeting.
 
He hoped the move will ease the high cost of living faced by the people and encourage more people to use public transportation.
 
This discount covers tickets for train services across five KTM routes mainly Pandang Rengas to Butterworth, Butterworth to Padang Besar, Seremban to Batu Caves, Sungai Gadut to Tampin, he said.
 
He said the decision, which was approved by the Cabinet today, was expected to benefit some 94,000 passengers currently using train services daily
 
“We hope this measure is also hoped to boost ridership and increase the number of passengers to 120,000 people daily.
 
“We know many people do not use the train because of the long waiting hours but we hope this discount will boost ridership,” he said, adding the government was also mulling introducing a phone application soon to help passengers in planning their journey.
 
This initiative to give discount would result in Railway Assets Corporation (RAC) paying up to RM43 million a year, to bear the cost of the discount.
 
On a question on improving transportation in Semenyih, he said the ministry would increase the number of feeder buses from housing areas in Semenyih to the Kajang station, to improve connectivity of those residing in that area.

Source : New Straits Times  21 Feb 2019
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