Commuters welcome resumption of KTM train service between JB and Woodlands
Ms Elaine Ng, 33, who stayed up past 3am on June 13 to secure tickets to JB the moment they went on sale, said she prefers taking the train because it beats getting stuck in a road traffic jam on the Causeway."With tickets bought in advance, we just have to arrive before boarding time and we are guaranteed a seat," she said.
Also known as the Tebrau Shuttle, the train service was suspended on March 24, 2020, to curb the spread of Covid-19.The ticket costs $5 for a trip from Woodlands to JB, and RM5 (S$1.60) from JB to Woodlands. They are sold about a month in advance.according to the KTM website.
KTM train service between JB and Woodlands restarts on Sunday
KTM train service between JB and Woodlands restarts on Sunday
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Its resumption was welcomed by commuters, who said travelling by train is faster and more convenient than taking a bus or going by car. Ms Elaine Ng, 33, who stayed up past 3am on June 13 to secure tickets to JB the moment they went on sale, said she prefers taking the train because it beats getting stuck in a road traffic jam on the Causeway. It was suspended from March 24, 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. "When I went to JB by bus last month on a Saturday morning, it took about three hours for me to get there because of how busy it was," said Ms Ng, who is a logistics manager. Datuk Seri Wee said there will be 31 trips daily, of which 18 trips are from Johor Baru Sentral to Woodlands, while the remaining 13 are from Woodlands to Johor Baru. Another commuter, 44-year-old healthcare worker Stephanie Lee, said a perk of taking the train was not having to wake up early in the morning to beat the crowd at the Woodlands checkpoint. "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. "With tickets bought in advance, we just have to arrive before boarding time and we are guaranteed a seat," she said. “We are targeting 7,000 passengers to be able to use this service daily when it is fully operational,” he added.
Ms Lee added that immigration clearance is also faster as the passport is stamped by both Singapore and Malaysian officers before commuters board the train.60) per person for a one-way trip from Johor, and S$5 from the Singapore side.60) per person for a one-way trip from Johor, and S$5 from the Singapore side. "So it saves time from having to go through immigration twice (which happens when) you take a bus," she said. Also known as the Tebrau Shuttle, the train service was suspended on March 24, 2020, to curb the spread of Covid-19. "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. It now runs 31 trips daily - with 18 from JB Sentral to Woodlands and 13 from Woodlands to JB Sentral. "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. Each trip is about five minutes. Dr Wee added that KTM had also conducted a dry run on June 14 to ensure that the train service was safe. “It can help the state to reduce traffic congestion, ticket sales for one month alone reached 70,000 so (we can see) that there is a high demand,” he added.
Trains to JB run from 8.30am to 11. This clearly shows that people really look forward to using this service again," said Datuk Onn. This clearly shows that people really look forward to using this service again," said Datuk Onn.45pm, while those to Woodlands run from 5am to 10.45pm. "We hope that this will contribute to reducing the traffic congestion," he said, adding that he has similar hopes for the ongoing Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link (RTS Link) project at Bukit Chagar. Around 7,000 passengers are expected to use the service daily, with trip capacity at 320 passengers. More On This Topic. There are 31 Tebrau Shuttle trips between JB Sentral and Woodlands daily, with 18 from JB Sentral to Woodlands and 13 from Woodlands to JB Sentral.
The ticket costs $5 for a trip from Woodlands to JB, and RM5 (S$1.60) from JB to Woodlands. They are sold about a month in advance. In comparison, the cross-border bus services run by SMRT and Transtar Travel cost about $2. Tickets for popular time slots around the weekends, like Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, according to the KTM website.45pm.
More On This Topic JB-Woodlands train tickets for weekend peak sold out as service restarts from Sunday When The Straits Times arrived at the Woodlands Train Checkpoint around 9am, there was a line of about 50 commuters waiting to board the 9.45am train. Among them was Mr Tay Kai Xian, a 26-year-old financial risk consultant, who was visiting Malaysia for the first time since the pandemic. "It's more convenient now as we don't have to carry physical tickets with us. We only need to show our passports to board the train," he said.
Those who had taken the train previously said it has been refurbished and looks cleaner than before. Ms S. H. Wan, 32, an accountant who returned to Singapore after visiting her family in JB, said:"The train looks new and I felt very comfortable in it." She added:"Though almost all the seats were occupied, it's still much less crowded than taking the bus.
" Mr S. T. Liang, a 42-year-old project manager in the gaming industry, said his train to Woodlands was delayed for about 25 to 30 minutes. "Our train was supposed to depart at 10am but we were told that there were some technical issues. It surprised me because today is the first day the train service is resuming, so everything should run smoothly.
The train service runs 31 trips daily - with 18 from JB Sentral to Woodlands and 13 from Woodlands to JB Sentral. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO "We have kids with us, so it was slightly inconvenient, but other than that, immigration processes were very smooth." Many commuters told ST that they will make more frequent trips to Malaysia now that the train service has restarted. Ms Nuraishah Hamza, 37, who used to go to JB once a month before the pandemic, said she might resume doing so. "It's very convenient - we can skip the snaking queues to cross the Causeway and immigration (clearance) is also faster," said Ms Hamza, who is a civil servant.
"A shopping trip or staycation is just a train ride away." More On This Topic .