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TRANSIT says goodbye to 2011 and wishes everyone a happy 2012

The year 2011 has been quite tumultuous for public transport and indeed, for many people in many places throughout the world.

Specifically to public transport, we in Malaysia have seen a number of major changes. Continue reading TRANSIT says goodbye to 2011 and wishes everyone a happy 2012


Over 1,000 passengers stranded at Perak KTMB stations due to bomb hoax

TRANSIT took note of this disturbing article which stated that KTM Intercity and ETS services were temporarily suspended due to a suspected bomb on the railway tracks.

Apparently an anonymous phone call claimed that the bomb was underneath a bridge along the railway tracks.

Service on the railway has now resumed.

Over 1,000 passengers stranded at stations due to false alarm (The Star)
Friday December 2, 2011

TAPAH: More than 1,000 train passengers were stranded at several railway stations after a bomb scare which turned out to be a hoax.

All train services between here and Tanjung Malim were halted after police received an anonymous call claiming there was a bomb beneath a bridge along the railway tracks between Bidor and Tanjung Malim at 1.45am yesterday. Continue reading Over 1,000 passengers stranded at Perak KTMB stations due to bomb hoax

Rail link to Subang Skypark on the way?

TRANSIT took note of this interesting article which suggests that the Malaysian government has approved a project to build a direct railway connection between KL Sentral and Subang Airport/Subang Skypark within 2 years.

Of course, 2 years in planning-speak can actually mean a lot more time – but perhaps this rail line would be in place by 2015? Eventually the rail line will be extended to link up with the KTM mainline at Sg. Buloh.

The extension of the rail line, which would be taking place in two phases, will link the KTM Port Klang rail subdivision to the mainline at Sg. Buloh, first with a service to Subang Skypark and then a second phase linking Subang Skypark to Sg. Buloh.

RM1.5b railway link to Subang airport (Business Times)
By Sharen Kaur
Published: 2011/11/03

Kuala Lumpur: Tan Sri Ravindran Menon’s Subang Skypark Sdn Bhd is believed to have received an offer from the government to undertake a RM1.5 billion project to build a railway line, people familiar with the matter said yesterday. Continue reading Rail link to Subang Skypark on the way?

KTM Update: Another restructuring for KTMB promises to accomplish what earlier restructuring(s) did not

TRANSIT took note of this article which describes plans for another corporate restructuring at KTMB.

It is sad that the Malayan Railway has still not managed to figure out whether it is supposed to be a government agency, corporate entity, or something in between.

TRANSIT remembers earlier corporate restructurings that have happened for KTMB. Well, at least they were started but then they got stalled either because of a lack of government support, an unclear vision, or resistance from workers (among other reasons).

The corporatization of KTM began nearly 2 decades ago but it was never finished. A lack of government funding and deferred maintenance since the corporatization has helped bring KTMB to its knees.

Recently one President of KTMB started an RM1 campaign, promising to take KTMB back to profitability. That campaign died aborning, when the president was quickly replaced (it might have had something to do with his “hybrid” trains).

The most recent KTMB President has talked about restructuring KTMB into a holding company, with various railway service subsidiaries (freight, Komuter, ETS, power systems, maintenance, terminal management, etc). and selling track warrants to other companies interested in providing railway services. He believes that this model will be successful because it has worked in Europe – despite the fact that it has not worked in many European countries and that Malaysia lacks the density that makes railway travel profitable.

We wonder what this latest restructuring will bring for KTMB but we wish to share one important point – KTMB needs to have a clear vision of the kind of transport service provider that it needs to be over the next 10-20 years.

Without that clear vision, this latest restructuring will be as effective as the last ones.

Railway revamp (Star Biz)

Thursday October 27, 2011

PETALING JAYA: KTM Bhd (KTMB) will undergo a two-year corporate restructuring programme to turn around the ailing national rail operator and a consultant will be hired to manage this, according to the Treasury, in its reply to the Auditor-General’s (A-G) report.

The A-G’s report had stated that KTMB posted a loss of RM92.6mil in 2009 compared with RM84.6mil loss in the previous year. Continue reading KTM Update: Another restructuring for KTMB promises to accomplish what earlier restructuring(s) did not

New KTM Komuter trains arrive in Port Klang (Update #2)

  • photos of the 6 Car Set trains on KTMB’s Facebook here http://on.fb.me/nZj99G !
  • Updated with an article from Railway Gazette!

TRANSIT took note of this article, announcing that the first of the new 6-carriage Komuter trains has arrived in Malaysia.

One of the cab-cars of the new KTM Komuter 6-carriage set (SCS). Image courtesy of @VehicleExaminer and posted to ktmrailwayfan.com

Click here for a larger view of the image above.

This train is the first of 6 trains which will arrive over the remainder of this year, and will likely be put into service in late December 2011 or early 2012.

TRANSIT was invited to the arrival ceremony but were unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts. However, we thank KTMB for the invitation.

KTM gets first batch of electric train coaches from China (The Star)
23 September 2011

PORT KLANG: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM) has received the first batch of six electric train coaches from the Transport Ministry.

First batch: Kong (in tie) inspecting one of the electric train coaches in Port Klang Thursday. Image courtesy of The Star.

Its minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the Six-Car-Set (SCS) manufactured by China’s Zhu Zhou Electric Locomotives Co Ltd were shipped from Shanghai Port on Sept 13 and reached Westport at 2am yesterday. Continue reading New KTM Komuter trains arrive in Port Klang (Update #2)

KTM Update: Improved facilities at Komuter stations will help deal with long waits.

TRANSIT took note of this interesting article in which KTMB has announced plans to improve the facilities at KTM Komuter stations, to help commuters deal with the unacceptable wait times that are plaguing the system.

Now, this is something that TRANSIT had been talking about for some time – and ironically, it took a few years to get the plans in place. And probably even more ironic is that by the time everything is done and taken care of, there will be another 20-30 Komuter trains operating – so the facilities may end up going unused.

But in the meantime – let’s learn more about the plans.

KTMB to add new features for wait time and security (The Star)
19 September

KUALA LUMPUR: Plans are in the pipeline for Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) to upgrade its train stations with more facilities to enhance convenience for passengers.

KTMB will also be implementing features to improve commuters’ security in its stations.

KTMB corporate communications senior manager Mohd Fazil Ismail said KTMB would introduce features such as WiFi, fans, LCD screens and mobile phone chargers that would keep commuters occupied during train arrival intervals. Continue reading KTM Update: Improved facilities at Komuter stations will help deal with long waits.

KTMB Update: New Komuter trains to be called “MyKomuter”

TRANSIT took note that KTMB has set up a display at KL Sentral station showcasing the design of the new KTM Komuter train sets, the first of which will arrive on September 25 of this year. The new trains will be branded as “MyKomuter” which is … ok, we won’t comment. Let’s just say that the name is not a surprise (and neither are the 1Malaysia logos on the train).

Now, TRANSIT has already shared some photos of the new Komuter trains – so we will only provide a link to the most recent photos and share a few important ones with you in our post.

A picture showing the seating layout for the new Komuter trains. Note the end carriages have only side facing seats, while the interior carriages have a mixture. Image courtesy of @TWK90

Click here for a larger version of the image above.

For one thing, it seems that there may be some confusion over the layout of the seats in the trains. So for the record:

  • The 2 “end” carriages do not have front/back facing seats – they only have side-facing seats
  • The 4 “inside” carriages have a mix of front/back facing and side-facing seats.

Also worth mentioning about the train are the following details: Continue reading KTMB Update: New Komuter trains to be called “MyKomuter”

KTM Update: More photos of our new KTM Komuter trains

TRANSIT took note of a recent update on China’s Hunan News about the new KTM Komuter trains.

The photos from this segment are notable because they show photos of the train’s interior, including features like air conditioning, overhead grab bar, active route map, and others.

The original link to the segment is here. Once you open the site it should launch a video showing the train rolling out for the ceremony, with the Minister of Transport engaging in a cute gimmick activity for the cameras.

The front of the train before rolling out for the ceremony. Note the livery on the doors of the train beside it. Image courtesy of CCTV

Continue reading KTM Update: More photos of our new KTM Komuter trains

KTM Update: Strange stories never cease (to amaze)

TRANSIT took note of this story, describing a strange event where a train bound for Batu Caves ended up going towards Rawang instead. And then the driver decided to back the train up and went back to Batu Caves.

Seriously? Well, not exactly. Apparently the service disruption may have been caused by a jammed switch, forcing trains to use the other side of the wye junction between Putra, Sentul & Segambut stations. That explains why the trains ended up going towards Kepong, switching tracks, and moving “backwards.”

Cranes crashing on platforms, derailments, vehicles flying onto the tracks, hybrid trains, delays, delays and more delays

Is it just us, or are things just getting stranger & stranger on the Malayan Railway?

500 cemas komuter tersasar laluan (Berita Harian, 9 hb. September 2011)


KUALA LUMPUR: Kira-kira 500 penumpang mengalami saat mencemaskan apabila komuter yang mereka naiki tersasar daripada laluan sebenar sehingga terpaksa berundur semula secara perlahan-lahan sejauh enam kilometer yang mengambil masa lebih satu jam sebelum sampai ke stesen sepatutnya, semalam. Continue reading KTM Update: Strange stories never cease (to amaze)

Press release from Balfour Beatty Ansaldo Systems JV regarding the Ipoh-Padang Besar EDT Project

TRANSIT took note of this press release from Balfour Beatty Ansaldo Systems JV, which is working on the Systems Package for the Electrification & Double Tracking project from Ipoh to Padang Besar.

The project, as you know, is a significant investment in KTM railway operations since it will allow a ten-fold increase in train movements – making freight and intercity services more reliable and allowing the opportunity for commuter-rail services as well.

Date: 11th August 2011
Balfour Beatty Ansaldo Systems JV Sdn Bhd reported today that it has achieved over 20% progress in delivering the Systems Package of works for the Northern Double Tracking Project which runs from Ipoh to Padang Besar in Malaysia.

The Systems Package of works includes the signalling, communications and electrification of the railway line and is the last of the elements to be installed as part of the 329km double tracking project, which is due for completion in December 2013.

BBASJV’s Project Director, Conrad Fawcett, commented “With the majority of the design completed and shipments of materials now arriving, we are now turning our attention to the installation phase of the works. Our Engineering, Planning and Construction teams are working very closely with the Main Contractor, MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, to ensure that we utilize every opportunity for early site access as this will benefit the project as a whole when our installation works are at peak.

We have established three operational depots along the route for material storage and plant maintenance, and we have our specialized plant ready for installation works once the tracks have been laid” offered Fawcett. “We had one or two issues in the early stages with development of design as one can expect in a project of this size and complexity. However these have been resolved and we are fast working towards total design approval.”

This project is part of a larger railway investment by Malaysia to create a modern and efficient double track railway connection between Johor Bahru and Padang Besar, with the long-term objective of establishing a Pan-Asian Link connecting Singapore to Kunming, China.


We have high hopes for this project, and also look forward to better communications & information sharing with the companies involved in the railway industry in Malaysia.