Commuters welcome resumption of KTM practice service between JB and Woodlands, Latest Singapore News
The Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) practice service between Johor Bahru and Woodlands restarted on Sunday (June 19) after being suspended for greater than two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The resumption of the service was welcomed by commuters, who stated travelling by practice is quicker and extra handy than taking a bus or going by automotive.
Ms Elaine Ng, 33, who stayed up previous 3am on June 13 to safe tickets to JB the second they went on sale, stated she prefers taking the practice as a result of it beats getting caught in highway visitors on the Causeway.
“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,” stated Ms Ng, who’s a logistics supervisor.
Another commuter, 44-year-old healthcare employee Stephanie Lee, stated one perk of taking the practice was not having to get up early within the morning to beat the group on the Woodlands checkpoint.
“With tickets bought in advance, we just have to arrive before boarding time and we are guaranteed a seat,” she stated.
Ms Lee added that immigration clearance can be sooner because the passport is stamped by each Singapore and Malaysian officers earlier than commuters board the practice.
“So it saves time from having to go through immigration twice (which happens when) you take a bus,” she stated.
Also often known as the Tebrau Shuttle, the practice service was suspended on March 24, 2020, to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.
It now runs 31 journeys day by day – with 18 from JB Sentral to Woodlands and 13 from Woodlands to JB Sentral. Each journey takes about 5 minutes.
Trains to JB run from 8.30am to 11.45pm, whereas these to Woodlands run from 5am to 10.45pm.
Around 7,000 passengers are anticipated to make use of the service day by day, with journey capability at 320 passengers.
The ticket prices $5 for a visit from Woodlands to JB, and RM5 (S$1.60) from JB to Woodlands. They are bought a couple of month upfront.
In comparability, the cross-border bus providers run by SMRT and Transtar Travel value about $2.
Tickets for well-liked time slots across the weekends, like Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, have largely bought out, based on the KTM web site.
When The Straits Times arrived on the Woodlands Train Checkpoint round 9am, there was a line of about 50 commuters ready to board the 9.45am practice.
Among them was Mr Tay Kai Xian, a 26-year-old monetary danger guide, who was visiting Malaysia for the primary time for the reason that 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 stated.
Those who had taken the practice beforehand stated it has been refurbished and appears cleaner than earlier than.
Ms S. H. Wan, 32, an accountant who returned to Singapore after visiting her household in JB, stated: “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 challenge supervisor within the gaming business, stated his practice to Woodlands was delayed for about 25 to half-hour.
“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,” he stated.
“We have kids with us, so it was slightly inconvenient, but other than that, immigration processes were very smooth.”
Many commuters instructed ST that they may make extra frequent journeys to Malaysia now that the practice service has restarted.
Ms Nuraishah Hamza, 37, who used to go to JB as soon as a month earlier than the pandemic, stated she may resume doing so.
“It’s very convenient – we can skip the snaking queues to cross the Causeway and immigration (clearance) is also faster,” stated Ms Hamza, who’s a civil servant.
“A shopping trip or staycation is just a train ride away.”