TRANSIT wishes to take a short moment and wish all those who are celebrating a very happy Spring Festival & Chinese (Calendar) New Year. And this year as you must already know, will be the year of the Dragon. Specifically, the water dragon – the wisdom, strength and leadership of the dragon, combined with the … More Gong Xi Fa Cai from the members of TRANSIT! Wishing you all the best for the Year of the Water Dragon
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 … More Over 1,000 passengers stranded at Perak KTMB stations due to bomb hoax
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, … More KTM Update: Another restructuring for KTMB promises to accomplish what earlier restructuring(s) did not
TRANSIT has taken note that another Balik Kampung period has started in Malaysia. While some people have taken to their cars or buses & trains immediately, others are waiting for the last minute (or waiting for the congestion to reduce). With the aligning of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and the 54th Merdeka day, this Balik Kampung … More Balik kampung o-o-o balik kampung!
TRANSIT recently took note of these articles announcing the demolition of the Butterworth Railway station as part of the Electrification & Double Tracking project from Ipoh to Padang Besar. The old Butterworth Station will be replaced with a new railway station – one that will presumably be designed to accommodate more electric train services as … More KTM Update: Butterworth railway station pulled down for development – but not for Penang Sentral
TRANSIT took note of a number of articles about the upcoming Balik Kampung period that we thought worthy of note. Firstly, the director-general of the Road Transport Department has commented that the public should be confident to take buses to their destinations this raya, as buses are much safer than motorcycles. As you know, each … More Take public transport this Raya says RTD Chief. TRANSIT: Public transport is now comfortable, safer option
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 … More Press release from Balfour Beatty Ansaldo Systems JV regarding the Ipoh-Padang Besar EDT Project
TRANSIT took note of this interesting letter by C.R. of Kuala Lumpur, who discusses the recent protest by the Railwaymen’s Union of Malaya (RUM), which included warnings of a “work-to-rule” campaign & potential disruption of Balik Kampung / Hari Raya Aidilfitri travel. C.R. argues that it might be time to open up the Railway sector … More The KTM Debate: Should the railway sector be opened up to “competition”?
Updates #98 1. Article: Firm denies using taxi coupons to make ‘easy money’ (NST, 10 August 2011) – Mohd Nasir Mohd Rashid, Exec. Chairman of MESRA Indah Jaya Sdn. Bhd. which operates the taxi coupon system in Johor Baru, has denied allegations that it is making an “RM2 profit from the sale of coupons as … More Updates #98
TRANSIT took note of this interesting column written by NST editor Syed Nadzri, about his memories of KTM travel. The column follows the recent series by NST about the heritage of the Malaysian railways which is rapidly changing as the Electrification & Double Tracking (EDT) projects progress. Tracking down memory lane (NST) 2011/08/08 By Syed … More Heritage: “tracking down memory lane”