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.
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 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 … More Rail link to Subang Skypark on the way?
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
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. Click here for a larger view of the image above. This train is the first … More New KTM Komuter trains arrive in Port Klang (Update #2)
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 … More KTM Update: Improved facilities at Komuter stations will help deal with long waits.
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 … More KTMB Update: New Komuter trains to be called “MyKomuter”
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 … More KTM Update: More photos of our new KTM Komuter trains
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, … More KTM Update: Strange stories never cease (to amaze)
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