JB-Woodlands KTM Train Fares Will Cost S$1.44 For Malaysians From Early 2024
Frequent travellers to Johor Bahru (JB) would know that the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) shuttle train is a good alternative to travel across the border.
A trip from Woodlands to JB costs S$5, which is an affordable solution to beat the Causeway jam.
For Malaysians, taking the KTM train will soon be even cheaper as Malaysia will streamline the one-way fare to just RM5 (S$1.44).
However, only Malaysian citizens will be eligible for this flat rate.
S$5 via KTM train from Woodlands to JB, RM5 the opposite way
The good news was announced by Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke on Sunday (10 Dec), reported The Star.
He noted that it currently costs S$5 to travel via train from Singapore to JB, but only RM5 (S$1.44) in the opposite direction.
KTM had proposed to eliminate this fare difference by charging Malaysians a flat one-way fare of RM5, the minister said.
Flat fare to hopefully take effect in early 2024
Mr Loke welcomed the suggestion, he said, noting that 10,000 passengers use the KTM train, also known as Shuttle Tebrau, every day.
He promised to discuss the matter with Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Agency, hoping to implement the flat fare in early 2024.
As for what Singapore would think of it, Mr Loke said there was no need to discuss this with Singapore.
That’s because KTM is a Malaysian entity, he added.
KTM train to stop once JB-Woodlands RTS Link opens
The Shuttle Tebrau’s days might be numbered, though.
That’s because the new Singapore-Johor Bahru Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link is on track to open at the end of 2026.
As agreed between Singapore and Malaysia, the Shuttle Tebrau will cease operations within six months after the RTS Link opens for passenger service.
Malaysia to hold talks with Singapore over KTM train continuation
On 26 Oct, Mr Loke told Parliament that Malaysia will hold discussions with Singapore over keeping the Shuttle Tebrau service after the RTS Link opens.
On Sunday, he told the media that there’s still time to conduct these talks since the projected opening is still three years away.
Meanwhile, his side will focus on improving the service first, he said.
Back in Singapore, Sengkang MP Chua Kheng Wee said in a Facebook post on 27 Nov that he had asked Acting Transport Minister Chee Hong Tat whether his ministry would consider retaining the Shuttle Tebrau.
This will give travellers an alternative transport option, he reasoned.
While that’s still up in the air, at least in the three years that the Shuttle Tebrau has left, our Malaysian counterparts will be able to use it at cheaper rates.
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