The Sun (Malaysia)
Fare hikes for rail services
> An average of 36% increase for KTM Komuter, Prasarana to standardise existing LRT and Monorail rates
KUALA LUMPUR: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) yesterday announced that fares for KTM Komuter in the Klang Valley will increase from 11 sen to 15 sen per kilometre, an average increase of 36%, with effect from Dec 2.
KTMB president Lt Col (Rt) Sarbini Tijan said the new fare structure caters only for the Klang Valley sector, from Tanjung Malim to Sungai Gadut and Batu Caves to Port Klang.
“KTMB will increase its fare to the maximum RM7.10 per trip, an average increase of four sen per kilometre,” Sarbini told a press conference at KL Sentral yesterday.
Sarbini added that the new fare structure will cover the operating and maintenance costs that have been on the rise every year.
“The purchase of spare parts has become increasingly expensive with the drop in the ringgit. KTMB is also subject to commercial electrical tariff rates over the years,” Sarbini said.
Meanwhile, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad said it will implement a new fare structure for its Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Monorail to standardise its existing rates.
Its group chief executive officer Datuk Azmi Abdul Aziz said commuters would be charged a flag fall rate of 70 sen plus the actual distance travelled.
The fare will decrease as the commuter travels further should they use the new MyRapid cards which will be available from Nov 15.
“These cards offer discounted fares of between 18% and 35%,” he said at Prasarana’s headquarters here.
A 17% discount is offered to non-regular travellers using the Touch n’ Go and the current MyRapid cards.
The fares will be imposed for its three lines – Kelana Jaya, Ampang and the Kuala Lumpur Monorail – from Dec 2.