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ETS TIMETABLE & ROUTES
Love travelling between cities in Peninsular Malaysia? Driving on the expressways for an extended period of time can be rather tiring and put a strain on your eyes as you concentrate on getting to your destination safe and sound. Instead of the hassle of driving, why not try taking the KTM Electric Train Service (ETS) that runs between Gemas in Negeri Sembilan and Padang Besar in Perlis? This rail service is operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) and is currently running along the West Coast Line. Able to go up to a maximum speed of 160km/h, these trains are considered to be the fastest metre gauge rail service in Malaysia. This inter-city line has a speed that is comparable to the Sonic Express in Japan and the Taroko Express in Taiwan. With this speed, the duration of the journey KTMB has only two train services that run on electric, the ETS and KTM Komuter with both using electric multiple units.
Travel Long Distance in Comfort
KTM ETS spans almost the entire length of the Peninsular, with Padang Besar located at northernmost Perlis, right along the Malaysia-Thailand border while Gemas is along the Negeri-Sembilan-Johor border. The service started in 2010, after the completion of the electrification and double-tracking of the Rawang-Ipoh segment in the West Coast Line. Subsequently, after the progressive completion of other segments, the service continued to expand along the Line. The KTM ETS service stops at major cities such as Ipoh, Butterworth and Arau, with a newly revamped schedule that was just released on 18 January 2016, making it even more convenient for passengers to organize trips.
Being a rail service that caters for long distance travel, one will find that the trains come with all the necessary facilities to make your journey more pleasant and comfortable. If you are feeling peckish and would like to grab a bite or two, head over to the F&B coach for some delicious snacks or drinks. There are two LED TVs set in each coach which is set to display KTMBs latest news and other entertainment to ensure that you wouldnt be bored. KTM ETS also takes into consideration the welfare and convenience of people with special needs, by designing disabled-friendly infrastructure for those who need it. Toilets and luggage racks are readily available to make your ride an enjoyable one. For your safety and peace of mind, CCTVs are constantly vigilant to make sure that no untoward incidents happen, but of course, there is no harm in taking precautionary measures yourself.
Reducing Carbon Footprint
As more and more companies are moving towards eco-friendliness, ETS trains too, are playing their part in this movement. Because it uses electricity instead of fossil fuels, the energy generated is cleaner and emissions are much lower compared to traditional transportation that uses fossil fuels, ensuring that it has a lower carbon footprint. An interesting little fact about the trains we managed to find out is that they can actually generate their own electric power when they brake. This power is then used by other similar trains in the same power grid, thereby making them even more environmentally-friendly.
Start Planning Your Trip Now
At this time, for KTM ETS trains, there are three different classes available, namely Platinum, Gold and Silver. Why are there three classes? The chief difference between these is actually based on the amount of stops the trains make, which will, in turn, determine the length of the trip. Platinum is the fastest, followed by Gold and lastly by Silver. The price, of course, reflects the class as well, with Platinum being the most expensive, followed by Gold and Silver. Platinum class trains only stop?at a few major stations, so the trip is shorter but make sure that the train stops at the station you want. While planning your trip back to your hometown or just to travel around Peninsular Malaysia, it is wise to check out the newly updated train schedule so that you wont miss your ride. Check out the fares here.
Its surprising to know that there are still so many facts and features about KTMBs ETS trains that are not widely known. However, one of the most important things that commuters are concerned about is the timetable and fares of the various classes and departure times. For long distance travelling on the ETS, it is imperative that you plan ahead as there are not many trips made in a day, due to the lengthy duration of the trip. Students will be pleased to know that they can receive a 40% discount on their fares while disabled, senior citizens and certain civil servants have various other concessions available for them as well. The ETS train is a safe and economical way for penny-pinching students to go back and visit their families. So, what are you waiting for? Start organizing a fun, relaxing vacation where you can ride on the ETS train in comfort and style.