KUALA LUMPUR, 13 June – The KTM train service between Malaysia’s Johor Bahru Sentral station and Woodlands station in Singapore will resume on Jun 19 after a two-year suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tickets for trips from Jun 19 to Jul 18 will go on sale from Jun 13 at 3am, said Malaysia’s Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong.
He added that there will be 31 trips daily – with 18 from JB Sentral to Woodlands and 13 from Woodlands to JB Sentral.
About 7,000 passengers are expected to use the service daily, with a maximum capacity of 320 passengers for each trip and a train frequency of 30 minutes.
Dr Wee added that passengers will use their passports as official tickets for check-in at JB Sentral station and Woodlands station before boarding the train.
Tickets for the JB Sentral to Woodlands route will be priced at RM5 (S$1.58) while that for the Woodlands to JB Sentral route will be sold at S$5.
“Passengers can buy tickets using the KITS online system or at ticket counters and passengers are required to register and enter their passport number before purchasing a Tebrau shuttle ticket,” said Dr Wee.
Malaysia and Singapore reopened their borders on Apr 1, allowing vaccinated people to travel across the Causeway via private vehicles.
Cross-border bus and taxi services later resumed on May 1.
Pre-pandemic, the Causeway was one of the busiest land checkpoints in the world, with about 300,000 people passing through every day.
The transport minister was speaking to reporters after visiting the construction site of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project in Bukit Chagar on Saturday (Jun 11).
He said the project is 17 per cent complete.
“I am satisfied with the work progress of the RTS Link project which is at 17 per cent. Technically, there is no issue but just to divert the pipeline belonging to the PUB of Singapore,” he added.
“The 900mm and 1,600mm pipeline diversion has been completed in terms of policy agreements involving the republic and will be tabled in Cabinet soon.”
The RTS Link is a 4km rail network connecting Bukit Chagar, Johor Bahru and Woodlands in Singapore.
It is expected to be able to transport 10,000 people per hour in each direction.