Keretapi Tanah Melayu

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A train stopping at a KTMB railway station in Kuala Lipis, Pahang

Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) or the Malayan Railway is the main railway system in Peninsular Malaysia. It was formerly run by the Malayan Railway Administration, but since corporatisation in 1991 has been run by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM Bhd or KTMB), which is wholly owned by the Federal Government. The railway system dates back to the British colonial era, when it was first built to transport tin. Fares are generally reasonable, but the slow speed of trains on the ageing narrow-gauge tracks does not usually make them competitive with aeroplane or even coach travel.

There are two main routes from Singapore through the Malay Peninsula into Thailand, the eastern and the western line. The main western track starting from Singapore passes through Johor Bahru, Gemas, Seremban, KL Sentral (Kuala Lumpur), Ipoh and Butterworth (the connection point for Penang) before continuing onto Hat Yai in Thailand. The eastern "jungle line" separates from the western track at Gemas, crossing the mountainous backbone of Malaysia to Wakaf Bharu (near Kota Bharu) and Tumpat. There are no direct through trains to Thailand, but the border and Thai terminus of Sungei Kolok is not far away.

Since corporatisation of KTMB a programme of modernisation has been underway, but the ambitious project of electrifying and double-tracking the entire western line has been put on hold until further notice by Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi.

KTM Komuter

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KTM Komuter Train

The KTM Komuter was first introduced in 1995 by Keretapi Tanah Melayu.

KTM Komuter is a fast and efficient public transport catering especially to commuters in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding suburban areas. It is a popular mode of transportation for commuters working in Kuala Lumpur, as they can travel to the city without the hassle of traffic congestion.

Passengers of the KTM Komuter can rest in the comfort of the air-conditioned coaches while being taken to their destinations at very reasonable fares. For those who drive to the stations/halts, 'Park & Ride' facility is provided. Parking rate is at a nominal charge.

The KTM Komuter has made shopping complexes and recreational centres more accessible, particularly with the connection to Star LRT (Bank Negara and Bandar Tasik Selatan halts) and Putra LRT (KL Sentral Kuala Lumpur) at the respective interchange stations. Passengers bound for the Kuala Lumpur International Airport have option to board the bus services from Nilai halt at RM2 per trip.

KTM Komuter tickets can be purchased at the counters or by using the self-service Ticket Vending Machines, which are available at all stations and halts.

For a faster, easier and more relaxing way of travelling to or from the city, KTM Komuter is your best choice of transportation.

Other Malaysian train services

The KLIA Ekspres airport link service between KLIA and KL Sentral is operated by the private company Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd.

The sole rail service in East Malaysia, the line from Tanjung Aru (Kota Kinabalu) to Tenom, is operated by the private North Borneo Railway and Sabah State Railways.

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