JOHOR BAHRU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) train service between Johor Bahru (JB) and Woodlands will resume operations on June 19. The service is also known as Tebrau Shuttle.
Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said the service, which connects JB Sentral and Woodlands, has been suspended from March 24, 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I am pleased to announce that KTM is now ready to resume operations of the shuttle service from Tebrau,” he said, after checking the progress of the Rapid Transit System Link (RTS Link) at Bukit Chagar at JB on Saturday, June 11. ).
The resumption of KTM train service – with the tracks running on the causeway connecting Woodlands to JB – follows the May 1 reopening of cross-border public bus and taxi services between Singapore and Malaysia.
The Johor Strait that separates Singapore and JB is also known as the Tebrau Strait.
Datuk Seri Wee said ticket sales will start at 3 a.m. on June 13 for train services between June 19 and July 18.
He said a total of 31 daily trips will carry people between Singapore and JB, with 18 trips from JB Sentral to Woodlands and the remaining 13 from Woodlands to the state capital of Johor.
The train has a maximum capacity of 320 passengers with a frequency of one train every 30 minutes, Wee added. Tickets will be priced at RM5 (S$1.56) for travel from JB to Woodlands, and S$5 from Woodlands to JB.
“There will be no ticket charge for children under four years old. Passengers will use their passport as the official ticket to check in at either Johor Bahru or Woodlands station,” did he declare.
Before the pandemic, around 415,000 people used the causeway and the second link in Tuas daily. The causeway is one of the busiest land passages in the world.
Speaking about the RTS JB-Singapore link, Mr. Wee said the project is on track and has reached 17% completion.
When ready in 2026, the RTS will be able to transport 10,000 people per hour, in each direction, or absorb at least 35% of human traffic at the roadway.
The RTS Link will connect passengers from the Woodlands North underground station in Singapore to the Bukit Chagar aerial station in JB – a 4km journey that will take around five minutes.