KTM Komuter – Popular Urban Electric Commuter Train Service

KTM Komuter is an electrified commuter train service operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad. It was first introduced in 1995 to cater especially to commuters in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding suburban areas and is a popular mode of transport for commuters working in Kuala Lumpur. KTM Komuter is a fast and efficient public transport. 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 (Stesen 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.

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.

Network

KTM Komuter’s 175 km (109 mi) network has 45 stations. It consists of two lines, namely the Sentul-Port Klang and Rawang-Seremban lines, as well as a shuttle service from Rawang to Rasa which was launched on 21 April 2007.

Transfers between the two lines can be done at KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur and Putra stations. Stair-climbing or escalator-use may be required at KL Sentral and Putra, while cross-platform transfers can be conveniently done at Kuala Lumpur. Passengers continuing their journey on the Rawang-Rasa shuttle service have to change trains at Rawang station.

KTM Komuter has made shopping complexes and recreational centers more accessible. The Mid Valley station, which opened in 2004 next to the Mid Valley Megamall, has proven particularly popular. Other shopping centres located near KTM Komuter stations are Subang Parade, Carrefour Subang Jaya (near Subang Jaya station) and The MINES (Serdang station). Passengers bound for the Kuala Lumpur International Airport have the option of taking the KTM Komuter to Nilai Komuter halt and board a bus from there to the KLIA.

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

Station architecture

During the construction of the Komuter service, much of the existing lines were retained, with minor alterations (i.e. removal or abandonment of lines and replacement of wooden sleepers with concrete ones). Relevant station platforms were required to be added and heightened to allow easier access to Komuter trains travelling on both directions.

Major pre-independence stations including Kuala Lumpur station, Klang station, Port Klang station and Seremban station were retained and upgraded to support Komuter services. Smaller, wood-based stations and halts along the line that were built at around the same time as the aforementioned stations were either demolished and replaced by modern brick-and-concrete counterparts, or simply abandoned. The only exception to the rule is the old Sentul station, which has remained in service years since KTM Komuter’s launch, albeit with a replacement platform.

The layouts and sizes of the new station buildings, as of the launch of the service in 1995, vary by location but are generally divided into two classes:

  • Railway halts, consisting of a small single-storey structure with only ticket counters (a ticket booth, ticket machines and fare gates). The stations are usually placed along straightforward dual-lane lines.
  • Medium-sized and single-storey stations, housing both the ticket counters and station offices, and typically stationed along three or more lines. Such stations are typically intended to support additional responsibilities, such as managing railway signals, controlling railroad switches and handling goods services. The stations themselves are similar in design as the original wood-based stations along the line with slight hints of Western colonial designs (arches, wooden-and-glass windows and wooden doors), but are larger and modernized.

The platforms of the 1995 stations are virtually standardized, down to the design of the passenger semicircle-crossed shelters, the use of similarly-styled pedestrian crossings to link all platforms, and even the diamonds-based brickwork of the platforms.

Depending on the amount of patrons through the years, each station has undergone upgrades or expansions that either consist of increasing the number of ticket counters or opening new facilities for use by passengers or railway personnel. Taller, wider canopies had also been erected on the platforms of most stations to replace narrower, original versions in 2006 and 2007. The pace of the upgrades varies by location.

During the 2000s, new stations such as the Mid Valley station opt for more modern designs, consisting primarily of high, curved canopies above the entire platforms. Certain new stations along dual-lane lines are also included with facilities typically reserved for medium-sized stations, such as the Rasa station. The Kuala Lumpur Sentral station, however, is housed under the concrete base of the transport hub, and is considerably stark and utilitarian in design.

KTM Komuter route

The following picture shows the KTM Komuter route map. Click on it to see the enlarged version of the picture.

KTM Komuter route map

KTM Komuter route map

KTM Komuter train schedule

Below are the train shedules for:

KTM Komuter - Rawang to Kuala Kubu Bharu

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KTM Komuter – Kuala Kubu Bharu to Rawang

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KTM Komuter - Sentul to Pelabuhan Klang

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KTM Komuter - Pelabuhan Klang to Sentul

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KTM Komuter - Rawang to Seremban

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KTM Komuter - Seremban to Rawang

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KTM Komuter train fare

This is KTM Komuter train fares chart:

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Ticket vending machine

Single, Return and Weekly tickets for adults and children are available at Vending Machine. Tickets can also be purchased at ticket counters. If “No change, exact fare only” signs is lit, please insert exact fare. All tickets are in single payment, including trips that require a transfer at an interchange station.

KTM Komuter ticket vending machine

KTM Komuter ticket vending machine

Follow these steps to purchase a ticket:

  1. Select your destination.
  2. Select “Adult or child”. Select type of tickets – Single, Return or Weekly.
  3. If you require additional tickets, select “Add-On”. Repeat steps 1 and 2. To cancel transaction, press button “B”.
  4. Take note of payment required.
  5. Insert coins into slot; 10 cents, 20 cents or 50 cents coins are accepted. Notes RM1, RM2, RM5, and RM10 are also accepted.
  6. Take your ticket. Please check that the right destination is printed on your ticket. Collect change, if any.

Boarding the train

When the train arrives, please allow alighting commuters to get off first. When boarding the train, be cautious of the gap between the door and the platform. A bell chime will sound before the doors close. Do not enter when you hear this chime. When making a transfer, use the route diagram to check for the right interchange station.

Important:

  • Do not lean against the doors
  • Observe the Do’s and Don’t’s signs
  • Have your ticket with you at all times
  • Listen for your destination station to be announced

Passenger must have a valid ticket before boarding the train. A minimum penalty of RM 10.00 including a journey fare from sector originating station will be imposed to the passenger without valid ticket.

Comments

KTM Komuter – Popular Urban Electric Commuter Train Service — 8 Comments

  1. tipu!! semua tipu!! Ini ialah style malaysia! Memang KTM tidak on time, lagi teruk daripada dulu!! betulkah kandungan di sini dan menipu pelancong yang mau datang ke KL??

  2. commuter service is really very bad nowadays.
    >> x on time
    >> vry slow..
    >> make passengger get angry..
    >> y this happen??

  3. Salaam and Hello to all,

    please kindly give full support for my research entitled ‘Improving Quality of KTM Komuter Rail Service in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’. I will conduct comprehensive passenger surveys and passenger boarding and alighting counts at 4 main busiest stations namely KL, KL Sentral, Subang Jaya and Shah Alam stations of the Port Klang-Sentul KTM Komuter corridor this upcoming January-March 2010. My research is fully sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Malaysia. Meet you all at the sites, believe me….you all can make a big difference. insyaAllah and wassalam.

    PhD student
    Transportation Research Group (TRG)
    School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
    University of Southampton
    SO17 1BJ UK.

  4. I am using commuter past 6 months. most of the time too pack. I have let go at least 2-3 services than I get in why not KTM add on coaches. If on time and able to get in, please look into the elderly people.

    Now derailed how long it will take to repair or back to normal. It cost us more than RM 30 by taxi to work.

  5. RAWANG KTMB STAFF VERY RUDE AND SCARSTIC.

    Every evening KTMB is giving me headaches with its countless change in timing. I always take the 5.20 pm train from Rawang to Batang Kali, but alas for the past 1 month Rawang management are changing the time at own wishes, sometimes at 5.20 and sometimes at 5.45pm. What is the logic in this 5.20 and 5.45. I demand an answer cos I am paying and not using their services free.

    Yesterday 18-04-2011 (time 5.55pm) I rang the Rawang Office (I was standing opposite at Platform 3) and enquired that its already 5.55pm where is the train to Tanjung Malim. A very rude officer answered ‘train sedang repair’ habis I asked what time roughly, as I have to go back he answered tak tahu lah.Pergi ambil bas. So rude and arrogant, sitting in the air-cond office, whereas I am standing in the hot and humid whether.

    What does he mean sedang repair.

    Jessy

  6. I am writing to express my concern about the fact that trains delayed and cancelled from its original schedule.
    Following this, I am always reaching work late for my work in KL Central every day. I wonder on the delay as there is no bad weather conditions in Malaysia and no snowfalls yet the train is delay and make people to wait sometimes more an hour even Government committed for a betterment of this public transport services. Is this how you keep your promice towards public and fulfill their needs.The worse situation in the train is no cleanliness. I have even seen lizard and cockroaches inside the cabin. Most of the time we have to squezee like sardine cane just to get into the train and there are times where you cant even breath due to the unreasonable number of passenger in one coach.

    In spite of this extreme situation, I would like to know the exact reason to the poor service you provided. First of all, no accurate information was given to the passengers while we were stranded in the open-air railway platforms. In a second term, we were trapped inside the wagons without chairs and not enough of standing space and air condition and due to the intense of air. And finally, to my surprise, when I buy tickets through the electronic device but its faulty and not funtioning properly.

    I have lost trust on the Komuter Management and the Government who is still chairing uncountable meeting to find solution for the problem.
    It seems many research is conducted but to no avail.

    The ministries can spend our money for their family vacation, buying diamond ring, but fail to deliver their promises. What a shame to this country.