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Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTMB), has announced a new fare collection system, which will be implemented across all public rail transportation lines. The Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system will allow commuters to ride on all train services in the Klang Valley with just a single ticket, according to a report in The Malay Mail.

Expected to be operational by mid 2016, integration into Light Rail Transit (LRT), Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Monorail systems will be ready come 2017. The system will replace the ageing collection system, according to KTMB Commuter services general manager Azshidah Shah Shahari.

“We admit our current system is obsolete. Sometimes it only accepts old notes or old coins, but this will be replaced with the new AFC in June or July,” Shahari said.

On a separate note, KTMB announced today, that the KTM Komuter fare increase will be implemented from December 2. Similarly, Prasarana has also announced a new distance-based fare structure, for three of its lines, namely the LRT Kelana Jaya Line, Ampang Line, and KL Monorail Line, to be in effect at the same time.

KTM’s new fare structure will see an increase of four sen per kilometre (from 11 sen to 15 sen) with a maximum increase of RM7.10 per trip. The higher fare will apparently be used to cover operating and maintenance costs, which has been increasing yearly.

President of KTMB, Lt Col (Rtd) Sarbini Tijan, also explained that while the fare is seeing a 36% increase, passengers will only be paying 75% of their ticket. The additional 25% will be footed by KTMB itself, or covered by government subsidies. Students will be eligible for a 50% discounted concession fare.