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According to a report by the New Straits Times, the KTM Komuter fare increase will be implemented soon – a new fare structure has just been announced with changes to come into effect next month, December 2. The new structure will see a maximum increase of up to RM7.10 per trip, affecting both the Tanjung Malim-Sungai Gadut and Batu Caves-Port Klang line.

“The new fare structure will cover operating and maintenance costs that have been on the rise every year,” commented KTM Bhd (KTMB) president, Lt Col (Rtd) Sarbini Tijan. “The purchase of spare parts has become increasingly expensive with the drop of the ringgit, not to mention KTMB had also been subject to commercial rates of the electricity tariff over the years,” he added.

This will be the first fare revision for the KTM Komuter service since February 2003. The new fare structure, which will see an increase of four sen per kilometre, will see students receive a 50% discount on the affected lines. “The new structure will benefit primary and secondary school children and college and university students whereby they will now be eligible to receive concession fares at a 50% discount,” added Sarbini.

In an earlier report, KTMB chairman, Datuk Nawawi Ahmad, stated that the increase from 11 sen per kilometre to 15 sen was required to prevent further losses incurred by the company. According to him, fares are supposed to cost at least 20 sen per km and that the 9 sen difference from the outgoing rate has resulted in a loss of around RM100 million per year.

“Our cost per km is at 20 sen but our ticket price per passenger only covers 11 sen per km. Right now, our operating revenue cannot cover our operating cost,” he stressed. Ahmad has also made it clear that the company no longer wants to rely on the government for subsidies in covering its operating costs.