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KTM Komuter has started a new train service from Butterworth, Penang to Padang Besar, Perlis. The newly introduced route began operations from January 1, 2016, and consists of 13 stops along its 157.8 km route. The new route is the second commuter rail service to be launched in north Malaysia.

The 13 stops (in order) include stations at Butterworth, Bukit Tengah, Bukit Mertajam, Tasik Gelugor, Sungai Petani, Gurun, Kobah, Alor Setar, Anak Bukit, Kodiang, Arau, Bukit Ketri and finally, Padang Besar. The entire one-way journey takes an estimated time of one hour 45 minutes.

The service employs three Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trainsets, with three coaches. The service will run six trips daily, with three departing from Padang Besar for Butterworth at 5.45 am, 10.45 am and 3.30 pm. Meanwhile, the other three trips leave Butterworth for Padang Besar at 8.00 am, 12.50 pm and 6.30 pm.

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As for the fare structure, one-way tickets are priced from RM1 to RM11.40 for adults. A discount of 50% is be offered for senior citizens, the disabled and children aged four to 12. Children aged below four years are able to ride for free.

Nearly three months ago, KTM Komuter launched its Komuter Utara Service, with the Kamunting-Butterworth-Gurun route beginning operations on September 11, 2015. The 144 km route takes two hours end to end.