The government has allocated some RM1.4 billion for upgrades to the KTM Komuter service, which will increase frequency during peak periods, Bernama reports. This was revealed by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who hopes that the upgrading of the system can be completed by 2020.

“KTMB is implementing the Klang Valley Double Track (KVDT) project to upgrade the signal link in the Klang Valley. They will extend it to Seremban as the signal link can increase the frequency level,” he told reporters in Negeri Sembilan yesterday.

In May, KTMB said that we can expect KTM Komuter waiting times to be halved from the current 15 minutes to 7.5 minutes by 2019, with the new double tracks in place. Along with the shortened intervals, KTMB is also targeting the passenger per hour, per direction figure from 1,000 to 6,000, boosting daily ridership from 117,800 to 250,000.

“This project outcome is to achieve headway or frequency of every 7.5 minutes, which can be categorised as ‘Metro’ standard, like the LRT or the upcoming MRT. For the ‘Metro’ standard, the frequency is around 3.5 minutes, but we cannot achieve that. The maximum we can go to is 7.5 minutes,” KTMB project division GM Ismail Said said then.

It was also reported then that the RM1.41 billion KVDT project is slated for completion in November 2019, and it includes the laying of new tracks that will be easier to maintain, the replacement of 20-year old signalling equipment to reduce metal theft and service disruption, installation of radio systems, upgrading of 16 stations and a new feeder station in Sentul for generation of more electricity to increase train frequencies.