The soon to be introduced monthly unlimited Rapid bus and rail pass will be only for Malaysians, transport minister Anthony Loke said, reported by The Star.

Announced last week in Budget 2019, the scheme will start on January 1, 2019, and will utilise the Touch n Go function in MyKad and MyTentera identification cards.

“Subscription can be made at all LRT and MRT stations or the four bus hubs at Shah Alam, Greenwood, Sri Nilam and Terminal Kajang. It can be topped up at any place with Touch n Go reloading facilities such as Touch n Go kiosks, petrol stations or ATMs,” Loke said in Putrajaya today.

Two versions of the monthly unlimited pass will be available – a RM100 pass for all Rapid rail (MRT, LRT, Monorail, Sunway BRT) and bus services (including MRT feeder buses), and a RM50 pass for all Rapid bus services in the Klang Valley.

“We are hoping to launch the pass in early December, and we want prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to officiate it. Users can start registering for the pass in December, and it can be utilised from 12.01 am on January 1. So if you are out celebrating the New Year countdown, you can already use the pass to travel back home,” explained Loke.

He added that the government has allocated a budget of RM240 million per year for the unlimited pass, which has the aim of boosting public transport usage and reducing the burden of lower income groups.

“For example, those who travel from Kajang to KLCC will have to spend around RM280 a month, by spending RM5.40 on their train ride and RM1 for feeder buses one way. By using the 30-day pass, the user only pays RM100 a month and therefore can save RM180,” Loke explained.

If you noticed that there has been no mention of KTM Komuter, that’s because it has different costs and ticketing systems. “KTM Komuter trips are longer and therefore will cost a lot more. It also has a different ticketing system to the one used by Rapid. However, the government has a plan to reduce the cost of the KTM Komuter service which will be announced later. Of course, the long-term plan is to integrate the KTM Komuter system with Rapid,” the minister said.