GROUP ASSIGNMENT – RAIL SERVICE (ETS)
ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE (ETS)
The train network in Malaysia can be split into two types of service - the inter city, countrywide, traditional KTMB rail network and the inner city, light rail transit networks. While the KTMB service serves the entire country, travelling between major cities and also up into Thailand. Train systems are the most efficient in many ways, typically emitting less carbon and using less fuel per passenger than buses, but they are often more expensive to implement. Also, the traditional advantages of trains can be mitigated to a large extent by using hybrids or buses that run on natural gas.
The Electric Train Service (ETS) is an intercity train service that currently operates between the cities of Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh in Malaysia. Originally, the train line continued south of KL Sentral railway station to Seremban but is currently out of operation as of October 2012. The trains travel up to 140 km/h on an electrified line and are operated by ETS Sendirian Berhad, a fully owned subsidiary of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad.
There are now just two Express Kuala Lumpur Ipoh Train services a day in either direction operated by KTM Intercity.
Travelling by train between Ipoh and KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur is a pleasant way to journey between the two cities and much more interesting than just travelling along the highway, as all buses do.
There are also 8 faster Electric Train Services (ETS) every day (10 on Fri / Sat /Sun) that operate on this route. The fare is slightly more expensive than the Intercity trains but the trip takes just two hours 20 minutes, or two hours 30 minutes, depending on which service you use, the Gold or Silver service.
Electric Train Services (ETS) KL Sentral - Ipoh
There are two types of ETS train services, Gold service which makes 8 stops and takes 2 hours 20 minutes and Silver service which makes 14 stops and takes two hours 30 minutes.
Trains operate everyday except those marked ** which operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.
From Kl Sentral to Ipoh (Gold Train Departure Times) :
06:00, 09:00, 13:00, 14:00**, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00**
Silver Train Departure Times :
11:00, 15:00, 21:00
From Ipoh to KL Sentral (Gold Train Departure Times) :
05:00, 08:00, 11:00**, 12:00, 16:00, 17:00**, 18:00
Silver Train Departure Times :
10:00, 15:00, 21:00
Train Fares Kuala Lumpur Ipoh
KTM Intercity :
1st Class RM40
2nd Class RM22
Night train Berths are available but not really necessary for such a short trip. But if you want to lie down for a few hours here are the ticket prices :
1st Class "Upper" RM70 - "Lower" RM91
2nd Class "Upper" RM28 - "Lower" RM34
Electric Train Service (ETS) :
Silver RM40 or RM25
WHY PEOPLE PREFER TRAVELLING BY TRAIN
Many people consider travelling by train as one of the safer methods of travelling on the ground. Car or bus accidents happen on a daily basis on the roads. It is very rare to hear of train accidents. Trains undergo quite a number of checks and tests including instrument calibration tests. A train has to undergo many safety checks before it is released for service.
A) Trains in Malaysia are very comfortable. One good example are the ETS.
B) These trains are quite spacious and provide comfort for their customers. You will find that some of the trains have tables where people can work. Some of them provide power plugs to charge laptops or mobile phones. For those who can afford to pay for a first class ticket, they can have access to catering services.
C) It is faster to travel by a train compared to a bus or even a car. This is because the roads have speed limits which the drivers have to adhere to. When you travel with a car or a bus, you will have to regularly slow down for various reasons including speed limit and traffic jams. When travelling by train, the speed is almost constant and there is no traffic jam on the rail track.
Various people have various reactions towards public transport. There are those people who love it, there are those who hate it and there are those who have no other option but to use it. If everyone had the capability of owning their own cars and driving themselves anywhere they wanted, we would have heavy traffic jams on our roads. This is where public transport becomes important. Although it may be a bit of a hassle getting good and comfortable public transport, it will save you lots of money in the long run.
The use of trains (ETS) is a very common way of travelling in the Malaysia. This is especially so for people who are travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh. The good thing is that the trains take about 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach their destination. These trains travel at a very high speed and still provide the comfort and ambience that is experienced in airplanes.
FORECAST TO THE DEMAND OF TRAIN.
Long-distance travel stands for a disproportionately large share of traffic production compared to its share of trip making. People hopes that ETS may help to alleviate the heavy load of traffic in road and air corridors and improve interregional accessibility. However, ETS requires substantial investments. The economic rationale for allocating public money to construction of new ETS tracks is highly dependent on the present volume of rail travel, generation of new rail trips, and the extent to which air and car trips would be diverted to rail. To forecast the effect of the ETS should therefore not be impossible. Another possible difficulty of forecasting demand for ETS could arise because travelers view ETS as another mode than conventional rail in some way. They do find a positive ETS constant for car and air travelers but not for rail travelers.
EXAMPLE FORECAST FOR TRAIN SERVICE
Singapore and Malaysia to form joint work group on high-speed rail link
BEST METHOD OF OPERATION IN TRAIN
Like cruising, rail travel is enjoying a renaissance. Its success has been somewhat mixed, however since the governments that usually control rail service are slow to respond to new markets and demand. Still train trips have become an integral feature of many tours. Short rides on old-time steam trains are a popular tour activity.
The Features of a Modern Train.
The layout of today’s trains may be different from what you expect. Consider the sleeping facilities. Here are the most common options that may be available to passengers on overnight trains. The most basic passengers sleep in their seats as they would on a long plan ride. Occasionally, the seat can recline almost to a horizontal position such a seat is called a sleeper seat. Another option is an open bunk called a couchette. The train car is divided into compartments each containing four or six seats, half facing forward and half facing backward. At bedtime a porter enters and drops down small bed surfaces is each compartment. However passengers in couchettes sleep in their daytime clothes. The compartment offer little privacy and aren’t necessarily same sex.
On some trains passengers can pay for a private compact sleeping room called a sleeper, roomette or wagon-lit. Each room contains one or two berths and usually also have a sink with hot and cold water. Rooms may even have toilets.