KTMB has announced that it will finally be resuming its train service between Johor Bahru and Woodlands, Singapore. The service is known as the Tebrau Shuttle and will be commencing on 19 June, more than two years after it was suspended on 24 March, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ticket sales started on 13 June for journeys between 19 June to 18 July, with a maximum capacity of 320 passengers for each trip. Everyday, there will be 31 services between JB Sentral and Woodlands at 30 minute intervals; 18 trips from JB Sentral to Woodlands and 13 trips from Woodlands to JB Sentral.
Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said that the resumption of the Tebrau Shuttle will benefit 7,000 people daily. The tickets can be purchased at the counter at JB Sentral and Woodlands or on KTMB’s website, but it seems that you can’t purchase shuttle tickets on the mobile app.
The fare for a one-way trip from JB Sentral to Woodlands is RM5 and RM10 for a roundtrip, but if you purchase the ticket from Woodlands to JB Sentral separately, it costs RM16.25. Travellers should also keep in mind that their passport must have at least 30 days validity from the day of travel.
The resumption of the KTMB Tebrau Shuttle service comes after the resumption of cross-border public bus and taxi services between Singapore and Malaysia on 1 May, a month after borders between the two countries fully reopened. Singaporean bus operators SBS Transit, SMRT Buses, and Transtar Travel resumed several of its services while on the Malaysian side, Causeway Link reinstated four routes with more coming in June.
Another recent public transport improvement is the massive price reduction of the Subang Airport SkyPark Link train, which was slashed from RM10 to RM3.50. The service also increased its frequency from 25 to 32 times daily. To help people take advantage of this, Rapid KL also added two new bus routes that include KTM Terminal SkyPark.
(Source: Wee Ka Siong/Facebook)