Monday, February 13, 2012

KTM Commuters to Enjoy?

What's there to enjoy?

Today's The Star report "KTM commuters to enjoy improved services" quotes Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal, to that effect.

The SPAD CEO obviously does not read The Star.

The Star is repackaging an old story to make it look new, in an effort to sidetrack readers, but not regular commuters like yours truly.

I had earlier asked "KTM Komuter - Wherefore Art Thou Coaches" Part 1 and 2.

For the benefit of those missing relevant Star reports and passages, they are posted here.

29 April 2011, in a like sounding headline, "Better days ahead for Komuter service"
"the first of the newly bought EMUs was expected to arrive in November and would be in service by January 2012.

We will need about three months for testing and commissioning but subsequent trains will take a month to be ready" - Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) president Dr Aminuddin Adnan
And more "good" news 3 months later.

25 July 2011, "Delivery of EMU trains ahead of schedule"
"Kong said the trains manufactured by CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Ltd (CSR ZELC) must be tested on Malaysian tracks before they could be commissioned"
Right on schedule, I give him that.

23 September 2011 "KTM gets first batch of electric train coaches from China"
“The coaches will undergo operational and security tests before they are deemed safe for use,” he said, adding that it would take one to two months to test each set.
Which would mean that the first set should have been in service by November, please Mr Transport Minister, correct me if I am wrong.

Maybe my estimation is a tad optimistic in order to be critical but so were you.

Even Transit - Malaysia' Public Transport Forum in the article "New KTM Komuter trains arrive in Port Klang (Update #2)" states,
This train is the first of 6 trains which will arrive over the remainder of this year, and will likely be put into service in late December 2011 or early 2012
and carries a short Railway Gazette news report stating,
"Six are scheduled to arrive this year, entering traffic from January on KTM Komuter services in the Klang Valley around Kuala Lumpur"
By all accounts it is January of 2012, Christmas and both the Gregorian and Lunar New Years have all gone with no new coach in sight.

Does early 2012 mean March and does March mean early of the year?

And what of the other 5 coaches reported to be arriving as of last year?

The SPAD CEO and The Star makes no reference to either the 1 coach being available for service, much less 5 other coaches which would have then taken "a month to be ready" according to the KTM chairman.

If there are any other "good" news, I say Transport Ministry, KTMB and SPAD, please save us more agony of not only the sad Komuter service but of more hot air. And you the blushes.

Stop railroading us with nothing but mouth service instead of actual service.

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