Online booking of train tickets between Woodlands and JB to cease from Dec. 1
At least KTM didn't attempt to shut down the trains.
Shuttle Tebrau, the dedicated train service that runs 22 trips a day between JB Sentral in Johor Bahru and Woodlands Checkpoint in Singapore, will no longer be available for online booking next month.
This is according to Malaysian train operator KTM Berhad.
From December 1 onwards, passengers can only purchase tickets directly from KTM Intercity counters. In Singapore, the counter is located at Woodlands Checkpoint.
KTM Berhad said that the change is to prevent the abuse of tickets and overloading of passengers on the train cabins.
As part of the move, train tickets will also only be made available one day before departure.
Previously, the train tickets were available for sale 30 days in advance, both online and at ticket counters.
The change could possibly upset hundreds of passengers who travel between Singapore and Johor Bahru daily, many of whom make regular trips for work.
Many Singaporeans have started using Shuttle Tebrau as a more time effective way of getting to Johor Bahru, given that there are dedicated customs clearance counters for train passengers at Woodlands Checkpoint.
The train ride from Woodlands to JB Sentral takes just five minutes in total and costs S$5 from Woodlands to Johor and $5 in Malaysian Ringgit vice versa.
Other than offering passengers greater convenience, Shuttle Tebrau is also an effort aimed at reducing massive traffic congestion at the Johor Causeway.
The Shuttle Tebrau train service started running in July 2015.
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