ERL expects ridership hike with new trains

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SEPANG — Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL) expects ridership to increase five per cent this year with the new KLIA Ekspres trains.

Two new trains with songket design livery were launched by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai yesterday.

ERL chief executive officer Noormah Mohd Noor said the Expres and Transit trains would help the company reach its targeted nine million-passenger quota this year alongside initiatives with airlines and ride-hailing services such as Grab and Uber.

“We are looking to engage with airlines to make trains an option for everybody when they book their tickets online,” Noormah said.

“We are working with Grab and Uber to give passengers RM10 off their rides in the future from KL Sentral to their destinations.”

Increased ridership is also expected from an improved service frequency of a train every 15 minutes instead of 20 minutes.

Liow lauded ERL’s efforts to improve the rail travel experience.

“I must congratulate ERL. Instead of competing with taxis, Grab and Uber, they are working with them,” he said.

“This is the kind of cooperation we should work on, so that we can provide last mile connectivity.”

ERL received its first Transit train from China in October 2016, and the first Ekspres train last year.

Free rides are available on the trains on March 17 and 18 for families with children aged 12 and below.

Tickets may be collected between 9am and 5pm at all ERL stations on the dates and must be used immediately upon collection.