(File pix) The Electric Train Service (ETS) will offer business-class coaches starting next year. Pix by Ramdzan Masiam

KUALA LUMPUR: The Electric Train Service (ETS) will offer business-class coaches starting next year, said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi.

He said the business class coach will have 36 seats which are more comfortable and spacious compared to conventional seating.

“Passengers can also watch videos on the screen provided at each seat,” he said when winding up the 2018 Budget debate for his ministry at the committee level in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday.

He added that nine additional ETS sets, the purchase of which were approved in the 2016 Budget to meet increasing demand for the north-south routes, are expected to be delivered in 2018.

In addition, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) will also introduce a new ETS ticketing system in two weeks.

In March, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had instructed KTMB to find an immediate solution to various customer complaints about its services, notably on the ETS online ticketing system.

KTMB currently operates 36 trips daily via its 14 ETS units from Gemas to Padang Besar and Padang Besar to Gemas.

About 7,000 passengers use the ETS services daily, with a capacity of 360 seats for each unit.

The ETS was introduced in August 2010.

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