According to KTM the new trains can carry 1,100 passengers, compared to the present three-coach trains with a capacity for 400 passengers.
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the trains are “on par with those found in trains in developed countries” and are disabled-friendly.
“We are aware that during peak hours, KTM Komuter Services reaches 1.4 times the maximum passenger capacity, causing discomfort, delays and cancellation of services,” said Muhyiddin in his speech at the launch of the new trains earlier today.
“To solve these problems, Barisan Nasional invested RM 1.9 billion into the MyKomuter trains for the convenience of the people.”
The trains will be operating in stages until June 2012 at both the Seremban-Rawang and Batu Caves-Pelabuhan Klang lines.
KTM Komuter announced that by mid-year, trains frequencies will be every 15 minutes and intervals reduced to 10 minutes during peak hours.
The initiative is part of the National Key Result Area Programme to improve the quality of urban transport services.