Kuala Lumpur – Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced that the final details of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) will be settled by the Malaysian Cabinet by the end of Oct 2019.
Malaysia’s federal government will discuss the details of the RTS in order to meet the Oct 31 deadline.
Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport previously requested another month’s extension to finalize the details of the project without additional costs.
Construction of the RTS link has repeatedly been suspended following unsettled financing and operational agreements.
Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said that the Malaysian government “intends to proceed” with the project as a “long-term solution” to the traffic congestion between the two states.
“This is an indication of the government’s support for the project, but I cannot provide further details as it will be discussed and decided in the Cabinet within the next two weeks,” Lim said as quoted in a report by Malay Mail.
The Johor Bahru-Singapore RTS Link will be constructed to connect Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru to Woodlands in Singapore. The infrastructure is designed to ferry a capacity of up to 10,000 passengers every hour in each direction.
The original target operational date for the RTS Link is set for Dec 2024. -/TISG