THE Johor government is targeting the progress of the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link to reach 70% by December next year.
State Works, Transport and Infrastructure Committee chairman Mohamad Fazli Salleh said works on the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) complex are expected to be 50% complete in the same period.
“As of May 30, progress is at 17%. The RTS Link is expected to be fully completed in December 2026 and will begin operation on January 1, 2027,” he said during the Second Meeting of the First Session of the 15th Johor Assembly at the Sultan Ismail Building today.
He was replying to a question from Chen Kah Eng (PH-Stulang) on the status of the RTS Link.
Fazli said the state government is now in the planning stage of establishing a Public Transport Integration Committee in Johor Baru to plan the movement of passengers using the RTS Link.
“Among the systems that will be integrated are the bus routes, namely, the Bus Muafakat Johor service and commercial buses and the Iskandar Rapid Transit system, and the Gemas-Johor Baru Electric Double Track Project as well as the proposed Johor Baru Light Rail Transit (LRT) development.
“The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) is also planning to develop a centralised car park at Plaza Seni and Danga City Mall,” he said.
The RTS line is a 4km cross-border railway project connecting the terminal in Singapore at Woodlands North station to the Malaysian terminal at Bukit Chagar, Johor Baru.
Once completed, the RTS network will be able to carry 10,000 passengers per hour in each direction.
When met outside the assembly sitting, Fazli said the state government had agreed to conduct a feasibility study for an LRT service in the city.
“The LRT service will involve the governance of local authorities such as MBJB, Iskandar Puteri City Council, Pasir Gudang City Council, and Kulai Municipal Council,” he said. – Bernama, June 22, 2022.