KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 2020: The construction of Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) is expected to start in January next year.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong told the parliament today that the RM3.2 billion project was expected to be completed before the end of 2026.
He said the signing ceremony of the agreements between Malaysia and Singapore on the project has been scheduled for July 30 at the Causeway, and will be witnessed by the prime ministers of both countries.
“The construction of this RTS Link is expected to begin soon after the appropriate approvals were obtained in January 2021 and is expected to start operating at the end of 2026.
“The construction of this RTS Link will continue in two phases namely from the beginning of 2021 to the end of 2024 phase of development and construction of civil structures.
“While from the beginning of 2025 to the end of 2026 is the phase of system construction such as signaling, rolling stock, telecommunications, commissioning and also system testing,” said Wee.
Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir (Johor Baru-PKR) had asked Wee on the status of negotiations over the RTS project between Malaysia and Singapore.
The 4-km RTS rail link will connect Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru to Woodlands in Singapore with the capability of carrying up to 10,000 passengers per hour for each direction.