70% of JB-Singapore RTS Link to Be Achieved by December Next Year

The 4km cross-border railway project to come into full completion by 2026

State Works, Transport and Infrastructure Committee chairman Mohamad Fazli Mohamad Salleh - image credits Fazli Salleh Facebook page

The Johor government hopes to have the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link at 70% completion by December of next year.

Mohamad Fazli Mohamad Salleh, chairman of the State Works, Transport, and Infrastructure Committee, stated that work on the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex is scheduled to reach 50% completion in the same time frame.

“As of 30th May, the project has achieved 17% completion. The RTS Link project is scheduled to be fully completed by December 2026 and will begin operation on the 1st of January 2027,” he said during the Second Meeting of the First Session of the 15th Johor State Legislative Assembly at the Sultan Ismail Building on the 22nd of June.

He was responding to a query from Stulang assemblyman Chen Kah Eng about the progress of RTS construction in the state.

According to Mohamad Fazli, the state government is in the process of forming a Public Transport Integration Committee in Johor Bahru to coordinate the flow of people using the RTS.

“Among the systems that will be integrated are the bus system, namely the Bus Muafakat Johor service and commercial buses, the Iskandar Rapid Transit system, the Gemas-Johor Bahru Electric Double Track Project and the proposed Johor Bahru Light Rail Transit (LRT) development.

“The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) is also planning to develop a centralised car park at Plaza Seni and the Danga City Mall,” he said.

The RTS line is a 4-kilometre cross-border railway project that connects the Singapore terminal at Woodlands North station to the Malaysian terminal in Bukit Chagar, Johor Bahru.

The RTS network, when finished, will be capable of carrying 10,000 passengers per hour in each direction.

Meanwhile, Mohamad Fazli told reporters outside the state legislature that the state administration has agreed to perform a feasibility study on LRT services in the city.

“The LRT services will involve the governance of local authorities such as MBJB, the Iskandar Puteri City Council, Pasir Gudang City Council and Kulai Municipal Council,” he said.