A task team has been formed to find measures to minimise traffic congestion on the Johor Causeway, particularly on weekends.
According to Johor Menteri Besar, Onn Hafiz Ghazi from his Facebook page, congestion must be alleviated while the Singapore-Johor Bahru Rapid Transit System (RTS) link project is expected to be completed by 2026.
Onn Hafiz, who was accompanied by Singapore transport minister S Iswaran on his visit to the RTS Woodlands North Terminus project site, said the establishment of the task force was a short-term solution to ease the congestion.
According to media sources, the Johor Causeway is often used by approximately 300,000 Malaysians every day, making it the region’s busiest border crossing route.
Since Sunday, Onn Hafiz has been in Singapore for a three-day official visit. After being named Menteri Besar in March, this is his first official visit to the country.
He expressed confidence that the contemporary transportation system, which is slated to be completed in four years, will be able to alleviate the traffic congestion on the Johor Causeway.
“I am also confident that when the RTS project is ready, it will bring economic benefits to the people and Johor, especially Johor Bahru,” he said.
The RTS Link is a 4km rail shuttle service that runs between Woodlands North station in Singapore and Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
In each direction, it will transport up to 10,000 passengers each hour.
The RTS Link would provide passengers with a quick and seamless journey between Singapore and Johor Bahru. Between the two stations, the ride will take roughly five minutes.
Systra SA, Minconsult Sdn Bhd, and Bureau Veritas Singapore Pte Ltd were recently designated as the project’s independent verification and validation (IV&V) agency by both countries.
The IV&V agent will guarantee that the project is completed in accordance with all safety standards and criteria.