RTS Rapid Transit System

JOHOR BARU: Talks between Malaysia and Singapore on the proposed Malaysia-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) link are still ongoing.

Iskandar Region Transportation Corp chairman Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi said in a joint-announcement on the project would be made once both parties had agreed to it.

“This issue is the prerogative of the two Governments, and we at the state level will give our full cooperation to the project,” he said after attending the Johor Baru Federation of Registered Taxi Association’s fifth AGM yesterday.

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He said the state government had identified the location of the RTS linking Johor Baru and Singapore but declined to give the exact location of the station here.

Abdul Latiff, who is also in charge of the Housing and Local Government executive committee, said it would be premature for the state government to announce the location, as it would be made by the Federal Government. “There is a one-year time frame to study the project, and whatever decision made by Malaysia and Singapore would benefit both countries,” he said.

Abdul Latiff said Johor, and in particular Iskandar Malaysia, would benefit from the project, as the link would improve accessibility and connectivity between the island-state and Johor Baru.

Meanwhile, Iskandar Regional Development Authority chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said that Malaysia and Singapore had a one-year time frame to make an announcement on the project.

The one-year time frame is from December 2012 to November 2013.

The RTS is targeted to be up and operating by 2018 with a co-located facility in Singapore and Johor Baru so that commuters need to clear immigration only once for each way of travel.

Source: The Star on 19 June 2013

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