JOHOR BARU: Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) has received a proposal by Metropolitan Commuter Network Sdn Bhd (MCN) to develop a RM1.23bil intra-city commuter train (ICCT) service for Iskandar Malaysia.
In a statement yesterday, it said the company had proposed to develop the rail network covering 100km to serve all the major suburbs in the economic growth corridor.
MCN is a joint-venture company between KUB Malaysia Bhd and Malaysia Steel Works (KL) Bhd and the company had proposed to the Government to construct and operate the rail transit network in Iskandar Malaysia.
“The project will have an annual ridership of over 30 million people, once operational,'' said Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who is also IRDA co-chairman.
The ICCT is expected to start operations by 2013, with total deployment of 19 three-car trains,
Under the proposal, seven new stations will be built along the route together with 16 halts and the rail network will also include a shuttle service from JB Sentral to Woodlands in Singapore.
Among the areas covered by the service include Nusajaya with major developments such as Legoland Theme Park Malaysia and EduCity, and the Malaysian Premium Outlet and Senai Hi-Tech Park in Senai-Kulai.
Abdul Ghani said the ICCT project was in line with the targets set by National Key Result Area under the Economic Transformation Plan and the Iskandar Malaysia transportation blueprint.
“All major commercial developments are to benefit from the proposed rail network system and it will also unlock the property values along the routes,'' he said.
Meanwhile, IRDA chief executive officer Ismail Ibrahim said an efficient feeder bus system would support the rail network to reach full and optimum capacity to service commuters.
He said the commuter network to be based in Kempas Baru was expected to create an economic spill-over within the vicinity and generate employment opportunities in the tourism, property development and retail sectors.
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