JOHOR BARU: Tram services are likely to be introduced as options for Jalan Wong Ah Fook to transport people into the city and discourage them from driving.
Johor Baru Mayor Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamed Dewam said Johor Baru could learn from other cities where tram services were part of the public transportation services.
He singled out San Francisco and Istanbul as these two cities the tram services have successfully served as transportation modes for locals and tourists.
Abdul Rahman said the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) was looking at the tram services as part of the Johor Baru city centre transformation project.
“For the transformation project to succeed, the Johor Baru city centre has to be pedestrianised instead of having vehicular traffic,” he told StarMetro recently.
Abdul Rahman said this at the launch of the 30-storey luxurious condominium project Causeway Regency @ JB City Centre located along Jalan Wong Ah Fook by Bangsar Heights Pavilion Sdn Bhd.
He said looking at some of the vibrant cities in the world, the trend now was to attract pedestrians that businesses and landowners found to be greater contributors to economic activities in the areas.
“We need to discuss further with the state government and Iskandar Regional Development Authority on the proposal to introduce the tram services here,” said Abdul Rahman.
Abdul Rahman who returned from a working visit to Shanghai with Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin recently said MBJB could also learn from the Chinese city on how to manage its traffic systems.
“Shanghai is many times bigger than Johor Baru in terms of size and population but the public transportation system there is efficient,” he added.
Separately, Abdul Rahman said Sungai Segget will be the “gem of the city” within the next two years under a major transformation project.
He said the 1.2km river which flows along Jalan Wong Ah Fook in downtown Johor Baru would be turned into a new tourist attraction in the city centre.
“The opening up and cleaning of Sungai Segget marks the ambitious plan to transform Johor Baru into a vibrant city within the next five to seven years,” said Abdul Rahman.