JOHOR BARU: Traffic congestion coming into the city centre is expected to ease after the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) introduced its Car Free Day that will be held once every month.
Mayor Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamed Dewam said traffic jams within the city area have become notoriously bad due to high amount of vehicles in particular cars travelling into or from here.
He added that with the massive development project and huge amount of investments pouring into Iskandar Malaysia, it had caused a rise in population.
“This has resulted in high amount of cars coming into the city centre and that city council was looking at ways to help ease the congestion within its area of jurisdiction.
“The Car Free Day will help ease traffic jams in the city centre as several roads around here would be closed for several hours.
“No cars will be allowed in during the period and the council will also be promoting healthier lifestyle such as bicycle rides, jogging, and even street soccer to the public,” he said after launching the programme here on Feb 14.
Abdul Rahman also added that MBJB would also be reviewing its traffic system to help ease the traffic flow within the city area.
He pointed out that the state government was also looking at the possibility of having the tram service such as monorail or LRT service to decrease the traffic congestion in the long run.
“The tram service is also to support the high-speed train between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
“This is part of the initiatives introduced by the government to help Johor Baru become a world class city within the next five years,” he said.