NUSAJAYA: The state Opposition leaders have suggested 10 short-term alternatives to overcome the transportation issues in the state.
Johor DAP policy director Wong Shu Qi suggested for a state transportation fund to be established, taking 50% of the vehicle entry permit fees charges for transportation infrastructures.
Pakatan also proposed that the toll rates at the Tebrau straits should be reduced and eventually demolished.
“The state government also should reduce the toll rate for the second and third class vehicles (heavy vehicles) at the Second Link as an incentive for the heavy vehicles to start using the route, which will help ease the traffic congestion.
“More Immigration counters should also be created at the Tuas checkpoint to cater to the needs of the increasing heavy vehicles using the route,” she told reporters when met during a break at the 13th State Assembly Sitting at Kota Iskandar on May 13.
Wong also said that the double track railway line should be completed first before proceeding with the High Speed Rail (HSR) system to benefit the public as the HSR system is aimed at catering to the upper class community.
“The public bus network should also be planned simultaneously and in line with the Rapid Transit System and HSR,” she added.
Pakatan also backed the proposal for the construction for a third route between Johor and Singapore but suggested that it should be carried out via open party tender.
“We want the state to have a masterplan for transportation development that includes aspects such as traffic and transportation infrastructure, the land use, inter-town and inter-regional travel including Singapore, financial as well as future planning.
Pakatan later handed a memorandum on the suggestion to Johor Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad for further actions.