JOHOR BARU: Johor’s capital city will offer tram services within the next three years if the plan materialises.
“Next time, when you want to hop on a tram, come and visit Johor Baru,” said Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian.
“The state government is currently exploring the proposal to introduce the tram services with the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda).
“This project is part of our long-term plan to improve public transportation within Iskandar Malaysia,” he said during his visit to the Johor Baru district office.
Osman said Istanbul and San Francisco were two cities in the world where trams had successfully served as a mode of transportation for residents and tourists. Istanbul is a sister city of Johor Baru.
“With the introduction of tram services in Iskandar Malaysia, authorities can reduce the number of public buses entering downtown Johor Baru,” he said.
“Buses are taking a lot of space in downtown. Trams, meanwhile, will also be less polluting.”
Irda chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said the proposed tram services would cover areas like Medini Iskandar Puteri, Pasir Gudang and part of Kulai.
Separately, Osman said the Transport Ministry had agreed in principle to utilise the railway track from Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Gelang Patah to Pasir Gudang for commuter service.
He said the track for cargo trains was underutilised, and commuter service would improve connectivity between Gelang Patah and Pasir Gudang.