Johor folk all on board for transit project to Singapore


JOHOR BARU: The launch of the Rapid Transit System Link (RTS) between Johor Baru and Singapore has brought excitement to many here as they have been waiting for the rail project for more than a decade.

Businessman S. Sures, 48, is glad to see the project progress.

“It will really help improve connectivity and allow Johor, especially its city Johor Baru, to benefit from the higher number of visitors from Singapore entering through the RTS.

“Most local businesses are highly dependent on visitors from Singapore.

“The RTS will definitely bring positive economic growth to the state, including for small businesses like mine, ” said the owner of a shop selling clothes and textiles.

“Easy access to public transportation across the border will help the state recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It will probably take years for us to recover.

“If the project is completed as scheduled, which is by 2026, it can help us rebuild the economy, ” he said.

Restaurant owner, Tan Kim Hock, 58, anticipated the RTS Link would bring more customers from the island republic to his shop, as well as making it easier for him to visit his family members in Singapore.

“The congestion at the Causeway and Second Link has been a huge problem.

“I have, at times, cancelled trips to Singapore due to the traffic. I hope the RTS Link can end my travel woes, ” he said.

Taxi driver Abdul Razak Abd Rahman, 57, said the RTS would help boost the tourism industry in Johor.

“I think it would not only bring positive spillover impacts on Johor Baru but also other districts in the state, such as Mersing and Kota Tinggi, that are famous for its beaches and islands, ” he said.

Primary school teacher Ngoi Fee Min, 38, said the RTS was highly anticipated as it meant that those working in Singapore could come home more often without having to sit through hours of traffic on the Causeway.

She said, her husband, a technical team manager, commuted to and fro between Johor Baru and Singapore daily but decided to stay in the island republic, as he got tired of the traffic jam.

“Hopefully with the RTS, my husband can move back home and we can spend more time together as a family.

“Besides that, students who study in Singapore can also benefit from this as they do not need to wake up at 3am or 4am just to beat the jam to travel across the Causeway, ” said Ngoi, a mother-of-two.

Once completed, the journey between Bukit Chagar station in Johor and Woodlands North station in Singapore will only take five minutes.

The RTS can ferry up to 288,000 people per day.

Malaysia – through the Transport Ministry – will be forking out RM3.715bil or 39% of the total cost of the 4km link project, with the balance to be borne by Singapore.

Those commuting with the RTS Link would only have to go through Immigration clearance once at the point of departure – either at Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru or Woodlands in Singapore.

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