JOHOR BARU: The construction of the Rapid Transit System Link (RTS) between Singapore and Johor is expected to be completed as scheduled in December 2026.
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Zarif Hashim said that the overall progression of the project has been encouraging with over 70% of the design work completed and it is expected to be finalised in the next few months.
“One of the key items or critical items for any project like this is land issues and land acquisition. However, within a short period of time, we were able to settle a lot of land issues, including for the land in Bukit Chagar.
“Normally things like this take about a year or two to settle but we were able to settle it within a short time frame and we are very encouraged by that. We are now trying to complete the land acquisition in the other part of the project, including Wadi Hana depot, which is expected to be completed by April, ” he said.
He said this in a virtual press conference after unveiling the design for the RTS Link Project’s Bukit Chagar station on Friday (Feb 19).
On the design, Mohd Zarif said that it was inspired by the centuries-old relationship between Johor Baru and Singapore that is expected to be further enhanced with the RTS Link between Johor Bahru and Singapore.
“The design was the Grand Prize winner of the PAM+MRT Corp RTS Link Station Façade Design Ideas Competition, organized jointly by MRT Corp and Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM), which ran from No 23,2020, till Jan 25,2021.
“The competition was the brainchild of Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar. The Sultan was also the patron of the competition and chairman of the jury panel, ” he said, adding that a total of 91 designs was submitted.
He added that the winning design, dubbed ‘The Integration of Two’ was submitted by a Johor Baru-based architect Chin Yee Chong from SM Architects Sdn Bhd who also walked home with RM250,000 in prize money.
Once the RTS is 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.