Malaysia-Singapore RTS Link on Track for 2027 Launch, Affirms Transport Minister

The Malaysian government has expressed satisfaction with the current progress of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project, a pivotal transport connection between Johor Bahru and Singapore, anticipating its full operation by January 1, 2027.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook, in a statement, reiterated the commitment of both Malaysia and Singapore to the success of this multi-billion ringgit venture. Regular discussions between the two countries have been instrumental in ensuring smooth progress. “We are very confident that the RTS Link will commence operations as planned on January 1, 2027,” Loke stated.

During a joint press conference with Singapore’s Acting Minister of Transport Chee Hong Tat, following the completion of the connecting span at the marine viaduct, Loke commended the efforts of both Malaysian and Singaporean teams. “The work progress is on schedule, and we are committed to making this project a success,” he said.

Providing an update on the project’s milestones, Loke noted that the construction of the RTS Link’s marine viaduct between Johor Bahru and Singapore is 68% complete. The terrestrial viaduct construction, which began on March 22, 2023,

is also making significant strides with 31% completion. Additionally, the station construction has reached 41% completion. He also mentioned the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex building, for which the piling work is finished, and the superstructure progress stands at 3.22%.

Regarding the fare structure for the RTS Link, Minister Loke assured that it would be competitive. “The fare will be set to ensure a seamless journey for travelers from both countries, significantly reducing travel time as immigration clearance will be conducted at one station. This efficiency is a key advantage of the RTS Link,” he explained.

In a symbolic gesture underscoring bilateral commitment, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently signed a plaque marking the construction progress of the project.

The RTS Link, a 4km commuter rail network, will feature two stations – one at Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru and another at Woodlands North in Singapore. Designed to handle up to 10,000 passengers per hour in each direction, the rail link is expected to offer a swift and comfortable journey, covering the distance between the two stations in approximately five minutes.

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