TODAY Online - Rapid transit system link to connect Woodlands and JB via high bridge

Bilateral agreement on the RTS Link slated to be signed by end 2017.

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The proposed Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link will connect Woodlands and Johor Baru via a high bridge across the Straits of Johor, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said yesterday following a leaders’ retreat with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The two leaders also announced that a bilateral agreement on the RTS Link could be signed by the end of next year.

Speaking at a joint press conference, Mr Najib said a high bridge was the “most cost-effective solution”.

A joint statement by the two leaders said the RTS will be operated by a “corporate entity”, and fares will be market-based and set by the operator. The governments will not regulate the fares, they added.

The RTS Link will connect Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru and Woodlands North in Singapore, where passengers can transfer to the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL). The link will use four core TEL systems — trains, signalling system, communication system and Int egrated Supervisory Control System — for economies of scale. The 43km TEL is scheduled to open in stages from 2019.

When completed, the RTS Link will improve connectivity and reduce congestion at the border crossings of Malaysia and Singapore, the two leaders said.

Source: TODAY Online

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