The final decision on the upcoming Malaysia-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) link project connecting Johor Bahru to the city-state will be made next year, according to a report by The Star.
At present, Malaysia and Singapore are undertaking the joint-engineering study for the project, said Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, CEO of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)
The study looked into various factors that will affect the project such as multimodal terminal locations, CIQ matters (customs, immigration, and quarantine), alignments and other critical perimeters.
"Once it is completed, both governments will make a decision on the preferred alignments."
He revealed that there are two options for the RTS project linking Singapore and Johor Bahru - the trains could either run above ground or through undersea tunnel. Should the undersea tunnel be chosen, the parties will have to decide whether it will be a bore tunnel or a sunken tunnel.
Given that the project is situated near Singapore and Malaysia's (CIQ) complexes, the undersea tunnel is considered more favourable since it will cause minimal disruptions to traffic during construction, explained Ismail.
"The final outcome on what kind of link will be built will all depend on the recommendations of the study for the consideration of the two governments involved as well as costing," added Ismail.
Moreover, the terminating stations of the project will be located in Johor Bahru Sentral and in the vicinity of Singapore's Republic Polytechnic, announced a joint statement by the two governments.
The RTS link is expected to be fully operational by 2018.
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