Published: Monday February 18, 2013 MYT 4:16:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 18, 2013 MYT 5:35:47 PM
Anifah Aman: Malaysia, Singapore to decide this year on link options
By NELSON BENJAMIN
SINGAPORE: Malaysia and Singapore will decide this year on the preferred option for the Rapid Transit System (RTS) linking Johor Baru and the republic.
It is learnt that the options for the RTS rail network include building a bridge or an underground tunnel across the Johor Straits.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said a study on the project was carried out in November last year and both countries have 12 months to decide on the findings.
Phase 1 of the Joint Engineering Study (JES) was to identify the alignment and station options with detailed assessment for the RTS.
Anifah was speaking to reporters before the two-day visit to Singapore of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak starting Monday.
Singapore had earlier announced that its Thomson mass rapid transit (MRT) line would be opened in stages from 2019.
The 30km line will run through the north-south corridor of the island republic, starting in Woodlands, the area closest to Johor Baru via the Causeway.
It will pass through industrial, residential and shopping districts before ending at Marina Bay.
The whole S$18bil (RM44bil) line will be completely underground and is expected to serve 400,000 commuters daily.