Malaysia Confident RTS Link With Singapore Will Operate On January 1, 2027 – Anthony Loke

Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced the Malaysian government’s confidence that the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link connecting Malaysia and Singapore will commence full operations on January 1, 2027. Loke stated that the project’s development is progressing on schedule, emphasising the commitment of both countries to its success.

As of now, the marine viaduct construction for the RTS Link has reached a 68% completion rate. The terrestrial viaduct stands at 31%, the station construction at 41%, and the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex at 3.22%. Loke expressed a 100% confidence level that the RTS Link project will proceed smoothly to meet its operational date.

“The RTS Link project’s marine viaduct construction has reached a 68 per cent completion rate.” he said.

“At the same time, the construction progress rate of the terrestrial viaduct is at 31 per cent, the station construction is at 41 per cent and the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex is at 3.22 per cent.”

“We are 100 per cent confident that the RTS Link project will progress smoothly and will be able to start operations on January 1, 2027,” said Loke at a press conference after the span completion ceremony connecting Malaysia and Singapore for the RTS Link project in Johor today.” he added.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officiated the span completion ceremony, symbolising the link between Malaysia and Singapore for the RTS project. Loke commended the dedication and hard work of the RTS Link teams from both countries.

The fares for the RTS Link will be disclosed closer to the completion date, assured Loke. “The fare rate will be set by the responsible parties and will be made known before the RTS Link is operational,”.

He emphasised that the fare rates would be competitive and attractively priced to ensure a comfortable cross-border journey, with the integration of immigration checks at a single location being a key feature.

Regarding connectivity improvements, Loke stated that the federal government is open to proposals, including ferry services, but such initiatives require mutual agreement due to various components like infrastructure, facilities, and CIQ issues.

The RTS Link, estimated to cost RM10 billion upon completion, aims to alleviate traffic congestion on the Johor Causeway, one of the world’s busiest border crossings.

The project is expected to serve approximately 10,000 passengers per hour each way, contributing to the enhancement of bilateral ties and benefiting the Johor-Singapore Special Economic Zone initiative.

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