Calling of Tender for Malaysia-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS Link) Engineering Study on 18 Nov 2011

News Releases 16 Nov 2011 Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link

In Dec 2010, the Malaysia - Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee[1] (JMC) for Iskandar Malaysia agreed to carry out a joint engineering study to determine the technical parameters for the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link in order to achieve a convenient and cost effective system that is well-integrated with transport services on both sides. The technical work group that was set up in June 2011 has finalised the Terms of Reference (TOR) to appoint a consultant to develop possible alignments and proposals for the RTS Link.

2. The JMC has appointed the Malaysia Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (Land Public Transport Commission) and Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) to jointly call for the tender for Architectural and Engineering Consultancy services to develop possible alignments and proposals for the RTS Link.

3. The tender will be called on 18 November 2011 in both Singapore and Malaysia. On 18 November 2011, interested parties can access the tender documents via GeBIZ (www.gebiz.gov.sg), or via collection from: 

Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)
#G-01, Block 8, Danga Bay
Jalan Skudai 80200 Johor Bahru

About the Johor Bahru - Singapore Rapid Transit System

At their Retreat in May 2010, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak agreed to jointly develop a Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link aimed at enhancing connectivity between Iskandar Malaysia and Singapore.

The terminating stations of the RTS link will be in the vicinity of JB Sentral, Johor Bahru and in the vicinity of Republic Polytechnic, Singapore. The RTS link is planned to integrate with Singapore's Thomson Line at its northernmost terminal station.

It is targeted that the RTS link will be operational by 2018. The RTS link will have a co-located CIQ facility in Singapore and another co-located CIQ facility in Johor Bahru so that commuters need to clear immigration at a single location for each way of travel.


[1] The establishment of the JMC was first announced by the Prime Ministers of Malaysia and Singapore in Langkawi, Kedah following their meeting in May 2007, with the aim of facilitating cooperation between the two countries in relation to Iskandar Malaysia.

Jointly chaired by YB Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Malaysia and H.E. Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development, Singapore, the JMC also includes as members the Chief Mininister of Johor, YAB Dato' Haji Abdul Ghani Othman and H.E. Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, Singapore.

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