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Malaysia-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link Set To Be Finalized

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6-Feb-2013: Nanyang Siang Pau reported that both Malaysia and Singapore governments are expected to reach consensus on Malaysia-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link between Johor Bahru and Woodlands after the completion of the feasibility study during the bilateral meetings set to take place in Feb 18-19.

In May 2012, a consortium leads by Aecom Technology Corp was awarded a US$42 million (RM131.88 million) contract to conduct an architectural and engineering study for the proposed Malaysia-Singapore rapid transit system (RTS) link.

The contract was awarded by the Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and Singapore's Land Transport Authority.

The architectural and engineering consultancy study tender went to the consortium of AECOM Singapore, AECOM Perunding and SA Architects.

The study will be done in two phases.

In Phase 1, which is expected to be completed by end-2012, the consultant will look into technical parameters and propose options for the Link.

In Phase 2, the Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) for Iskandar Malaysia will decide on the option that will be studied further.

The terminating stations of the RTS link, which is targeted to be in operation by 2019, 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, i.e. Woodlands North Station. Thomson Line is set to cater for 400,000 commuters daily.

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