Soon day trips to Johor Bahru in Malaysia will be a lot easier. The Johor Bahru – Singapore Rapid Transport System Link is slated to start passenger services by the end of 2026. The project reached a construction milestone this past December with a completion of more than 65% of civil infrastructure on the Malaysian side.
Singapore – Johor Bahru RTS Link
Prime Ministers of both countries met at the Straits of Johor on January 11 to commemorate the completion of the connection span over the sea. The transport ministers of both Malaysia and Singapore said in a joint statement that the Singapore – Johor Bahru Rapid Transport System Link is more than two-thirds complete on the Singapore side, and more than 65% finished on the Malaysian side.
The new cross-border rail link is a 4km quick rail shuttle service between Bukit Chagar Station in Johor Bahru and Woodlands North Station in Singapore. It will carry up to 10,000 passenger per hour in each direct when it opens. In turn, this will help traffic congestion on the causeway.
Particularly, the prominent 17.1 metre long connection span is a strong steel structure, with 12 pile caps, for the RTS Link from Malaysia’s Pier 47 to Singapore’s Pier 48 – sitting at more than 26 metres above sea level.
Five minute journeys
Delightfully, the trains will operate every four minutes from 6am to midnight during peak hours. The journey takes around five minutes between the two stations. Notably, passengers will be expected to clear immigration at the departure point.
Originally, the passenger service was set to open in December 2024 but production differences caused a six month delay in construction. Although, remaining works on both sides of the border are progressing well. Nevertheless, all travellers will soon be able to enjoy a fast travel experience between Singapore and Johor Bahru as well as quick connections to other MRT stations. Learn more about the RTS Link via the Fact Sheet on the Land Transport Authority website.
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