In 2024, A New SG-JB Rapid Transit System Train Will Carry 10,000 Passengers Across The Causeway Per Hour


Oh hello, welcome to another episode of the future. In today’s article, we are looking at something that will come true in 2024.

2024 is 6 years away and maybe I might not live to see that day. But for those who are full of life and vigour, here’s the news to digest:

Singapore-JB Rapid Transit System (RTS) to begin passenger service by 2024

We all know how insane the jam at the Causeway is. Not that governments from both sides aren’t doing anything about it. In fact, the KTMB Tebrau shuttle has increased its initial 14 daily trips in 2016 to 26 daily trips as of June 2017 to cope with the demand.

They are also planning to increase the number to 36 “within the next few years”, according to Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Mr Khaw Boon Wan.

But deep down, we know this ain’t enough to meet the demand. The long-term solution? Create a Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link that will contain up to 10,000 passengers in each direction every hour.

Here’s the frequency to ease traffic: Commuters can hop on a train every 8 minutes on average. During peak periods, trains will eventually arrive every 4 minutes on average.

Singapore has confirmed that its RTS terminus will be located at Woodlands North Station, along the Thomson-East Coast MRT line, while Malaysia has chosen Bukit Chagar Station as its main terminal for the RTS.


Talk about convenience, those who are transferring from the Thomson-East Coast Line to RTS Link Station can do so via an underground link, without needing to exit the station.

And to make things even better, the RTS Link, which will cross the Straits of Johor via a 25m-high bridge, will have joint customs and immigration at both terminus stations. This means that we will need to clear customs and immigration ONLY ONCE.

And once the RTS is up and running, we will bid goodbye (within 6 months) to the existing KTMB Tebrau shuttle who has worked very hard to serve the nations in the past years.


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SMRT in the picture


If there’s something for Singaporeans to ‘make noise’ about, that’s because our much-adored SMRT is in the picture.

According to the Straits Times, The RTS Link will be run by a joint venture formed by rail operators SMRT and Prasarana Malaysia, for the first concession period of 30 years.

These operators will “design, build, finance, operate, maintain and renew the RTS Link operating assets like trains, tracks and systems”. I foresee more closures on our local MRT tracks since more manpower is needed to make the RTS Link a reality in 2024.

No turning back

The word has been spoken, the ink has been leaked, Singapore and Malaysia have signed the legally binding bilateral agreement today (16 January) in the midst of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.


We are now looking forward to the building of the RTS Link in 2019, which is set to be completed by 31 December 2024.

RTS Link: JB and Singapore

See how the Rapid Transit System Link can reduce congestion at border crossings between Singapore and Malaysia when it starts end-2024.

Posted by The Straits Times on Tuesday, 1 August 2017

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