The Development of RM2.56 Billion Bus Rapid Transit in the Iskandar Region
ISKANDAR PUTERI, Oct 7 (Bernama) — The federal government will contribute RM1 billion towards the development of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) while the rest, amounting to RM1.56 billion, would be financed via a Private Public Partnership, according to the National News Agency.
Announcing this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the BRT project, under the concept of inclusiveness and sustainability, worth RM2.56 billion, would be developed by the federal government via Iskandar Regional Development authority (IRDA) and the Johor state government.
Inter & Last Mile Connectivity
Najib said that he was made to understand that BRT contained the same features as the Light Rail Transit or metro, which is faster compared to normal bus services.
“It will be ensured that the development of the BRT system will have smooth links to Rail Transit System (RTS), High Speed Rail, KTM Commuter and inter-town bus terminals.”
He said BRT was expected to be operational in 2021 covering 90 per cent of Iskandar Malaysia with a 51 km route through 39 stations.
“With the expectations of increase in populace and economic growth to simultaneously boost job opportunities, I am confident that BRT would become a catalyst to spur Iskandar Malaysia to a more competitive level globally on par with other developed nations,” said the Prime Minister.