Bus Rapid Transit System Project Launched at Progressive Johor Expo
It has been reported that the newly-launched Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system will serve as the spine of the public transportation system in Iskandar Malaysia during the next 20 years. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was quoted by the New Straits Times as saying, “BRT is a high quality bus-based transit system which would provide reliable, comfortable and cost-effective services.”
Datuk Seri Najib Razak continued by explaining to the New Straits Times that, "With the expected population and economic growth as well as increased job opportunities, I am confident that the BRT would become a catalyst for Iskandar Malaysia to be more competitive globally, and on par with other developed countries.”
According to the New Straits Times, the BRT system will be developed at a cost of RM2.56 billion with the Federal government providing RM1 billion of the funds, while the remaining funds is coming from a public-private partnership initiative.
"I was informed that the BRT will have elements of light rail transit or metro, which would make it quicker than regular bus services. We will ensure that the BRT system would be linked to the Rail Transit System (RTS), the High Speed Rail (HSR) and intercity bus service," commented Najib at the launch of the project.
The system, to be developed by Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) and the state government, is expected to be operational by 2021 and will cover 90 per cent of Iskandar Malaysia. The system will boast routes spanning 51 km and 39 stations.