17 April 2011

Intra City Train services in Iskandar Malaysia, will it work?

Recent news copied from link below: http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=121591

"Johor Chief Minister Datuk Haji Abdul Ghani Othman has approved the proposed RM1.23 billion modern intra-city commuter train service network for Iskandar Malaysia.

According to a press release yesterday, the approval was given to Metropolitan Commuter Network Sdn. Bhd. (MCN), a joint venture company between KUB Malaysia Bhd and Malaysia Steel Works (KL) Bhd.

The intra-city train service entailed the building of seven new stations and 16 halts connecting all major suburbs in Iskandar Malaysia. The commuter service would cover over 100 kilometres of rail network and serve all major upcoming Tipping Point developments such as the Johor Premium Outlet, Legoland Malaysia, Educity, Hi-Tech Park-Senai, and Lake Hill Resort City.

The project was envisaged to provide a shuttle service from JB Sentral to Woodlands, Singapore. It was forecasted that project would have an annual ridership of over 30 million people, once operational."

My point here is the success of the commuter train service network will work only if the train service network can link to Woodlands Singapore. There are quite a number of residents travel and
work in Singapore everyday from Johor Bahru. If the commuter train service network can connect to Woodlands, and the government can shortern the time from JB custom to Singapore Custom, I believe it will attract more people to reside in JB, especially after seeing propety price shoot a rocket high after

As a Johorean, I sincerely wish that the public transport system can be enhanced to be on par with Singapore. It will attract more foreigners who are traveling to Singapore to travel to JB, especially some of the hotspot such as Legoland, Johor Premium Outlet, Nusajaya and JB town etc.

I believe JB can be a better place to live afte 10 years later. Malaysia government should not just solely invest in Klang Valley but to invest in other states to achieve a balance growth.

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