In my opinion, High Speed Rail (HSR) KL – SG is NOT going to benefit JB the most. It’s great for both KL and SG but it will bring benefit to the many towns along the route. The reason is because majority of Singaporeans have no car and with a working HSR, they are now connected to more places for excursions, vacations or exploration. So, when people asked me if they should buy into JB / Iskandar because of HSR, the answer is No. There are many good reasons to buy JB / Iskandar but a HSR station is just another reason, not the game-changer. However, the connectivity within Iskandar can definitely be improved because that will also help people to move into newer townships for example. There’s now a proposal for a BRT as HSR replacement for Gerbang Nusajaya.
Article in themalaysianreserve.com: UEM Sunrise proposes BRT as HSR station replacement UEM Sunrise Bhd proposed a Bus Rail Transit (BRT) at its Gerbang Nusajaya development project instead of the HSR station. Its project director Zamri Yusof said this is to increase connectivity. He said they are mot affected by the HSR being postponed as they have facilities and infrastructure within the development. He said the current road infrastructure in Gerbang Nusajaya, whereby an HSR station was formerly proposed for, is compatible with the BRT design. UEM Sunrise had to review the transit-oriented development masterplan to determine an alternative for the 70-acre empty land planned for the Gerbang Nusajaya HSR station. Its CMO Kenny Wong Koon Keng said 76% of UEM Sunrise’s current developable landbank are in Johor, of which 49% are in Iskandar Puteri and the remaining in Desaru, Kulai and Mersing. He added that a project in Desaru is targeted for a third-quarter (3Q) launch this year. Article in themalaysianreserve.com: UEM Sunrise proposes BRT as HSR station replacement
I think this BRT proposal should go ahead. Better connectivity is always a bonus. HSR is said to be having a new completion date of after 2030. My personal belief is that HSR will happen sooner and may not be that far away from the originally proposed date; 2026. It’s been months that I have not visited JB. Perhaps another trip is due. BRT could be ready in a short period of time because you just need buses and stops. (and financing) They (BRT) will usually utilise the existing roads and also having a station where all these buses could start and stop. Happy understanding.
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Article written and edited by Charles. News article summarised by Dina Batrisyia.
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