LRT system best answer to Johor Baru’s congestion woes, says Malaysia Rail Industry Corporation

KUALA LUMPUR, — Johor Baru needs a modern and efficient rail public transport system to cater to the city’s development as a major urban centre, said Malaysia Rail Industry Corporation (MARIC) president Datuk Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman.

With traffic congestion already chronic and entrenched, he said alternatives such as the light rail transit (LRT) proposal could be a holistic response to the problem, rather than piecemeal efforts such as more road infrastructure.

“If you look at single solution, if that’s the thing, you start building flyovers, start building roads, yes, for a while it can solve (the congestion), but you need a long-term solution,” Mohd Yusoff told Malay Mail in an interview.

He also said any lasting solution must seek to address the heavy influx of vehicles from Singapore during weekends and public holidays, and explained that a LRT system could eventually integrate with a high-speed rail (HSR) to offer road users a complete end-to-end alternative.

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