RTSO awarded nine contracts worth RM1 billion for Johor Bahru-Singapore RTS

Johor Bahru, Malaysia; image by Jay Nong

Kuala Lumpur, 20 May 2021 – Rapid Transit System (RTS) Operations Pte Ltd (RTSO), the operator of RTS Link, recently awarded nine contracts worth a total of approximately RM1 billion. Slated to be completed by end 2026, the RTS Link will provide better and faster connectivity for communities living and working on both sides of the Causeway.

YB Datuk Mohd Farid bin Mohd Adnan, Chairman of RTSO, said, “We understand the strategic importance of the RTS Link in bringing about significant economic and social benefits on both sides of the Causeway, which not long ago was one of the busiest land border crossings in the world. Together with CEO Shamsul Rizal Md Yusof, who came onboard in September 2020, the RTSO board and management are fully committed to deliver the RTS project despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

RTSO recently awarded nine contracts worth a total of RM1 billion. Four of the contracts are for core systems. CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co Ltd was awarded the contract for Rolling Stock. Siemens Mobility Sdn Bhd and Siemens Mobility Pte Ltd were awarded the contract for Signalling and Platform Screen Doors. Sapura Rail Systems Sdn Bhd was awarded the contract for the remaining two core systems: The Communications System and the Integrated Supervisory Control System.

Earlier on, a systems consultancy contract was awarded to engineering firm CH2M Services Sdn Bhd to deliver consultancy services for the design, manufacturing, delivery, testing and commissioning of all systems for the RTS line.

Shamsul Rizal Md Yusof, CEO of RTSO, said, “We are pleased with the outcome of the tender exercise. There is a good mix of local and international players working together to make the RTS Link a success.”

RTSO is the joint venture company formed in 2020 by Prasarana Malaysia Bhd (Prasarana) and SMRT Corporation Ltd (SMRT). A Singapore incorporated company, RTSO will own, design, build, finance and manage the RTS Link operating assets including trains, tracks and systems. This company will also operate and maintain the rail line between Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and Woodlands North in Singapore, including the Wadi Hana depot in Johor Bahru.

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