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Ticket prices for a one-way trip between KL and Singapore on the proposed KL-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) line could cost commuters “less than RM200,” according to a report by the News Straits Times, citing Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

Return trip tickets, on the other hand, could cost “under RM400” to “accommodate all market segments, including business and leisure travellers,” according to Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal, CEO of SPAD. “We foresee a much lower average price to make the HSR project feasible. Although the return on investment will take a longer time, the operator will have several options to recoup its investment in the project,” he added.

In Singapore, prices are expected to hover around S$80-90 (RM215-RM242) for a trip, though it is unclear as to whether or not said fare includes a return journey. Also, the proposed pricing structure is said to mirror that of an airline system where a surge/drop in demand for tickets will affect the overall fare on a daily basis.

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When completed, the Singapore terminus is expected to be located in Jurong East with the surrounding location earmarked for transformation into the Lion City’s second central business district (CBD). Meanwhile, the Malaysian terminus to be situated in Bandar Malaysia in Sungai Besi.

The 330 km-long line was earlier marked for completion in the year 2020 but a reassessment by Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, has resulted in an open date. With that said, reports are in that the 2020 due date is possible with China offering to complete the project in five years, should it be awarded the contract.