It’s been a while since we heard updates pertaining to the Iskandar Malaysia BRT project, the last of which was in 2016 when the project was given the green light. Now, Bernama reports that the Johor government is committed to continuing the BRT system, which will cover 90% of Iskandar Malaysia.

Johor Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport Committee chairman Mazlan Bujang said the state government would ensure the project is given due priority by the Federal government. To start, the BRT would be implemented for the Johor Bahru-Kota Iskandar, Johor Bahru-Skudai and Johor Bahru-Tebrau routes.

“We are trying to get the allocation to implement this project. I have a meeting at the Transport Ministry next week and hope that this project will be given priority,” he said during a Johor State Assembly sitting recently, in response to a query from Datuk Hasni Mohammad regarding the state government’s strategy to ensure the BRT project would carry on as planned. Hasni’s (Johor Opposition Leader) suggestion to implement the Johor Bahru-Kota Iskandar route first will also be considered.

The BRT project will involve three phases, with the first scheduled for completion by 2020. For now, no developers for the BRT system have been named as yet.