Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to extend the deadline to decide on the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link (RTS Link) project by another month. The transport ministry said the deadline has been extended to October 31 this year without any additional cost being involved, Bernama reports.

This follows on a supplemental agreement by the two countries to suspend the project from April 1 until September 30, 2019, signed on May 21 this year. According to the agreement, Malaysia was to reimburse Singapore about RM2 million by July 31, 2019, as abortive costs incurred as a result of the six-month suspension.

While agreeing to Malaysia’s request for an additional one-month suspension – and waiving the additional cost incurred during the period – in the spirit of bilateral cooperation, Singapore said it reserves the right to claim any additional cost incurred beyond September 30 should Malaysia request any further extensions of the suspension period, the republic’s transport ministry said via a statement.

The RTS Link Project – aimed at addressing congestion in the daily commute between the two countries – was initially scheduled to begin construction this year and slated for completion by December 2024. The proposed 4km-long rail project will link Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru and Woodlands in Singapore, and will have the capacity to ferry 10,000 passengers per hour.

It is aimed at providing an alternative means of transportation for 80,000 to 100,000 commuters plying the causeway route daily. Under the original agreement, the one-way fare was set at RM15. Should Malaysia choose to terminate the project, it will have to pay RM200 million in abortive costs.