IMBRT Project Gears Up for Pilot Testing in April 2021

IMBRT Project Gears Up for Pilot Testing | Green technology buses from nine suppliers will undergo testing during the three-month pilot testing programme | The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) has announced that the Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit (IMBRT) project is now moving forward into the next phase.

The next phase involves a pilot testing programme, which will be conducted by IRDA along the Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar between Horizon Hill and Anjung in Medini for a duration of three months beginning 8 April 2021.

The IMBRT Pilot Testing programme will see the involvement of nine bus suppliers that will conduct a demonstration of the latest green bus technologies including electric and biodiesel. The participating suppliers will showcase buses ranging from 6 metres, 12 metres to 32 metres.

A study will also be undertaken by the Malaysia Institute of Transport (MITRANS) to assess the performance of the Automated Rapid Transit (ART), especially its turning, maneuverability, and lane-changing capabilities on the road. Meanwhile, the 6-metre buses will undergo testing to gauge feasibility of feeder routes as well as battery life span (per trip) for the electric buses.

IMBRT Project Gears Up for Pilot Testing in April 2021

Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of IRDA said, “This Pilot Testing programme is a significant milestone for the IMBRT as the project goes into full gear. Iskandar Malaysia needs to be well connected to grow as a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing. This is only possible with the support of a reliable public transportation system that has a wide coverage such as the IMBRT.”

“An efficient and integrated public transport infrastructure is a catalyst for attracting foreign and domestic investments into the region to spur further economic growth. We are confident that the IMBRT system will enhance mobility for the people by providing first- and last-mile connectivity and access for Iskandar Malaysia. We are looking forward to the next phase of IMBRT,” Ismail added.

Billed as the backbone of public transportation in Iskandar Malaysia, the IMBRT’s primary goal is to enhance public transportation coverage within the region from 39 percent to 90 percent and increase public transportation modal share from 15 percent to 40 percent by 2025. 

It also aims to boost accessibility and connectivity, which will play a critical role in contributing to economic growth of key sectors and urbanisation of Iskandar Malaysia, as well as to reduce the region’s transport sector’s carbon footprint by using green transportation.

IMBRT Project Gears Up for Pilot Testing in April 2021

Rudyanto Azhar, Head of BRTIM Sdn Bhd, the special purpose vehicle of the IMBRT said, “We need to anticipate and prepare to mitigate the inevitable reality that Iskandar Malaysia will see an increase in population size by 2025. A high-quality transport system like IMBRT can provide communities with reliable services that offer wider network coverage and reach – interconnecting with feeder service, direct routes, and the trunk routes which links to the Johor Bahru–Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS). We have identified the BRT as the preferred transit mode for the region under the Iskandar Malaysia Transportation Blueprint 2010 - 2030 because it is a strategic, sustainable, and more cost-effective to construct compared to rail.” 

The IMBRT will provide 55 feeder and 44 direct services, bringing the total network coverage to 2,051 km or approximately 90 percent of the populated area of Iskandar Malaysia. Whilst the IMBRT’s main trunk line has a span of 54.92km across Skudai, Tebrau, and Iskandar Puteri. It will consist of 33 stations, with one hub in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) on the Skudai Line. The main trunk line will also have two end stations -- one in Desa Jaya on the Tebrau Line and the other in Anjung on the Iskandar Puteri Line. 

For more information on the IMBRT project and upcoming Pilot Testing Programme, visit IMBRT’s official social media channels:

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  1. wah bagus2 ..impresif dah ye kat sna skrg :p
    tp kita dah lama x naik bas...
    mesti rasa kekok.

  2. Semakin maju negeri Johor. Syabas!


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