Our favorite stories from the mass transit sector in the past week: Malaysia Steel Works (KL) Bhd, or Masteel, and KUB Malaysia Bhd are coming together to build a new intercity transit system for Iskandar Malaysia in Johor, while a Chinese region is planning a rail link from Nanning to Singapore through Vietnam, at least part of which is high-speed.

Masteel expects its project will be completed by 2013. The RM1.23 billion (US$ 401million), 100km intercity system will be the first of its kind in Johor and run on existing rail. It will cover 25 regional centers and overseers hope to connect it eventually with the MRT line from Singapore. About 70% of the cost will come from the public-private partnership scheme and the companies are in negotiations with the Malaysian government’s Economic Planning Unit over a 25 year concession deal.

Meanwhile, China’s autonomous southern region of Guangxi Zhuang has plans to increase trade with ASEAN over the next five years with a high speed rail link between the cities of Nanning and Pinxiang near the Vietnamese border. Details are scant at the moment but it seems the $3.05 billion project would connect to a 5,000 rail link passing along the ‘Nanning-Singapore Economic Corridor’ through Vietnam (and presumably other countries along the way).

source & articles: Business Times, TODAY Online