It has been revealed that a rapid transit system, known as Kota Kinabalu Skytrain, with a total span of 25.5km has now reached the exploration phase. The Skytrain is said to be the connector of Kota Kinabalu International Airport and a new development which will be carried out in two phases.
The first phase of Skytrain will spread a 10.5km range connecting the airport to city center with the cost of RM1 billion, while the second phase will be known as KKIA Express Line 2 spreads a 15km range connecting Jesselton Central terminal to the State government administrative centre, as well as the Federal administrative centre, University Malaysia Sabah, and finally the Alamesra commercial and residential area costing RM1.425 billion.
According to Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Bung Moktar Radin, currently, the project holds a memorandum of understanding(MOU) allying four firms consisting of a subsidiary of Qhazanah Sabah.
Meanwhile, Warisan Harta Sdn Bhd (WVSB), Vizione Construction Sdn Bhd, Sycal Skycity Sdn Bhd, and Guangcai China (M) Sdn Bhd have partnered in creating Borneo’s first transit system.
On top of that, this partnership will also be setting up a mixed commercial development known as Jesselton New City, located in Likas comprising a resort, theme park, and a cruise ship harbour and is expected to complete within six years.
Bung added that the Skytrain project will undergo serious environmental assessment as it aimed to be similar to China’s and will be running on solar power.