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Build walkalator for border crossing

The same idea popped out in my brain when I visited Singapore last month because I took two hours to cross the causeway with public bus service.

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Build walkalator for border crossing
http://www.thestar.com.my/Opinion/Letters/2014/11/18/Build-walkalator-for-border-crossing/

I REFER to the letter “Pedestrian danger at Causeway Crossing (The Star, Nov 17) on the plight of pedestrians crossing the Causeway.

Those who make that dangerous walk on a daily basis do so because thet don’t want to be late for work or classes.

Ever since the new Immigration complex in Johor Baru was built, pedestrian crossing has been dangerous and inconvenient.

I would like to propose that both the Malaysian and Singaporean governments consider building a walkalator to ease the tiring walk faced by many pedestrians.

A walkalator is useful and has the following advantages:

> It would be the first of its kind in the world that a walkalator is used for border crossing. It will be an effective way of transporting people across the straits;

> It would minimise pollution as no buses that release carbon monoxide are involved. It will be a huge leap for Malaysia’s commitment towards a greener future. On a typical day, at least 60,000 vehicles cross the Causeway;

> This project would not be a “white elephant” because there’s huge potential for revenue;

> I understand that there are plans on linking Singapore’s transit system to Malaysia. Wouldn’t it be better and cheaper that a walkalator be used as a people mover instead of a train or buses that require extensive maintenance, not to mention complexity in border control;

> A walkalator is disabled and pedestrian friendly; and

> This project will definitely set an example for the rest of Asean regarding its people’s mobility and greater connection and partnership.

There are a whole lot more benefits on having a walkalator and I sincerely hope the relevant authorities will consider this proposal.

JONATHAN LEE HENG YOW

Johor Baru

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