MALAYSIA: Sarawak Economic Development Corp subsidiary Sarawak Metro has selected a joint venture of EPR (Kuching), Global Rail and Mobilus for the Kuching Urban Transportation System Package 1 contract, which covers the supply of rubber-tyred hydrogen-powered Autonomous Rapid Transit vehicles, depot equipment, maintenance vehicles, platform gates and signalling and control systems.

The tender attracted one other bidder.

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KUTS services are scheduled to be launched in stages from Q4 2025. Phase 1 to be completed by 2027 includes the 28 km Samarahan Line from Rembus to the city centre, and the 24 km Serian Line from Batu 12 to the Isthmus, with a total of 27 stops.

Sarawak Metro Chairman Dr Abdul Aziz Bin Dato Haji Husain said the award of the contract marks a significant milestone in the ‘noble project’ to modernise Sarawak’s public transport system in an environmentally sustainable way.

‘The development of the KUTS Project will be a game-changer, not only in modernising public transport, but also in improving both the socio-economic and social mobility of the people, particularly in Kuching and the nearby towns and Sarawak Metro is committed in seeing the success of this project’, he said.