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Americans Are Really Going to Love the Proposed Malaysia–Singapore High Speed Rail

January 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM | by | ()

Will is on the ground in Kuching at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Follow along as he dishes on the latest travel news from Southeast Asia.

One of the major current and long-term goals of ASEAN is to further connect the ten member countries, marketing the region as "ten countries, but one destination" for travelers. Considering the long travel time, visiting multiple cities across a handful of countries makes total sense for those coming to Southeast Asia from the States.

One project that aims to back up this plan is the proposed Penang - Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High Speed Rail that would allow travelers to make the journey from Malaysia south to Singapore at speeds up to 280 mph. The railway agreement was officially signed last February during a meeting between Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak.

There were no new details to be shared at this year's conference in Kuching, but Tourism Malaysia's Director General Dato' Mirza Mohammad Taiyab confirmed that the target completion date was still set for 2020, and that the specifics of the project were on track to be announced by the end of 2014. Speaking to Jaunted, Taiyab said the railway will be "a key component to connecting and improving crossover tourism between the two countries."

We will be sure to pass on more information next year when the project specifics are released. Right now, it is estimated that the 250 mile trip between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore will be reduced to only 90 minutes thanks to the train.

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