ART bound for Bintulu

An Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit vehicle that is already operating. Photo: Astro Awani

KUCHING: Residents in Bintulu will be able to travel easily from town to the industrial hub of Tanjung Kidurong once an Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) has been established for them.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said he expects the railless guided bus system to be completed between 2025 and 2026.

“Public transport is important to link places together and we aim to ensure that the transport system will be convenient to the people to go from one place to another.

“That is why we will develop ART at Kuching to Kota Samarahan and secondly at Bintulu to Tanjung Kidurong,” he said during an interview on post-2021 Budget with TVS on Thursday night.

ART will only require roads and will be able to help the tourism sector with it being able to link Kuching to Santubong and Damai as well as Bau and Lundu in the future, allowing tourists to visit to travel to these places, Abang Johari pointed out.

“What we want to do now is to expand our roads. ART is based on German technology and has been implemented in China.

“We will use that approach as with Light Rail Transit (LRT), it will require us to build rails which are expensive,” he said.

Meanwhile, the chief minister said for Sarawak to move towards 2030 and achieve a developed state status, a roadmap needs be identified now and implemented by 2021.

“That is why I introduced the twelve initiatives which touched on digital economy and digitalised society, innovation, agricultural transformation, talent development, environmental sustainability as well as our culture and tourism.

“This is crucial for us to move towards 2030 and what we need is the funds for us to do so and propel each of these sectors,” he said.