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    Jun 14, 2016

    Grab a ride, share cost of travelling to and from JB

    COMMUTERS travelling between Singapore and Johor Baru can soon use a new cross-border car-sharing scheme.

    The GrabHitch Johor Baru-Singapore Inter-Country Service will be available from next Monday, Grab said in a media release yesterday.

    Passengers can pre-book rides between seven days and 30 minutes in advance. They will be matched with drivers based on similar pick-up and drop-off locations.

    A trip between City Square shopping centre in Johor Baru and Woodlands starts from RM9 (S$3) per person, and passengers can opt to pay in cash or by credit card.

    Fares are aimed at offsetting the driver's cost of petrol, and rides will be charged in the currency of the country from which the passenger starts his trip.

    The new service is an extension of the carpooling platform, GrabHitch, which was launched in November.

    "The high cost of travelling, frequent congestion and lack of point-to-point transportation between JB and Singapore are compelling reasons for us to introduce the GrabHitch JB-SG service," said GrabHitch head Ngiam Xin Wei.

    The Causeway and Second Link are among the busiest land checkpoints in the world, with about 400,000 crossings daily.