Penang is asking the federal government to fulfil its pledge on public transport by building an LRT or MRT system – but the danger with that is the state could risk having a monorail system dumped on it!
There are only half as many ferries shuttling between Penang Island and mainland Penang as there were in the late 1970s/early 1980s – and now they are thinking of cutting back the ferry service even further? Is this a scheme to help boost traffic on the soon-to-be-opened Second Penang Bridge – in the same way that they halved the ferry service a few years after the first Penang Bridge was opened in September 1985? (They never rebuilt the old ferry terminal on the mainland that collapsed in July 1988 under the weight of about 10000 passengers thronging the terminal. The ferries that used to docked at the old terminals on the isand and mainland were then phased out.) The ferry service has been been pathetic since then and it is no wonder that Penang Port is losing money on the ferries, as more and more people are forced to use [Read more]
The Penang state assembly member for Pulau Tikus, Yap Soo Huey, has come up with a Green Transport Users programme to encourage her constituents and others to use RapidPenang buses and provide feedback. Under the scheme, participants will be given free monthly Rapid Travel Cards for three months. In return they have to complete monthly surveys to gauge their experience during that period. They will also be invited to participate in a focus group.
Singapore’s land transport masterplan emphasises improving the public transport, cycling and pedestrian experience to create a more liveable island. How does it compare with the Penang master plan and the state government’s emphasis?
Now let us hear what you really think about cycling? Is it something you would consider? For those who think it is too hot to cycle in Penang, here are the Danes cycling in Copenhagen in the snow in below freezing temperatures! Meanwhile, blog visitor Michael Maguire shares with us his experience of cycling in Penang: