Take a good look at these images. This is what we could have at Sia Boey under the Better, Cheaper, Faster framework for transport in Penang.
It would bring public transport right to the front door of Komtar, which could be revitalised at a fraction of the cost of a massive transport hub.
But this idea might be too cheap a solution for those who favour mega projects … including an unwieldy multi-storey interchange with LRT and monorail lines on different floors of a massive concrete complex.
With the Better, Cheaper, Faster alternative, the old Sia Boey market could be turned into a tram station, like so:
And the rich heritage of Sia Boey could be preserved at the same time.
We could have the best of both worlds. What’s not to like about this?
P.S. A big thank you to those who designed these graphics.