Trams in Adelaide, the “twin city” of George Town, Penang Photo credit: lightrailnow.org
It looks as if a huge majority (85 per cent) of urban motorists in Malaysia are ready to leave their cars behind at home if there is an effective and integrated public transport system comprising buses and trams. That is the outcome of a just concluded poll of 551 visitors to this site.
The main reason I put out this poll is that I wanted to allay the fears of those who are worried that dedicated bus and tram lanes may cause road congestion for motorists. The results confirm what many of us may have already guessed: many motorists are ready to abandon their cars in favour of buses and trams. So why are we still talking about new urban highway projects, ring roads, and other infrastructure for more cars?
Here are the poll results:
Start Date: 11 July 27 June 2008 @ 11.00am
End Date: 19 July 11 July 2008 @ 5.24pm
If you had efficient buses and trams in your city, would you leave your car behind at home?
- Yes, I am drooling just thinking of how much I will save (85%, 470 Votes)
- It depends/Not sure (6%, 35 Votes)
- No, it is quicker and more convenient using my car (5%, 29 Votes)
- I don’t have a car-lah (3%, 17 Votes)
Total Voters: 551
Of course, the usual caveats for these kinds of polls apply, but the results do suggest that a majority of motorists are wiling to switch to more effective public transport options – if they are available.
Check out the next poll on the right sidebar: Who do you think will be PM in 2011?