More reactions from people regarding the federal government’s shelving of the mega transport projects for Penang. Obviously, the federal government doesn’t consider those projects as “people friendly”, which makes me wonder how they came up with those projects in the first place!
Not a few people here are now seeing the shelving – or is it the scrapping? – of the monorail and Porr as a golden opportunity for Penang to do some serious public transport planning from scratch and to come up with a sustainable transport masterplan for the whole state. Let’s show them what we can do – to bring about a sustainable, people-friendly, affordable and accessible public transport system!
Here’s a quick reaction from blog reader Moaz Yusuf Ahmad:
This news is great. Let’s hope that the Penang Government will use the opportunity to create a very effective public transport system for Penang, building it from the ground up.
First, get SBPP (the state bus corp) started. The government can buy the buses and tender the operations contracts to various operators…and even operate the buses themselves. A few of the operators could be from other countries. How about some professional internationally-recognised operators like First PLC or Veolia or ComfortDelGro….
Second, use the “hub and spoke” concept because it works. Just make sure to provide proper bus lanes and proper bus hubs and proper information.
Third, bus lanes are going to be an absolute necessity on the “mainline” bus routes, to make people see that public transport is convenient and reliable. With proper bus lanes and frequency, the mainline bus routes should be able to move 5,000 passengers per direction per hour, which is about as many as the KL Monorail!
Fourth, identify potential “mainline” routes which can potentially carry more passengers – up to 15,000 passengers per direction per hour. These lines will be the RapidTram lines in the future.
Fifth, regarding the historical tram service for the inner city, it should be clear that this is a separate service. I suggest that they can start it start with a tram bought off the shelf, and supplement the service with “trams” (”historical” buses) like the ones in JB and Terengganu.
Good luck Penang. Let’s see you make public transport work.
Moaz Yusuf Ahmad