Our guest writer today is Perplexed Penangite:
It is perplexing all these counter arguments :
1. Cannot do trams because it involves digging through utilities – BUT support columns for elevated highways require digging and piling for foundations.
2. Cannot have at-grade (street level) systems because it will reduce at least one car lane – BUT support columns for elevated systems will reduce at least one car lane anyway
3. Cannot have autonomous rail rapid transit (ART or trackless trams) or bus rapid transit (BRT) or modern trams because our roads are too narrow – BUT many historical cities with equally narrow streets have at-grade systems. People learn to share.
4. Cannot have at-grade systems because of floods – BUT how do people get to your elevated LRT anyway when the roads are flooded (or how do they leave the stations)?
5. Why does Penang Forum want ART when they have been talking about trams? Because ART is very new and Penang Forum wants new and improved technology – at a fraction of the cost of the RM8bn elevated LRT.
6. Cannot have at-grade systems which will be stuck at crossings? Seriously? We are looking at multi-billion ringgit systems and we don’t know about controls and sensors at crossings where the bus doesn’t need to stop?
7. We already have traffic jams and Penang Forum wants to make it worse with an at-grade system – BUT a good system will mean fewer cars and less jams.
8. Road users will be inconvenienced by having to share the road – BUT road users and all Penangites will be forced to put up with years of inconvenience, dust, pollution, noise and massive jams during the construction of the elevated LRT and the six-lane Pan Island Link.
All this is about SPIN. Come up with every possible excuse to reject objections to the LRT and to reject newer and probably better alternatives in favour of something already decided upon behind closed doors. Defend it to the death even when the defence is weak.