Moscow mulls closure of troubled monorail

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There aren’t that many monorail systems in Europe. One of the few is in Moscow – and it is bleeding red ink, burdening taxpayers.

This is Vukan R Vuchic, a public transport expert, professor of the University of Pennsylvania, and former consultant for the US Department of Transportation on planning, design and operations of transport systems. Notice that he says the best tried and tested modes are buses, trams and metros.

In 2012, it was announced that the Moscow monorail would be dismantled after eight years of unprofitable operations. And last September, another report surfaced that said Moscow city officials were mulling the closure of part or all of the Moscow monorail and replacing it with other modes of transport, including trams.

Let’s take a look at some basic data for the Moscow monorail:

Built: Early 2000s.

Length: 5km (six stations) connecting two metro stations.

Cost: US$240m (RM977m) or RM195m/km (SRS Consortium says it can build monorail in Penang for RM170m/km, which is much higher than building tramways, which cost just RM40m-80m/km)

Ridership: 19,000 passengers per day, well short of their target of 50,000. (Is Penang coming up with a similar monorail ridership target that a great city like Moscow could not achieve?)

Fare: 50 rubles – not enough to cover operating costs of 200 rubles per passenger.

Loss: US$14.7m/year or RM60m/year. (Penang’s annual revenue is just over RM600m. How is it going to cover elevated LRT and monorail operating losses?)

So why does Penang want monorail?

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Skim Perkongsian Basikal (M Bike) in Taiping.
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/bm/ge/newsgeneral.php?id=1247240

Perak dipilih sebagai negeri pertama untuk pelaksanaan Sistem Perkongsian Basikal hujung tahun ini dikenali sebagai ‘M Bike’ yang merupakan satu cara untuk menangani masalah kesesakan lalulintas.

Ipoh: 40 hingga 60 stesen basikal dengan jumlah basikal sebanyak 1,500.
Taiping: 30 hingga 40 buah stesen basikal serta 1,000 basikal.

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Most vocal in Malaysia often says this or that; cannot work here or there. They always criticise and see needles in people’s eyes and not rafters in their eyes. Very good move by komtar. now is the reverse role. They re given the task to perform. We the public are the judge to rate them. After all they kau beh and kau bu. Now we can always throw cheap shots for any slight mistake. Tit for tat for wat they have done in the past.

zoro
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zoro

Why the name is not called Penang transport advisory council?

David Loman
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David Loman

Lantikan 24 ahli baru PTC tunjuk komitmen KN kpd CAT
https://youtube.com/watch?v=jpwo_0wnXhc

zoro
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zoro

too bad. komtar really miss out the most vocal person here. better be an action man go and clamp of his or any excc if they park their cars illegally. bn boleh tutup mata and pass GO

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Major issues of public transport in Bolehland: – Destruction of existing competition – shooting from the hip. – Lack of enforcement – corruption and dereliction of duty. – Bureaucracy – partly coruption. – Gigantism: opting for the biggest, most inflexible, most failure-prone and most expensive options – corruption. – Placement of routes and stations for the benefit of cronies and political supporters rather than the bulk of users – corruption. – Severe exploitation of staff, partly through the use of foreigners. – Capitalism: ever more devious means to increase private and public debt and to hide corrupt wealth. When even… Read more »

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Vocal critics get seats in Penang Transport Council
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/05/27/vocal-critics-get-seats-in-penang-transport-council/

Penang Island City Council member Dr Lim Mah Hui, Penang Consumers Association president S.M. Mohamed Idris and blogger Anil Netto, who all have been vocal critics of the Penang Transport Master Plan, have also been included in the 46-member council.

David Loman
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One step forward for Anil, to represent the voice of Rakyat towards sustainable development.

Swat
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Swat

Congrats Anil for being a member in the Penang Transport Council !
Please recommend the Council to seek more public (and modern) opinions instead of those silly one from politicians.
Ah, my mama told me : – Never trust those with self interest eg. politicians !

zoro
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public oso must listen. no more 4wds with monkey bars. take bus 11, bicycle or trishaws.

zoro
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zoro

u mean a politician and role of husband need not to provide roof for his children and wife. best his house is in public housing and take public bus. vocal then says cheap publicity like taking air asia.

Lord Jim
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How come no discussion on the 2 coming by elections? Triple threat fights or Fatal 4 Way fights?
MCA should now know that Umno is paving way for PAS hudud via Azalina.

gk ong
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gk ong

MCA & Gerakan are both bypassed by Umno, no misunderstanding here. Umno courts PAS to get more malay support, dismissing chinese support? MCA & Gerakan should not lend support to the BN candidates in the by-elections, if they dare to stand up against Umno/PAS.

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KL Monorail is always packed

zoro
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zoro

jalan all mati. road also packed. kapcai has to master like mat rempit and soon beome like one. roads only free after 12 malam and mat rempit on kapcais can perform sat mid night shows. passengers no choice. go up in the sky. but tony dont operate air asia from chow kit road to golden river. last choice kl mono rail or lrt.

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Alternative to LRT, another views :
http://ti.org/antiplanner/?p=9737