Proposed Penang cable cars not in Penang Transport Masterplan

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Why are we thinking of cross-channel cable cars when it is not in the Penang Transport Masterplan, for which the state government paid RM3.2m to consultants to undertake?

Why are we so excited about a cable car system when we do not even know the cost and how it will be financed? By land swaps? Is this the best use of our limited resources and is this something we should prioritise?

Why are we going for cable cars when the now-privatised ferry service is so badly neglected that there are now only one to four ferries operating whereas in the late 1970s and 1980s, about a dozen ferries plied the channel? Which would be more cost effective to implement – more ferries or an entirely new cable car system?

How viable are cable cars as a form of cross-channel public transport? Wouldn’t we be better off with a cross-channel rail link that would link the new high-speed rail service from KL to Butterworth (the launch for which has once again been postponed, this time to September) to Penang Island?

I am not against a cross-channel cable car system but I don’t think it would be a viable daily public transport option for regular commuters. The ferry fare is RM1.20 now for an adult. How much would the cable car fare be? Surely more expensive. So cable cars would be more for tourists.

If a private company wants to handle the project, let the firm raise its own financing without any ‘land swaps’ and government subsidies, provided the project meets genuinely independent environmental approval based on stringent standards.

I don’t think this is something that the state government should be involved in.

Blog visitor Michael adds:

It seems that the State Government gets all excited about any ‘exotic’ transport stimulus.

The computer image in today’s paper shows the ferries as ghostly images behind this latest creation. The cable cars are small and probably won’t even fit a bicycle …so hardly a serious link in the great transport master plan for Penang.

The extension of the fast rail link onto the island would seem to me to be the most intelligent and efficient way to relieve movement of people from the island to the mainland. A rail link should also accommodate a separate rail corridor for local/fast commuter trains (tram system even better) extending throughout the major built-up areas of the island and the mainland.

If a private company funds the cable system (tourists) and is given permission to build it, then it needs to be located where it does not prevent serious transport solutions would be placed in the near future.

Governments spend too much money here compensating private companies for mistakes.

That is why modern towns/cities must use plans, to reduce inefficient placement of ideas that become obsolescent.

The ferries should be revamped and made more efficient to encourage people to use them and keep the price the same as the bridges.

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wira

Many should recognise that the authority of the Penang state government is minimal. If we want a better transport system, we should point our fingers at Putra Jaya. The Ministry of Entrepreneurship issues all kinds of transport licenses (one would expect the local government or at worst, the transport minister but that is not the case because permits are, metaphorically speaking, also licenses to print money and to exact political patronage). PutraJaya also decides the routes where our buses should move. So the cable car system cannot be regarded as a mode of public transportation to solve Penang traffic woes… Read more »

wira

Anil, If I sell land for cash, I will not get the best deal in a growing & expanding market. Ditto the state government. Many companies do not buy land for cash because that involves a lot of cash payment out front and that will screw up the cash flow. The Tun Lim Chong Eu expressway was also built on the principle of land for road. Only problem is that the state got a poor deal for that.

glissantia

We have some idea of the history of machinery safety in Bolehlend. Here, machinery is exposed to seawater (salt), wind and the threat of collision by boats. What about the rights of ship operators? Who exactly are the tourists who will take this mad trip? The modern approach to “development” includes these: – Commit to a giant project at public cost and private profit, and insist you can’t back out. – As complaints, damage and obvious alternatives mount, get consultants and committees to study the matter to death while the cronies extract the maximum profit. – Implement a better option,… Read more »

marvel hero

Many Penangites still refuse to acknowledge that FTZ manufacturing era has reached the peak years ago and on decline for the island ( new phase at Batu Kawan). Also lack of capable engineers another reason as most opt to go ashore.
Meow gomen must be putting more focus on service industry like tourism to bring in revenues.
so no surprise to me the cable car project to create wow factor to lure more tourists and rich ones too to City of Dreams if we yet see The Light beyond the tunnel.

james k

Other than then cable car, here’s another development on the Transport Plan- one that smells fishy.

First The Star comes up with a report saying LRT project starting…

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/04/16/First-LRT-project-in-Penang-next-year-Komtar-to-airport-line-supported-by-revamped-stage-bus-system/

Then this by Malay Mail, CKY refuting the first report

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/penang-denies-report-on-lrt-project

So whats actually going with the plan??

Yang

Like I said another deception by the CAT just before Permatang Puah by election to entice votes. How pathetic has DAP & the CAT become.

wira

Without AhJibKor giving the nod, nothing moves in Penang for public transport. That’s under federal jurisdiction. Only land matter pertaining to the LRT is under state jurisdiction. Please note the governor speech & plea to PutraJaya which basically is Guan Eng’s plea.

Ong

Good idea for Penang, this will enhance some vigor, strength and innovation to give Penang have more depth in tourism attraction places.

Ong Eu Soon

Show us the financial viability first.

Yang

Welcome back

tunglang

Ah Soon Ko, nice to hear your voice of sanity against insanity again.

Michael

I agree. It seems that the State Government gets all excited about any ‘exotic’ transport stimulus. The computer image in today’s paper shows the ferries as ghostly images behind this latest creation. The cable cars are small and probably won’t even fit a bicycle …so hardly a serious link in the great transport master plan for Penang. The extension of the fast rail link onto the island would seem to me to be the most intelligent and efficient way to relieve movement of people from the island to the mainland. A rail link should also accommodate a separate rail corridor… Read more »