A Pakatan state assembly member has urged the Penang state government to opt for rail transit instead of blowing RM8bn on more road infrastructure.
Good on Sim Tze Tzin for adding his voice to the rail transport lobby. In fact, we did have rail lines from George Town to Air Itam once. I will put up the photo for you soon.
An airport to Komtar line and Komtar to Tanjung Tokong (with an extension to Tanjung Bunga) would also be timely.
Excerpt from a Sun report:
Penang cannot build more roads to solve traffic jams
Posted on 3 November 2011 – 05:31am
Himanshu Bhatt and Aaron Ngui
GEORGE TOWN (Nov 2, 2011): The state assembly was cautioned today that the state cannot just build its way out of traffic jams.
Sim Tze Tzin (PKR-Pantai Jerejak) urged the state government to consider investing in public transport as the remedial measure to the growing congestion caused mainly by private vehicles.
He suggested that the proposed Request for Proposal (RFP) for an undersea tunnel linking the island to the mainland, estimated to cost RM8 billion, be changed to a light rail transit (LRT) system instead.
He said at RM250 million per kilometre, which is what the tunnel may cost, some 32km of LRT tracks could be constructed on the island for the same amount of money.
“A line from Bayan Lepas to Komtar and then to Tanjung Tokong would be about 26km, while another line from Air Itam to Komtar would be about six kilometre. So two lines can be built with a cost of RM8 billion,” he said.
Sim extolled the advantages of an LRT system, saying that it was environmentally-friendly and possesses a high passenger capacity..