In this video, YouTube user Poon points to the poor state of public transport connectivity between Butterworth and George Town. This is so true. (Thanks to the heads-up from blog reader Luca.)
I always wondered why there could not be a minibus connecting Butterworth to George Town via the ferries, so that passengers don’t have to get off and on the buses when they reach the ferries. The minibuses could just enter the ferries and head to their hubs on the island and mainland. Wouldn’t that be far easier and cheaper than an “undersea LRT”?
The other option is, of course, water taxis from Butterworth to Gurney Drive and Butterworth to Queensbay.
But first of all, shouldn’t we have a new statewide sustainable mobility masterplan before talking about the LRT for the whole state? Put all options on the table and hire world-renowned sustainable mobility experts (with no connection to any infrastructure companies) to evaluate the most eco-friendly option for Penang.
Just look at how they built the monstrous and pedestrian-unfriendly Penang Sentral in Butterworth when they put the cart (major terminal) before the horse (no state-wide sustainable mobility masterplan).