The old tram track on Penang Road
A tram expert has been spotted in Penang.
Putting two and two together, I believe the proposal to bring back trams to Penang is now being given serious thought. Things seem to be moving.
The pros and cons of a tram system and its financial viability need to be carefully weighed and if it is found to be feasible, by all means go for it. If it is found to be unfeasible, forget it.
That said, putting in place a basic tram network for the George Town inner city area would cost only a tiny fraction of what a monorail system would cost. Of course, trams would complement the bus system, which has to be progressively improved.
Penang has the opportunity to try something really different in this region which could enhance its heritage appeal.
In connection with this, we also need a public transport master plan for the whole state, which would include the mainland and the cross-channel links (ferries and bridge).