Picking a Better, Cheaper, Faster Transport System

loading Traffic along Lebuh Carnavon in George Town.

Go Big seems to be the Penang Transport Masterplan’s way of solving traffic woes and accommodating future growth. A group of local NGOs has other ideas.

It was mid-July when the debate over Penang’s public transportation plans reached a new level. After repeated censure for allegedly being all talk and no action, Penang Forum released a 61-page document outlining its alternative proposals for public transit networks in the state.

This coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) entitled their suggestion Better, Cheaper, Faster (BCF) and in it presented modern trams and dedicated bus lanes as the preferred way forward.

The manifesto opposes the state government’s Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) that proposes the building of Light-Rail Transits (LRTs), monorails and highways, primarily.


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