Modern trams and BRT have low floors so they can easily be boarded at street level, with no need to build costly elevated station infrastructure, which is unfriendly to those who are mobility impaired, e.g., the elderly, the disabled, those with wheelchairs, push chairs, or just those carrying heavy shopping.
When you design for those with impaired mobility, everybody benefits. The proposed station infrastructure for the LRT will have 2 levels, the 1st level a ticketing concourse, the 2nd level the platform, so for the mobility impaired this will mean getting 2 lifts just to reach the platform. Compare this with a street level platform which can be easily boarded by all.
Better for the environment
Large LRT and monorail elevated guideways and large station infrastructure will forever alter the nature of our built environment. Its elevated nature not only impedes access, but costs significantly more and takes significantly longer to construct, disrupting daily lives for longer, it would takes up significantly more space in our built environment, requiring additional land acquisition and much greater tree loss.
Better for businesses
The proposed elevated structures in George Town, overshadowing our historic townscape may also threaten our heritage listing with UNESCO, a key driver of the tourism industry which generates almost 50% of our GDP.
How many homes and businesses will need to give way to the 70+ elevated stations across the LRT and monorail lines being proposed?
Better for residents
In KL the LRT exceeds maximum noise levels set by the Department of Environment and a number of locations require noise mitigation measures. However these mitigation measures have not always been to the satisfaction of residents.
Modern trams on the other hand are quieter, particularly where the trackbed is covered by a layer of grass. The Alstom Citidas Light Rail vehicle for example is nearly four times quieter than auto traffic, generating noise levels that are lower by about five decibels.