Under the Penang Transport Master Plan the people of Penang have been presented with the SRS proposal and the Zenith BUCG plan that will change our lives in a big way. Investment in transport infrastructure can have significant positive impacts, but if done badly can have hugely negative and irreversible consequences.
The Penang state government is proposing a ‘Big Bang’ approach combining seven different modes of transportation – roads, LRT, monorail, tram, Bus Rapid Transit/feeder buses, cable cars and water transportation, funded by reclaiming more the 4,000 acres of land. While effort has been made to engage the public through a series of briefing sessions and it has created a website, actual information is limited, questions submitted via the website are not answered and the extensive studies conducted by both SRS and Zenith BUCG have not been made available.
Civil society has urged the government to release the full reports produced by both the SRS and Zenith BUCG Consortium to allow more in-depth analysis and discussion. Penang Forum has taken the initiative to produce this website with the purpose of encouraging greater public discussion on a topic of utmost significance.
- Get the basics right first on Penang’s transport solutionsPenang Public Transport Users Association writes back at a hit-piece recommending the government to expedite the PTMP project
- Is LRT the best transport option for Penang?Lim mah Hui suggests LRT isnt the best option for penang as it requires hefty financial support
- Penang’s coastal reclamation – costly fantasy and reality checkKhoo Salma explain the risks in such a big project like PTMP entails, and who will bear the grunt of it.
- 7 reasons why PTMP is wrongEric Cheah writes PTMP will not only cause massive degradation to the island but it will likely bankrupt the state as well as cause scarcity in food resources..
- Penang Transport Master Plan a Trojan horseKhoo Salma warns the PTMP has morphed into a coastal reclamation scheme instead.