Proposed LRT project to encourage usage of public transport
THE proposed George Town to Bayan Lepas Light Transit Rail (LRT) is expected to alleviate traffic congestion on the island under the proposed Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow during a forum with the Penang Advance Tertiary Collage (ATC) students stated that the state government is taking up a balanced approach to the Penang Transport Master Plan.
“Traffic congestion is among the most pressing issues in Penang.
“So the state government is now taking up measures to tackle this (traffic congestion) through PTMP.
“We are willing to fulfil the obligations set by the federal agencies with regards to the technical aspects of the PTMP to ensure a quality life for our people here.
Chow hoped that the proposed LRT from George Town to Bayan Lepas would change the mindset of the people to opt for public transport.
One of the panelists Kaygarn Tan, who’s the CEO of Freemind Works, suggested that coming up with a tramp system in the heart of George Town City would boost the tourism sector.
Apart from that, Sanjay Kanshanlal of Penang ATC college shared that in European countries, the governments emphasise more on encouraging people to use public transport to overcome traffic woes, for instance, the London Tube.
Story by Tanushalini Moroter
Pix by Adleena Rahayu Ahmad Radzi
Video by Alvie Cheng