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The lack of a efficient public transport system in Penang has become a major election issue. Instead of improving the efficiency of the bus system and providing more buses, the government seems intent on blowing RM3.4 billion on an expensive monorail system. Choong Sim Poey responds to this development on behalf of Cepat, a coalition calling for improved public transport.

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Angeline Loh describes a long overdue meeting between the Citizens for Public Transport (Cepat) and the chief of the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) – a meeting which provided little hope and came 15 years too late for Penang’s bus system (or rather, bus chaos).

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Penangites are fed up with empty promises to improve public transport, says Angeline Loh. Theirdisappointment stretches from Penang to Putrajaya, where the Prime Minister seems to have forgotten his home state.

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Low-tech transit is the fastest route to a great city, says a Brazilian architect, Jaime Lerner, who wants to give the bus a makeover. The former mayor of the Brazilian city of Curitiba, population 1.7 million, beats the drum worldwide for BRT ("bus rapid transit") systems, which transform dowdy bus lines into sleek transportation networks.

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With oil prices reaching the stratosphere, many are crying out for good public transport. Look no farther than the efficient, cheap and profitable bus rapid transit system in Curitiba. Malaysian urban planners, take note.

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