Tiada justifikasi untuk membazirkan jutaan ringgit membina laluan bawah tanah (Malay/English)

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Penang Forum: [ENGLISH VERSION BELOW] Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang bercadang untuk membelanjakan RM55 juta bagi membina laluan bawah tanah menghubungkan Jalan Mount Erskine ke Jalan Burmah (melalui bawah tanah Jalan Gottlieb).

Kenaikan terbaru dalam kutipan cukai pintu akan menambahkan pendapatan MBPP sebanyak RM54 juta setahun; hal ini adalah sangat membebankan pembayar cukai. Walau bagaimanapun pendapatan tambahan ini akan hanya digunakan untuk membayar pampasan pengambilan tanah (lebih daripada RM20 juta) dan kos pembinaan laluan bawah tanah ini sahaja.

Pembinaan laluan bawah tanah ini adalah suatu pembaziran memandangkan tempoh masa laluan purata semasa waktu puncak pada pagi daripada persimpangan Jalan Fettes/ Lebuhraya Halia ke persimpangan Mount Erskine/Jalan Gottlieb (sejauh 2.1km hanyalah kurang daripada 10 minit). Tempoh masa semasa bukan waktu puncak pula ialah kurang dari lima minit sahaja. Tempoh ini bukannya satu tempoh yang sangat lama, dan keperluan bagi membina laluan bawah tanah ini adalah tidak perlu dan satu pembaziran jutaan ringgit daripada hasil pembayar cukai.

Data daripada Lampiran 1 (di bawah) ialah berdasarkan Google Traffic historical data untuk dua hari yang dipilih secara rawak iaitu 28 Ogos dan 24 September 2019. Data ini menunjukkan masa perjalanan sebanyak 15 minit dari pukul 6.30 pagi sehinga 9.30 pagi (waktu puncak pagi). Data pada pukul 11.45 malam juga diambil sebagai perbandingan. Purata perjalanan ialah 8-10 minit. Masa tambahan pula hanyalah 12 minit yang hanya berlaku sekali.

Data daripada Lampiran 2 pula (di bawah) ialah berdasarkan pengalaman individu menggunakan laluan ini dalam tempoh masa yang sama pada waktu pagi iaitu 7.30 pagi dari hari Isnin ke Jumaat (dari 18 ke 22 November 2019). Tempoh masa purata perjalanan ialah tujuh minit dengan tempoh maksimum 10 minit sahaja.

Jutaan ringgit yang bakal digunakan untuk pembinaan laluan bawah tanah ini lebih baik digunakan bagi meningkatkan perkhidmatan bus. Ini boleh dilakukan dengan memperkenalkan bas feeder dan laluan khas bagi bas. Selain daripada itu insentif yang lebih baik kepada perkhidmatan bas sekolah juga boleh diperkenalkan disamping memastikan pengurusan trafik yang lebih baik. Ini akan menggalakan penggunaan pengangkutan awam disamping mengurangkan pelepasan gas rumah hijau yang menyumbang kepada perubahan iklim.

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Batalkan pembinaan laluan bawah tanah ini. Sekiranya anda bersetuju, sila tandatangani petisyen ini.

Jawatankuasa pemandu Penang Forum

English version

No justification to waste millions on expensive underpass

The Penang Island City Council plans to spend RM55m on an underpass connecting Mount Erskine Road to Burmah Road (crossing below Gottlieb Road).

The latest hike in assessment rates would rake in RM54m per year for the council while burdening ratepayers. But much of this additional revenue raised from the rate hikes would be blown away just to pay for land acquisition (over RM20m) and the construction of this underpass.

This is a huge waste of ratepayers’ funds as the average travelling time to cross from the junction of Jalan Fettes/Lebuhraya Halia to Mount Erskine Road/Gottlieb Road junction (a distance of 2.1km) is less than 10 minutes even during morning peak hours. During off-peak hours, the travel time is under five minutes. This is hardly a long time – and certainly no justification for wasting millions of ringgit on an underpass.

Data in Appendix 1 (below) is based on Google Traffic historical data for two random days – 28 August and 24 September 2019. The reading is at 15-minute intervals, from 6:30am to 9:30am (morning rush hour). The reading was also taken at 11.45pm (close to midnight) as a control variable. The average normal time taken was 8-10 minutes. The longest time to clear the traffic was 12 minutes, which shows up only once.

Data in Appendix 2 (below) is based on a daily commuter’s own experience in crossing the same junctions at around 7.30am from Monday to Friday (18-22 November 2019). The average time to travel the distance was seven minutes, with the longest at 10 minutes (once).

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The millions spent on the proposed short underpass would be better spent upgrading the bus service, introducing feeder buses and dedicated bus lanes, providing incentives for the greater use of school buses, and more efficient traffic management. This would also private curb vehicle emissions thatcc contribute to climate change.

Scrap the underpass. If you agree, please go sign the petition.

Penang Forum steering committee

Lampiran 1/Appendix 1

The following data was collected in silico by using Google Traffic historical data on 28 August (Wednesday) and 24 September (Tuesday) 2019 at 15-minute intervals, from 6:30am to 9:30am (morning rush hour).

The 2.1km distance was from the Fettes Road-Mount Eskine Road junction to the Bagan Jermal Road-Gottlieb Road-Burma Road junction, right after the traffic light turning in to Jalan Gottlieb. Traffic data was taken also at 11.45pm (close to midnight) as control. Both 28 August and 24 September were work and school days.

The real-time traffic map and journey timing for the two days showed that the longest time to clear the traffic was 12 minutes, which showed up only once (in the 15-minute intervals) during the morning rush-hour survey on those two days. The average normal maximum time taken was 8-10 minutes.  

Lampiran 2/Appendix 2

The following data was collected everyday for a week by a daily commuter

Travelling time from the traffic lights at the Mount Erskine Road-Fettes Road-Lebuhraya Halia crossroads to get past the traffic lights at the Mount Erskine-Gottlieb Road crossroads:

Date: Monday, 18 November 2019

Time: 7.32am – 7.41am (9 minutes)

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Speed: 40-60km/hr

Note: This includes the waiting time at the traffic lights at Lebuhraya Halia (four minutes) crossroads, the traffic lights at the T- junction at Tingkat Erskine Satu, and the traffic lights at Mount Erskine Road-Gottlieb Road before crossing into Gottlieb Road.

Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Time: 7.41am- 7.46am (5 minutes)

Speed: 40-60km/hr;

Note: Slightly more cars today but no waiting (because of the green light) at the Lebuhraya Halia-Mount Erksine Road crossroads and at the traffic light at the T-junction at Tingkat Erksine Satu. A bit of waiting at the traffic light at Mount Erksine-Gottlieb Road crossroads.

Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Time: 7.37am-7.42am (5 minutes)

Speed: 40-60km/hr

Note: This includes the waiting time at the traffic lights at the Lebuhraya Halia-Mount Erksine Road crossroads (about one minute) while the traffic light was green allowing a straight drive through at the T- junction at Tingkat Erskine Satu. But there is a lane for cars to turn right into Hong Seng Estate (the traffic light is red, thus had to indicate to switch to the left lane to go straight. However, cars driving straight were quite fast causing a little delay in switching lanes. Waited at the traffic light at Mount Erksine-Gottlieb Road (less than a minute) before crossing into Gottlieb Road.

Date: Thursday, 21 November 2019

Time: 7.39am-7.45am (6 minutes)

Speed: 50km/hr

Note: This includes the waiting time at the traffic light at the Lebuhraya Halia-Mount Erksine Road crossroads (half a minute) and a wait at the traffic light at the Mount Erksine Road-Gottlieb Road crossroads (two minutes) before crossing to Gottlieb Road.

Date: Friday, 22 November 2019

Time:7.45am- 7.55am (10 mintues)

Speed: 50km/hr

Note: Waited at the traffic light at the Lebuhraya Halia-Mount Erksine Road crossroads (four minutes). Waited for about 30 seconds at the T- junction at Tingkat Erskine Satu and waited at the traffic lights at Mount Erksine Road-Gottlieb Road (three minutes) before crossing into Gottlieb Road.

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