Penang LRT: Stay the course or switch tracks?

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Penang’s elevated light rail transit system, the “Mutiara Line”, recently received cabinet approval for construction to commence, expected to break ground in the fourth quarter of this year.

However, not everyone is convinced that an LRT system is Penang’s best option. Some advocate for a trackless tram system, an autonomous rapid transit or ART. What would best serve Penang’s transportation needs?

Astro Awani’s Melisa Idris speaks to Zairil Khir Johari, the Penang state executive councillor for infrastructure and transport, and Dr Rosli Khan, partner and managing director of MDS Traffic Planners & Consultants.

Produced by: Astro Awani

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T. K. Hwang
T. K. Hwang
17 Jun 2024 10.37am

Kindly check on Ariculated buses in London, which was started over 20 yars ago and discontinued in 2011. Many accidents.
Please also refer to Shwebel bahn in Wuppertal, Germany, LRT from Guangzhou E to Zhuhai

Khoo Soo Hay
Khoo Soo Hay
4 Jun 2024 1.36pm

Putting the trams back in Penang goes back to Pre World War II. It will add to the congestion in George Town’s narrow roads. Better to have the elevated LRT system, where traffic can travel upstairs and downstaits!