An aerial view of Sia Boey near Komtar. The former market site has been proposed as the location of the Komtar station of the Bayan Lepas LRT.
Information on the RM27bil Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) is now available with just a click of the mouse.
The public can now secure the latest details via pgmasterplan.penang.gov.my, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
He said the public could also email feedback, suggestions and complaints on PTMP via firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We will take into account all feedback. The website also has answers to frequently asked questions about the master plan.
Besides information on the PTMP, the website also offers details on the RM6.3bil undersea tunnel by Consortium Zenith BUCG and the Sky Cab project by MRCB Bhd.
“There are also details on the RM6.3bil undersea tunnel by Consortium Zenith BUCG and the Sky Cab project by MRCB Bhd,” he said after launching the website at Komtar yesterday.
The tunnel will connect mainland Bagan Ajam with Gurney Drive while Sky Cab is a cable car link between Penang Sentral in Butterworth and the future development of Jelutong landfill.
State exco member Chow Kon Yeow, who was present, hailed the Bayan Lepas LRT as the future backbone of public rail transport in the state.
Its proposed systems, alignment, project structure, implementation plan and all related activities were submitted to the Land Public Transport Commission for approval.
The proposed central station will be on the former Sia Boey (Penang Hokkien for ‘Town’s End’) wet market site beside Komtar at the Lebuh Carnarvon junction.
Of its 27 proposed stations, 19 are to be in Komtar, Macallum Street area, Bandar Sri Pinang, the future Sky Cab station, East Jelutong, The Light Waterfront, Gelugor, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Batu Uban, Pesta site, Sungai Nibong, Bukit Jambul, Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition (SPICE), Jalan Tengah, FIZ North, FIZ South, Sungai Tiram, Penang International Airport and Permatang Damar Laut.
Eight more stations are planned for the three proposed islands to be reclaimed off the southern coast.
The Bayan Lepas LRT will also have interchange stations connecting three more future LRT and monorail lines still on the drawing table.
They are the Gelugor-Butterworth LRT across the sea, the Paya Terubong-Komtar monorail and the Tanjung Tokong-Komtar monorail.
Chow said that upon implementation, the LRT was expected to contribute significantly to achieve the targeted 40% public transport usage-rate by 2030 in the region.
Among the other components of the PTMP are trams, e-bus, rapid bus transit, a pan- island expressway, a catamaran system and a RM100mil highway interchange upgrading project.
Three islands measuring 930ha, 566ha and 323ha are proposed to be created in the south to fund the PTMP.
The appointed Project Delivery Partner of the PTMP, SRS Consortium, has been actively engaging stakeholders on behalf of the state government. - The Star