The Privileged Few: Getting to work on one more morning in Penang
By. E. Britton. World Streets, 11 July 2018
Dear Friends. Transport planning, engineering, policy and investment in cities and regions is a complex systemic challenge which requires extensive analytic work, up-to-date technical skills and careful planning and preparation in each case. In short, lots of first rate science.
So before we start to get into conversations about your or my wishes, thoughts and preferences for specific big technology choices — more roads, wider roads, tunnels, freight delivery, pedestrianization, cycling, PRT. GRT, LRT, BRT, monorails, SkyCabs, trams, ride sharing,carsharing, pedestrian bridges, parking policy, congestion charging, eco-districts, signaling and signage ,equity, policing and enforcement, Driverless cars, UBER, elderly and handicapped, schools, safety, security, speed, dignity, gas prices, active transport, etc. etc. , — we all have to do our homework first. I am sure you agree.
In our particular case here in Penang the internationally recognized transport consultancy Halcrow — who I promise you are very good at all these technical and institutional challenges, — spent two years working hard with a highly qualified staff to orient and guide Penang in your future transport choices — ending up with eight thoughtful volumes of recommendations -, of which I attach two here — which are essential reading for policy makers, civil society, the private sector, and concerned citizens.