Expert Op-Ed: Role of public transport in relieving traffic congestion in Penang

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EXPERTS believe that improving public transportation is one of the most important ways of easing traffic flow on highways during festive seasons.
 
Traffic engineering specialist Dr Law Teik Hua said instead of widening roads and highways, the authorities should focus on upgrading the public transportation system.
 
“It is not necessary to widen roads to ease traffic. It will be costly and time-consuming to do this.
 
“We cannot say that widening roads will solve the congestion problem. That is not right.
 
“We must have a clear policy whether we want to promote private or public vehicles.
 
“Perhaps it is okay to have roads widened to ease traffic flow in the future, but what about the off period (non-festive season)?
 
“It is wasteful. Why don’t we use our resources to invest in upgrading public transportation?
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Author: Dr. Teik Hua Law.
Universiti Putra Malaysia | UPM ·
Department of Civil Engineering ·
PhD in Transportation (Imperial College)

EMERGING MOBILITY SERVICES: A WORKING TOPOGRAPHY

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EMERGING MOBILITY SERVICES (rCITI)

A team from the Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) School of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia Emerging Mobility Services offers their own definitions, which includes, but is not limited to, the following topics: *

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Penang? Good morning. May we present Micromobility?

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In brief:

Micromobility is a category of modes of transport that are provided by very light vehicles such as electric scooterselectric skateboardsshared bicycles and electric pedal assisted, pedelec, bicycles.  The primary condition for inclusion in the category is a gross vehicle weight of less than 500 kg. Additional conditions are the provision of a motor, primary utility use, and availability as a shared service. (Thanks WP.)  Note: Additional graphics below purloined from the net. Creative Commons –

Micromobility’s 15,000-mile checkup

January 2019 | Article By Kersten Heineke, Benedikt Kloss, Darius Scurtu, and Florian Weig   Source and full text, graphics and links:  https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/automotive-and-assembly/our-insights/micromobilitys-15000-mile-checkup

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Democracy, Civil Society, & Team Building in Penang: Key Organizations and Agencies

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Civil Society is the life raft of 21st century democracy

The following listing of twenty-plus organizations is intended eventually to be extended to identify all those groups and institutions who are going to have a role in the restructuring of Penang’s mobility arrangements. (Note: Each of these entries is clickable and will take you directly to the indicated source.)

But here’s our question. Are there other groups, programs and agencies (and companies and media) who should be identified here for communication and coordination purposes in support of the project?  For example, are there units or projects at the level of local government which are aimed at specific near term problems or issues

And should you have a contact name and email address at hand, that would be much appreciated. If so please let us know via the email address penang@ecoplan.org. Thank you.

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Save Penang! Reject three artificial islands creation in Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.

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 Forty-five NGOs have come together today to support the petition Civil society groups have started an online petition calling on Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and other government leaders to reject the creation of three islands in the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.. The petition was started by former city councillor Khoo Salma Nasution  on behalf of Penang Forum, a coalition of local NGOs. It lists 20 reasons why the project, which is slated to fund the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), should be cancelled.  Forty-five NGOs have come together today to support the petition .

Speaking to Malaysiakini, Khoo said the lack of public consultation and detailed information about the project is “shocking” in view of the size of the proposed reclamation.

   * * * Click here for latest news on the petition

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PART ONE: THIS, GENTLEMEN, IS WHAT TRANSPORT PLANNING AND POLICY SHOULD LOOK LIKE IN YOUR CITY

 It’s the weekend, so a few pictures to warm up our topic:

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Penang Forum Highway Review Committee in discussion. January 2019.

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What’s wrong with Old Mobility (i.e., the one we have)?

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same
level of thinking that created them.” — Albert Einstein

Well when it comes specifically to our present arrangements for transport in cities the answer to this is a very long one.  Just to hit the high spots:

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