NGOs: Don’t rush to endorse Penang Transport Master Plan

Fifteen local NGOs have cautioned Penangites not to rush to endorse the state’s mega-billion transport master plan (PTMP), saying more consultation and transparency are needed in the massive deal.

The NGOs, including Aliran and the Penang Heritage Trust, issued a joint statement giving Penangites nine major reasons why “the people of Penang should not be rushed into signing this important agreement”.

They said this while commending and expressing support on the need to prioritise public transport over the present private car-centric transport system.

Critical issues they want the state and its appointed project delivery partner SRS Consortium to address include the tremendous costs involved – currently estimated at RM40 billion.. .

“The most worrying concern is that the PTMP lacks vision, it is touted as a plan for Penang for the next 50 years yet it is trapped in 20th century technology and approach in planning,” the NGOs said.

“It proposes obsolescent solutions to Penang’s transport problems, ignoring the latest developments in mass transit planning around the world.

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PTMP: 385 MEDIA ARTICLES, LETTERS AND DIFFERING OPINIONS OF THE PENANG TRANSPORT MASTER PLAN 

A great wealth of useful information on this troubled and highly divisive PTMP program, coming from a wide variety of sources and reflecting sharply differing views of the sources, reporters and contributors.

Direct: link:  https://www.thestar.com.my/search/?q=%22penang+transport+master+plan%22&qkey=penang+transport+master+plan

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Op-Ed. PTPM SHOULD MOVE PEOPLE, NOT VEHICLES

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PTMP Monorail proposal: Burma Road

Op-Ed by Councillor, Dr. Chee Heng Leng, City Council of Penang Island,  appearing in The Star Online, 14 Aug. 2017. He refers to Nicholas Theng’s letter “Let rational minds prevail” (The Star, Aug 9).

Theng argues, first of all, that because the federal Barisan Nasional government refused to build any monorails or LRTs in Penang for the last 10 years, Penangites developed a deep-rooted preference for, and habit of, relying on cars, and that it will take time for them to change. Reasoning that since the LRT (from Komtar to Bayan Lepas) will take seven years to build, and giving one year for people to adapt, he concludes that this will mean another eight years of traffic congestion, and therefore the construction of strategic bypasses (presumably including highways) and public transport is necessary.

Theng’s argument contains assumptions but he is right to pinpoint time as a crucial factor in dealing with our transport problems. He neglects to point out, however, that highways and “strategic bypasses”, not just LRTs, also take a long time to build. The Pan-Island Expressway 1 (PIL1), which is currently under public scrutiny, will also take between five and seven years to build, perhaps even more as the risk of delay is certainly high with 10.1km of its 19.5km under tunnels and much of the rest on viaducts.

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Op-Ed. Protesters rally in Penang against exorbitant RM46bn transport proposal

Penang Malaysia PTMP protest

About a hundred concerned Penangites gathered peacefully outside the Penang State Assembly this morning to call for an an independent review of SRS Consortium’s outlandish RM46bn transport proposal, which critics have derided as a ‘property play’.

Under the proposal, an RM8bn six-lane highway will eventually link high-end property development on reclaimed land opposite Gurney Plaza off Gurney Drive to more high-end development on three artificial islands in southern Penang Island. Under phase one of the highway, it ends not far from even more high-end property development on reclaimed land now under construction off the coast of southeastern Penang Island.

The multi-ethnic crowd of protesters this morning included concerned residents, academics, environmentalists, park-lovers, advocates of the fishing communities and the marine ecology, representatives of various residents associations and activists.

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Op-Ed. Why bulldoze through Penang undersea tunnel project?

 

This is the fourth article in a series to explain why the Penang state government should get an independent review of the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP). Ahmad Hilmy & Lim Mah Hui  |  Published: 6 Aug 2018. https://www.malaysiakini.co

ANALYSIS | Why does Penang need to rush to have the 7.2km undersea tunnel project when the original Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) officially adopted by the state government clearly states that it is not an urgent priority?

Why this haste when the survey of Penang’s traffic volume by UK-based engineering consultant Halcrow showed that cross-channel traffic in 2011 accounted for only 7 percent of total state traffic during peak hours?

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Op-Ed. ON TRAMS AND MONORAILS, AND LRT AND BRT, AND SKYCABS AND BRIDGES AND UNDERWATER TUNNELS, AND ALL THOSE SHINY BITS OF EXTORTIANATE “GAME-CHANGER” TECHNOLOGY THAT . . .

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. . .  will, believe me, most demonstrably not solve the twin problems of (a) congestion (i.e., too many cars )plus (b) insufficient alternatives including safe, affordable and convenient public, shared and active transport.
The trick, dear friends, is not to get into a heated conversation with the other side about this or that bit of technology. Because our good friends over there have utterly failed to do the necessary homework. They are proposing solutions without having carried out the necessary strategic analysis. Which is quite simply because they have insufficient competence in the field of sustainable transport, and its principal subset in this case, namely TDM -that is Transport Demand Management. As Halcrow has abundantly pointed out.). And which is what this whole Penang Challenge is all about.

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Op-Ed. Ten quick public questions on costs and benefits of proposed PTMP initiatives. (Your views?)

Malaysia Penang PTMP project map

Ten questions addressed to state government and the SRS program team. Intended for professional, qualified sustainable transport experts to have sound science-based information available to all, on the costs and benefits of each of the indicated technology/infrastructure projects at the heart of the PTMP.   These are issues, questions, and answers that need to be made publicly available 24/7.

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