Bayan Lepas LRT Public Inspection

BAYAN LEPAS LRT PUBLIC INSPECTION

The Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) is a comprehensive five-in-one transport blueprint consisting of light rail transit (LRT)/monorail, ferries, taxis, buses and water taxis to meet Penang’s needs over the next 50 years.

The Bayan Lepas LRT (BL LRT) is the first urban rail line to be built under the PTMP. It serves as the North-South public transport corridor and will form the backbone of rail transit on Penang Island.

The implementation of the PTMP demonstrates the State Government’s commitment to provide better and well-connected public transportation services, improve the standard of living for Penangites and turn Penang into an ideal business and tourism destination.

The PTMP aims to progressively increase the public transport modal share to 40% in the long term and will act as a major catalyst for Penangites to use public transport in an effort to reduce congestion.

The LRT network provides direct airport transit from the Penang International Airport to major destinations on Penang Island as well as future connectivity to the mainland. It will be served by a systematic feeder service network within a 3km radius to ferry commuters to and from the stations.

BAYAN LEPAS LRT

The BL LRT line will run from George Town to the Penang International Airport, terminating at the future Penang South Reclamation (PSR) Smart City.

The proposed alignment is 29.9km, of which 21.3km runs within Penang Island from Komtar to Permatang Damar Laut. Out of a total of 27 stations, 19 will be built on the island, with the rest to be built on the manmade islands in the south.

VENUES AND SCHEDULES

FACTS AND FIGURES

Station names are provisional and subject to confirmation.
Length

29.9km

Number of stations

27

Stations with Park & Ride facilities

8 (5 – Phase 1, 3 – Phase 2)

All stations are ‘differently abled’ and senior citizen friendly

100%

Estimated end-to-end journey time

58 min

Serves a catchment population of

600,000 * (tambahan 400,000 penumpang dari Penambakan Selatan Pulau Pinang)

Estimated daily ridership

81000 **

Service frequency

4 min

*Forecasted based on the Statistics Department’s Population and Housing Census of Malaysia, 2010

**Upon the completion of full BL LRT line in 2038

STATIONS

The proposed BL LRT line will have 27 elevated stations with the following facilities:

  • Lifts and escalators to  concourse and platform levels
  • Customer service office
  • Ticket vending machines
  • Male and female surau
  • Male and female toilets

All stations will be designed to provide universal access and will include:

  • Ramp access
  • Tactile tiles
  • Braille buttons in lifts
  • Low counters and lift buttons for wheelchair users
  • Universal access toilets

The BL LRT follows international standards and adheres to best practices for emergency evacuations while complying with standard safety regulations.

Safety feature at stations

  • Monitored by closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras
  • Help points for passengers to contact station staff for assistances
  • Well-lit
  • Equipped with fire detection system and;
  • Public address system for announcements

Safety feature in trains

  • Passenger Emergency Communication for passengers to contact the Operations Control Centre during emergencies
  • Monitored by closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras
  • Public address system for announcements

Track safety

  • Platform end barriers to prevent access to the tracks
  • Fencing where applicable
  • Emergency walkways for evacuation

BENEFITS OF TAKING THE BL LRT

It’s convenient and safe

Seamless and reliable ride to your destination.

Say goodbye to traffic jams

Getting to places willbe easier and faster.

Cleaner, greener Penang

Protect the environment with lower carbon footprint.

Healthier living

Stay fit and healthy by walking or cycling from your home or office.

Save time and money

Reduce your travelling time and forget about rising petrol prices and expensive parking charges.

Catalyse economic growth

Opens up new economic possiblities for all sectors.

Travel efficiently

With higher capacity train coaches and train frequency of 4 minutes, you are guaranteed a comfortable and efficient journey.

Greater accessibility

Users can access the LRT by:
Walking > cycling > driving (Park & Ride) > public transport, feeder service, taxis.

Plan your journey ahead

All LRT stations are equipped with Passenger Information Display System (PIDS) so you can know when the train will arrive.

PROJECT TIMELINE

The following is the expected timeline for the BL LRT development:

ELEVATED ALIGNMENT

The elevated alignment of the BL LRT will be built on guideways supported by piers. The height of the guideway depends on various factors such as the terrain on which it is built and whether it has to span over roads.

CONSTRUCTION METHOD

The construction methods used for the BL LRT project are designed to be cost-effective and relatively quick to shorten the construction period; minimise traffic disruption and reduce risks to public safety. The main activities include utilities relocation; and viaduct, elevated station and depot constructions. Viaducts will generally be built either on the median or side of the road. Construction is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2020.A detailed Traffic Management Plan will be implemented by the appointed contractor throughout the construction period.

BL LRT hotline: 1300-88-9700

Operating hours: 8am – 5.30pm (Monday – Friday)