Public Transport Network
SRS Consortium’s public transport master plan outlines an integrated transit network with appropriate longterm capacity to increase public transport adoption in Penang. The public transport strategy is designed to work in concert with concurrent upgrades in the road and highway network as well as others to achieve holistic improvement and higher efficiency in travel experience for the public.
For the Penang Island, four transit lines are proposed:
- Bayan Lepas LRT;
- Ayer Itam monorail;
- Tg Tokong monorail; and
- Tram (in George Town heritage area).
At the same time, three transit lines are proposed in Seberang Perai to connect with the newly completed KTM Komuter line:
- George Town-Butterworth LRT integrating rail transit lines in Penang Island with those in Seberang Perai;
- Monorail from Raja Uda to Bkt Mertajam/Alma (with BRT extension to Kepala Batas and Kulim); and
- Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) from Permatang Tinggi to Batu Kawan (with extension northwards to Seberang Jaya and southwards to Nibong Tebal).
SRS Consortium’s proposed public transport network takes cognisance of the need to enable efficient multi-modal integration and flexibility in delivery phasing in order to maximise accessibility, future catchment and economic viability.
The proposal recommends for transit network to not be planned line by line, however each line can be constructed at a different time within the proposed framework. This allows for better integration between current and future lines.
The prescribed systems in the proposed public transport network, though subject to continuous reviews and improvements, would serve to shape foreseeable future transit-oriented developments (TODs) and function as a framework to ensure sustainability of future lines. It is also an essential step in integrating transit with land use planning as part of the Structure or Local Plan process.
With an integrated approach, the entire transit system will operate effectively as a single ‘unified’ network to provide a seamless and cohesive public transport strategy.
Notably, transit lines slated for future realisation are still subject to further feasibility evaluation at the time of execution, taking into consideration travel demand, development intensity, transit system capacity, target modal share and sociopolitical acceptance of appropriate transit system (elevated or at-grade). Hence, the priority transit line – the Bayan Lepas LRT – will still be subject to public opinion and feedback, as part of the Railway Scheme approval process under the purview of the Federal Government.
|Penang Island – Proposed Lines||Length (km)||Number of Stations|
|1||Bayan Lepas LRT||30||27|
|2||Ayer Itam Monorail||13||13|
|3||Tg Tokong Monorail||7||8|
|Seberang Perai – Proposed Lines||Length (km)||Number of Stations|
|1||George Town (The Light) – Butterworth (Penang Sentral) – Sg Nyiur LRT||18||8|
|2||Raja Uda – Sg Nyiur – Bukit Mertajam – Permatang Tinggi Monorail||28||21|
|2a||Extension (BRT) northwards to Kepala Batas||13||10|
|3||Permatang Tinggi – Batu Kawan BRT||14||15|
|3a||Extension northwards to Bukit Tengah/Seberang Jaya||15||16|
|3b||Extension southwards to Nibong Tebal||11||6|