Penang Transport Master Plan

In its endeavour to create a highly liveable, economically vibrant and socially inclusive community in Penang, the Penang State Government has identified three major concerns that need to be addressed – Crime, Cleanliness and Traffic Congestion.Through continuous efforts, significant progress has been achieved in reducing crime, improving public safety, and in upkeeping a clean, comfortable environment.

Nevertheless, traffic congestion still remains a primary concern exacerbated by the dynamics of economic growth and influx of tourists to our vibrant heritage city – a case of the State becoming a victim of its own success.To meet the challenges ahead, the State commissioned a Transport Master Plan Strategy Report with an aim to improve the State’s present transport system by adopting a balanced approach for public transport and highway improvements.

The central premise of the State’s strategy is simple – which is to “move people, not vehicles”. The strategy report, a collaborative effort with the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) was conducted by Halcrow and published in 2013. It offered transport improvement to be implemented in the short term (2013-2015), medium term (2015-2020) and long term (2020-2030) horizons.For highway projects recommended in the transport strategy, the adopted approach involved a land swap model to construct three new highways in Penang Island and a third undersea tunnel project to be carried out by Zenith-BUCG Consortium.

To further enhance connectivity between the island the mainland, there is a proposal by Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) for a cable car project linking Penang Island with the new transport hub in Seberang Perai, called Penang Sentral.The sea tunnel and cable car connections are two of the five links that will connect Penang Island and the mainland, with the other three links consist of the two existing Penang Bridges and the proposed George Town-Butterworth LRT line.

The State has taken a pragmatic approach to the PTMP’s proposed integrated public transport system with a central ambition to actively influence mode shift from private to public transport.SRS Consortium’s proposal in answering the State’s Request for Proposal (RFP) which began from August 2014 till February 2015, encompassed a holistic and integrated public transport and road network to cater to future travel demands in the next 50 years.In solving Penang’s transport problems, SRS Consortium’s proposal will also deliver significant economic and employment benefits to Penang in a sustainable manner through the creation of reclaimed islands in the southern coast of Penang Island.


Public Transport 

  1. Bayan Lepas LRT
  2. Ayer Itam Monorail
  3. Tanjung Tokong Monorail
  4. Raja Uda – Sg Nyiur – Bukit Mertajam – Permatang Tinggi  Monorail 
    - Extension (BRT) northwards to Kepala Batas
  5. Tram


  1. Pan Island Link 1
  2. Pan Island Link 2 & 2A


  1. North Coast Pair Road

Interchange (IC)

  1. Butterworth - Kulim Expressway (BKE IC)
  2. Juru IC

Missing Links and Road Upgrading

  1. Permatang Pasir- Perda
  2. Bukit Minyak


    1. Permatang Tinggi - Batu Kawan line.

       -Extension northwards to Bukit Tengah / Seberang Jaya
       -Extension southwards to Nibong Tebal

Penang Undersea Tunnel

  1. Phase la
  2. Phase lb
  3. Phase 2
  4. Phase 3

Sky Cab

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