The proposed Bayan Lepas LRT line will be about 30 km in length with 27 stations running from KOMTAR to the future reclaimed islands in the south.
Besides passing through must-go-points at KOMTAR, Bayan Lepas FIZ and the Penang International Airport, the line will also serve established and planned residential townships and employment hubs in Jelutong, The Light, Gelugor, Batu Uban, SPICE in Bayan Baru, Sg Tiram and Batu Maung.
The proposed alignment of the Bayan Lepas LRT serves the heavier travel demand corridor in the eastern or Bayan Lepas belt – from KOMTAR all the way to the Penang International Airport. The LRT system is most suitable to cater for future increases in travel demand from:
- Expansion of the Penang International Airport from 6.5 million passengers per annum to potentially 20 million passengers per annum;
- Expansion of the Bayan Lepas industrial zone; and
- The developments in the southern coast reclaimed islands.
The LRT is also recommended based on its superior performance with respect to its long-term practicality for the required long route length, ridership demand and better operational performance.
In terms of integration, the line will integrate with the Sky Cab line across the Malacca Straits at the Sky Cab Station, as well as with the George Town-Butterworth LRT line at The Light Station.
The rail line also integrates with other forms of public transport services such as the inter-city buses at the Sg Nibong Express Bus Terminal and commercial aviation at the Penang International Airport
The 18km George Town-Butterworth LRT line will begin at The Light Station (on the Bayan Lepas LRT line) and terminates at Sg Nyiur Station for interchange transfer with Raja Uda-Bkt Mertajam Monorail line. Besides accomodating a panoramic sea view, the LRT line offers an efficient alternative connection – the fifth link – between key commercial and residential hubs on both ends of Penang Island and Mainland across the Malacca Straits.
Importantly, it fuses the rail network on both sides for passenger transfer between transit lines. It will be a vital connector and interchange with other rail networks in the state, such as the proposed monorail line from Raja Uda to Bkt Mertajam and BRT line from Permatang Tinggi to Batu Kawan. The proposed LRT line will enable passengers to travel from the Prai Industrial Estate, Penang Sentral and established housing estates in Seberang Perai towards Gelugor on Penang Island in a single journey.