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All you need to know about the Penang Transport Master Plan project

Project Overview

What is Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP)?

PTMP will be the key solution to meet the expected increase in travel demand in Penang over the next 50 years (2015 - 2065) from higher employment and investments, population growth and the booming tourism industry.

Why does Penang need it?

The PTMP is key to enhancing Penang’s economy, attractiveness and liveability. It is envisioned to change the transportation and housing landscape of Penang, upgrade public transport system and improve connectivity and accessibility. It also helps to: • Reduce major traffic issues in Penang • Lower travel expenses • Reduce journey time • Create job opportunities • Offer various modes of transport Without improvements to the current public transport infrastructure, road congestion will continue to deteriorate as Penang’s population increases. This will impact travel time and the overall quality of life in Penang.

What are the components proposed by SRS Consortium under the Penang Transport Master Plan?

The Penang Transport Master Plan will comprise of a network of public transport, highways and roads that will be integrated with various modes of existing transport to serve the needs of the future population and to support Penang's economic growth in the next decades. The components proposed by SRS Consortium include:

* The overall length of the proposed Bayan Lepas LRT is 30km, including additional stations to be built in the future reclaimed islands in the south.

When will the project construction begin and will it be done simultaneously?

The Bayan Lepas LRT and Pan Island Link 1 (PIL1) are deemed as priority projects and major works are targeted to commence as early as 2017.

What is the total cost of the project?

RM27bil is the initial estimation of the project cost. However, the actual cost will only be known once the PDP undertakes the detailed design and completes the tender process.

How will the project be funded?

The PTMP projects are proposed to be financed by the sale of reclaimed islands in the southern coast of Penang Island. The Penang State Government claims full ownership of the reclaimed land and will carry out tenders to sell the land in the open market.

Will the PIL1 highway be a tolled highway?

Similar to the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, Penangites will continue to enjoy toll-free access to the PIL1 highway.

Which roads will be closed during construction?

The construction elements will be determined through the design stage. A proper traffic management plan will be put in place to ensure efficient movement of traffic and help minimise traffic disruption.

Will the heritage site be affected?

We recognise and value the importance of World Heritage Sites as some of the most unique places in the world because of the range of natural or cultural features and values that have stood the test of time. To ensure the conservation of the special characteristics and unique forms of architecture, culture and cityscape of the buildings in the George Town World Heritage Site, the proposed Bayan Lepas LRT and future transit lines will accordingly be aligned around the perimeter of the heritage site and buffer zone. In compliance with the heritage guidelines, the tram line within the World Heritage Site will be at-grade (on ground).

How does the proposed transport network improve connectivity?

The proposals by SRS Consortium, Zenith-BUCG Consortium and Malaysian Resources Corp Berhad (MRCB) form a collective and holistic transport network that aims to improve integration with existing and future infrastructures and developments that are underway, while incorporating a clear hierarchical approach in terms of delivery. The identified corridors in the proposed projects will result in comprehensive transport coverage across both the island and the mainland. Among the key considerations made in the proposed transport network are critical high-density residential, employment and commercial areas to ensure the highest catchment and ridership. Importantly, while mass rail transit will form the major backbone for public transport in Penang in the coming decades, it will be well supported by a strong network of feeder buses to improve accessibility within the immediate catchment of the respective stations.

How many property acquisitions will take place?

Studies are currently been conducted to identify the amount of property lots and tenants whose properties will be needed for this project. We will work closely, sensitively, and respectfully with all affected tenants and property owners throughout the acquisition process. We will also be engaging with people whose properties will not be required for the project, but will be affected by its construction. Studies are currently been conducted to identify the amount of property lots and tenants whose properties will be needed for this project. We will work closely, sensitively, and respectfully with all affected tenants and property owners throughout the acquisition process. We will also be engaging with people whose properties will not be required for the project, but will be affected by its construction.

How will the tender process for Work Package Contractors?

In line with the procurement guidelines, a competitive tender process will be carried out in an objective and transparent manner.

Is there provision for airport expansion?

Among the facilities to be expanded in the Penang International Airport’s expansion may include the main terminal, training centre and multi-storey car park.

I want to give my feedback on the LRT and PIL1 alignment, how can I do that?

There will be several avenues to share feedback and suggestions including the feedback form available in this website, during ongoing public engagement sessions, as well as during the public display period that will be announced at a later date.

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