Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Penang Central Rapid Transit Corridors

Penang Transit faces a peculiar problem of serious lack of transit stations , this is a unique problem that no other transit planner will face. It is common sense to expect the building and setup of transit stations in any transit planning. Land normally will be allocated to build the infrastructure. The built environment of Penang is so bad that there is hardly any available land that can be used as a transit station unless the state government go for forced land acquisition.
Without transit stations it will make transfer and interchange a difficult task for commuters.

With the type of predicament we face, we need to establish all the transit corridors and the servicing routes that addresses current and future transit needs to improve route connectivity.

The following are two main corridors that need to be established between :
1) Lenbuhraya Lim Chong Eu and Gurney Drive
2) Pengkalan Weld and Paya Terubung

After identifying the main transit corridors, we need to establish the bus servicing routes as follow:
Route To/from
A1 Paya Terubung - Jalan Air Hitam-Jalan Masjid Negeri - Jalan Scotland - Jalan Utama- Jalan Gottlieb - Jalan Bagan Jermal -Gurney Drive
A2 Paya Terubung - Jalan Air Hitam - Jalan Dato Keramat - Jalan Magazine-Jalan Ria - Komtar Terminal--Jalan Ria - Jalan Lim Chwee leong - Jalan Pinang - Lebuh Chulia - Gat Lebuh Chulia- Pengkalan Weld
A3 Paya Terubung-- Jalan Air Hitam-Jalan Masjid Negeri -Jalan Tunku Kudin-Tesco (Taman Kudin) - Lebuhraya Lim Chong Eu
A4 Lebuhraya Lim Chong Eu- Tesco (Taman Kudin) -Jalan Tunku Kudin-Jalan Masjid Negeri - Jalan Scotland - Jalan Utama - Jalan Gottlieb - Jalan Bagan Jermal - Gurney Drive

By arranging the bus servicing routes in this manner on the central rapid transit corridors together with the outer ring rapid transit corridor, the network of servicing will cover almost all the major road system in the island. With the compliment of the existing bus services, the bus rapid transit will be the only alternative that we should look forwards to easy our traffic woes.

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