Penang LRT – Bayan Lepas Line

April 6th, 2016 Leave a comment

bayan-lepas-lrt

The proposed Bayan Lepas Light Rail Transit Line will covers a distance of 30km and 27 stations.

Of its 27 proposed stations, 19 are to be in Komtar, Macallum Street area, Bandar Sri Pinang, the future Sky Cab station, East Jelutong, The Light Waterfront, Gelugor, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Batu Uban, Pesta site, Sungai Nibong, Bukit Jambul, Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition (SPICE), Jalan Tengah, FIZ North, FIZ South, Sungai Tiram, Penang International Airport and Permatang Damar Laut.

Eight more stations are planned for the three proposed islands to be reclaimed off the southern coast.

The Bayan Lepas LRT will also have interchange stations connecting three more future LRT and monorail lines still on the drawing table.

They are the Gelugor-Butterworth LRT across the sea, the Paya Terubong-Komtar monorail and the Tanjung Tokong-Komtar monorail.

The route will also be integrated with public transport services in Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal and Penang International Airport.

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  1. Pondok
    April 7th, 2016 at 14:28 | #1

    I found it surprising that the line does not cover Phase 3 and Phase 4 of the Free Industrial Zone (FIZ). There are a lot of multinational companies at those areas, and there a lot of workers as well. Those workers are the potential users of the LRT. Bypassing Phase 3 and Phase 4 seem not the correct way to go….I hope they can rethink the route..

  2. Bull
    April 9th, 2016 at 03:55 | #2

    Please don’t dip lrt

    Do met as it hold more people

    It will be over crowded

  3. Bull
    April 9th, 2016 at 03:55 | #3

    Do mrt, not lrt

  4. Jesper
    April 12th, 2016 at 14:05 | #4

    @Pondok
    they need to consider the utilization of the railway, especially off peak hours and weekends.

  5. Jong Gim
    April 24th, 2016 at 20:26 | #5

    Being a neighborhood country of Thailand.
    This is a moment for us to shine BUT in a good way; and once if our gov strategies are wrong then its truly regrettably, and carries much worsen situation and inconvenience to every users.

    Tanjung Tokong to Komtar 8 stations
    Komtar to PG Airport 18 stations

    By looking at each every stop, the distance is very closed to each other. Hence, for sure the train fares is not going cheaper than bus. So, there’s a big possibility of big waste of tax payers money; as well it just benefited the project developers, contracted tradies for unnecessary in prolonged the progress.

    To make such a total of nearly 30 of train stations, it’s just look very absurb and it sort of creating benefits within gov and these builders.
    It certainly defeat the purpose to the user, I especially those who travelling to work by train and need to struggle everyday for every 3-5 mins stops each station, it just doesn’t help much in smoothing the flow.

    When numbers of stations are getting more, eventually gov will have to create more bus station routes facilities; again it’s a big waste of tax payers money.

    I think with 3mins each stop on every station is just killing times. In the end, users all rather back on the road again.

    Local gov have to look closely on this project, with a very clear definition , not just benefited developing resources, but pls bring extra care that it really save tax payers time, money and continuously bring proud images to foreign investors etc

  6. Chong Chee Leong
    May 5th, 2016 at 13:56 | #6

    I agreed with Jong Gim, it is really does not make sense to have stations so close to each other. This might make people abandon this option of transport. Do not just take recommendation from developer and have your own independent consultant to evaluate if this is viable.
    Their objective is to make more money only.

  7. sking
    May 5th, 2016 at 15:03 | #7

    YUP, fully agreed. LRT is good but too many station killing it.

    imagine 18 station from Komtar – Airport, each station spend 5 mins.
    If you want to go to airport from Komtar, how long already?

  8. Khoo
    May 6th, 2016 at 10:11 | #8

    USM Station in front of the big field does not serve any good to the community in the campus as well as those in Jalan Sungai Dua. It’s a long walking distance to that isolated station.

  9. coolman
    May 6th, 2016 at 10:52 | #9

    Jong Gim :
    Being a neighborhood country of Thailand.
    This is a moment for us to shine BUT in a good way; and once if our gov strategies are wrong then its truly regrettably, and carries much worsen situation and inconvenience to every users.
    Tanjung Tokong to Komtar 8 stations
    Komtar to PG Airport 18 stations
    By looking at each every stop, the distance is very closed to each other. Hence, for sure the train fares is not going cheaper than bus. So, there’s a big possibility of big waste of tax payers money; as well it just benefited the project developers, contracted tradies for unnecessary in prolonged the progress.
    To make such a total of nearly 30 of train stations, it’s just look very absurb and it sort of creating benefits within gov and these builders.
    It certainly defeat the purpose to the user, I especially those who travelling to work by train and need to struggle everyday for every 3-5 mins stops each station, it just doesn’t help much in smoothing the flow.
    When numbers of stations are getting more, eventually gov will have to create more bus station routes facilities; again it’s a big waste of tax payers money.
    I think with 3mins each stop on every station is just killing times. In the end, users all rather back on the road again.
    Local gov have to look closely on this project, with a very clear definition , not just benefited developing resources, but pls bring extra care that it really save tax payers time, money and continuously bring proud images to foreign investors etc

    I cant fully agree with your points.
    As along the Sungai Dua, Bukit Jambul and Bayan Baru are the high density of residential area, it will have a big volume of commuters travelling towards Bayan Lepas or Georgetown.
    We cant just look at the commuters travel from Georgetown to airport but also have to concern on the daily commuters.
    Perhaps there will be one express line cover from airport to town directly.

  10. KimSiew
    May 6th, 2016 at 11:28 | #10

    @Khoo

    Too near people complain noisy, too far people complain too hot and too lazy to walk. Hahaha..:D

  11. Tintin
    May 6th, 2016 at 13:44 | #11

    Very good comments so far,I can’t help but feel this LRT will not solve some of the pressing problems like the daily chaos at Greenlane Jln. Masjib Negeri, will this solve any of the big problems? I don’t know… :)

  12. Dan
    May 6th, 2016 at 14:05 | #12

    Hong Kong MRT also something like this plan. there are two lines from airport, one is express one is normal. express is with less stations.

  13. sirhan wahab
    May 16th, 2016 at 19:32 | #13

    @Bull
    Yes agreed.

    Construct MRT not LRT half bake rail transport. Thinking about the population growth in the next 20yrs.

  14. John
    May 17th, 2016 at 00:35 | #14

    Hi all is the LRT project really confirm? Or just planning only?

  15. gayman
    May 17th, 2016 at 08:02 | #15

    @John

    Just planning only.

  16. John
    May 17th, 2016 at 23:56 | #16

    Ah.. Then seems like all developer trying to use this to market their property..even tho not confirm yet.. Looks like w need to BAN BAN TAN for this to materialize .. Such a big project with lots of $$$ and proper planning needed

  17. gayman
    May 18th, 2016 at 06:54 | #17

    @John

    Yes, it is difficult to tell when things are going to take off. If I were you, I’d buy properties at good locations plus within walking distance to the planned LRT/monorail stations. If the LRT materializes, it’s an added bonus. If not, it doesn’t even matter as the property is at a good location anyway.

  18. lge
    May 18th, 2016 at 15:49 | #18

    if u remember well.. penang time square banking on LRT project to sell their properties 6 7 years ago.. till now zero…now use the same tactic to goreng

  19. Penangite
    May 19th, 2016 at 09:12 | #19

    Not sure if the main objective of having LRT line with so many station is to create a big $ project to justify for reclaim 3 islands or is there real needs. A cost effective way and practical way may be to have BRT, building special land just for the BRT buses (like the Sunway BRT line). It’s more flexible. During peak hours, the special lanes will be closed of to public and only allow BRT (automated gate like in US and Europe), and open for public vehicles during non peak hours.

  20. Kedahan
    May 19th, 2016 at 11:03 | #20

    @Penangite

    Penangites will use the BRT during peak and non peak. They drive two lanes and emergency lane all the times.

  21. BL Tan
    May 19th, 2016 at 20:51 | #21

    @Penangite
    Probably need to install siren on BRT (or NGO’s LRV) to request left & right vehicles to give way. Might work, like the old choo choo train.

  22. Penangite
    May 20th, 2016 at 11:50 | #22

    @Kedahan

    There are few systems installed in US and in European countries. either you can install boom gates at the entrance of the lane (of course the BRT lanes has separators from normal lanes) or cameras installed. BRT buses are installed with RFID and GPS. If non BRT buses detected during peak hours, camera will capture the picture of the vehicle and heavy summons sent to vehicle owner. Lots of countries have done that… not sure why Penang cannot???

  23. Penangite
    May 20th, 2016 at 11:59 | #23

    Some write-ups on BRT

    http://www.apta.com/resources/standards/Documents/APTA-BTS-BRT-RP-003-10.pdf

    http://www.apta.com/resources/standards/Documents/APTA-BTS-BRT-RP-005-10.pdf

  24. MesahJar2Blink
    May 31st, 2016 at 12:45 | #24

    @sking

    why would a LRT stop at a station for 5 mins long? 30 secs is already too long

  25. Isaac
    July 5th, 2016 at 08:44 | #25

    @sking

    If you familiar with LRT in KL, you will notice most stations do not spend more than 5 min. Just let the professionals do their job. they surely know better than us in the planning and design. Of course all these are only empty talk if the federal government doesn’t approve it. Chances of getting LRT remain slim as this is planned by DAP. Approving it will make it look good on DAP and bad for BN.

  26. belinda
    July 5th, 2016 at 10:43 | #26

    @Isaac,

    That’s the political reality in Msia, oppose just for the sake of opposing, and that goes for both ruling and opposition parties. In fact (I know most readers here won’t like to hear this), it’s even worse when it comes to DAP (in my view). But anyway, we are just tax payers, our job is to make sure there is a good check and balance, regardless who runs the state.

  27. C.H.Loh
    January 19th, 2017 at 10:24 | #27

    Bayan Lepas LRT & Georgetown-Butterworth LRT should be build and completed concurrently as Phase 1 along with the 3 PIL road. Reason are mainland folks need to ride flight at Bayan Lepas and island folks need to ride ETS to KL.
    It will maximize the main bone of the ridership for all Penang folks convenient and fast Return On Investment ROI to the government.
    Not only that it will boost the tourism convenient from all state especially those travel from the North (Kedah, Perlis, Bangkok…etc) get in Penang Sentral to reach island for food heaven & heritage.
    In next 5 to 10 years we see mainland will be next driven economy to Penang so the monorail line Raja Uda-BM should be build under Phase 2 along with BRT & road upgrading.
    This is the best time to develop mainland while it is still got room to play and not fully pack with major integrated development like island where lot compensation/land acquire require costly to Penang government.

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