George Town Tram Line


The George Town World Heritage guideline states that the future developments shall not impact or demolish any part of the heritage buildings. In compliance with the heritage guideline, the tram line within World Heritage Site will be at-grade (on-ground) and feeds into the KOMTAR interchange station to seamlessly integrate with the Bayan Lepas LRT and the two monorail lines. Tram is proposed to be the best transit solution to ensure the conservation of the characteristics and unique forms of architecture, culture, and cityscape of the heritage buildings. Therefore, the LRT and monorail systems will accordingly be aligned around the perimeter of the heritage site.

The George Town Tram line is a revival of a pre-independence feature in the historic George Town area, making it a truly unique tourist attraction at strategic points of interest. The almost 2km tram line with six designated stops will begin at KOMTAR and end at the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal. Besides providing convenient hop-on hop-off connectivity within the George Town World Heritage zone and complements the CAT e-Bus services, the stop at the ferry enables travellers to reach Butterworth by sea across the Malacca Straits.

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  1. Jesper
    May 5th, 2016 at 10:22 | #1

    Has this plan being approved and when is the estimated completion date?

  2. Macha
    May 6th, 2016 at 08:59 | #2

    This should be good for Penang tourism, having taken the tram in Hong Kong, it is mostly used by tourist and local aunties & uncles, as it is very slow, slower than walking sometime in busy street, there are even plans by Hong Kong government to scrap it, but was strongly protested against. So hope our government really study the pros and cons carefully before implementing.

  3. Tintin
    May 6th, 2016 at 13:32 | #3

    Very true, There is so little space currently, they probably have to ban cars from the core zone if they want to do trams, maybe a fleet of electric trishaws integrated with an app system on a smartphone would be better.

  4. bhloy
    May 6th, 2016 at 19:42 | #4

    funny isn’t it? U hv one govt who rule Pg for 22 yrs and did nothing & now U hv a govt who wants to create something for the future of penangites and U see groups having different thots! the world is a fun place to live in!

  5. Kta
    May 6th, 2016 at 22:57 | #5

    Of course having many different thots is a great thing! It is when we have different thoughts and perspectives that we can see things from different angles and attempt to derive the most polished answer to the problem. We should all be extremely glad that there are finally so many people taking notice of the Penang Transport Master Plan to ensure itwill really be the best for Penang. Note, i am not being sarcastic here.

  6. Tintin
    May 10th, 2016 at 11:48 | #6

    So many talks without the WALKS

  7. Tintin
    May 10th, 2016 at 12:54 | #7

    Oi, if you want to post low quality comments please choose your own nickname please, thanks.

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