Penang LRT to go underground and undersea


Penang has agreed to have some of its LRT stations underground instead of elevated, says chief minister Chow Kon Yeow.

Chow said following the latest presentation by the transport ministry and MRT Corp yesterday, the underground sections proposed would be in the city centre in George Town.

One of the underground stations there would serve as a major interchange for a future undersea train line connecting the island and Seberang Perai.

“(The transport ministry and MRT Corp) have proposed to go underground so as to support a cross-channel link. These underground stations on the island would serve as interchanges (to the undersea train link to Seberang Perai),” he told reporters in Bayan Baru today.

Chow said that under the proposal, the undersea train link would be part of a future phase of LRT lines that would extend to the entire length of Seberang Perai – from Kepala Batas to Simpang Ampat.

In May, Putrajaya announced that Penang’s 27-station LRT project would be fully funded by Putrajaya through MRT Corp, including an extension of the line from Komtar to Tanjung Bungah. The Komtar station will be the main station and is set to be located next to Sia Boey, an old market next to Komtar.

The price tag for the LRT project had originally been estimated at RM10 billion when it was to be self-financed by the Penang government through land reclamation.

Work on the project connecting Bayan Lepas near the airport to Tanjung Bungah is set to start later this year, and is to be completed in five years, transport minister Loke Siew Fook had said.

Source: FMT Online

  1. shanqiao
    August 20th, 2023 at 11:04 | #1

    Talk is always easy but where’s the moneys moneys ? Moreover, the whole is in a critical situation where disaster is brewing silently ! Can we Malaysia gets away from the macro conditions ?

  2. LL
    August 20th, 2023 at 11:33 | #2

    All is just gimmick to be recycled every 5 years

  3. Alan Tan
    August 20th, 2023 at 23:55 | #3

    Just listen will do since it will repeated every 5 years before and after election.

  4. millionaire
    August 21st, 2023 at 00:06 | #4

    So we go back to feasibility study again on under ground and under sea?
    Still remember the feasibility study on undersea tunnel? Forever show 9x.xx% which could never reach 100%.

  5. ssspring
    August 21st, 2023 at 08:53 | #5

    After 5 years says: oh it is not workable, we will look for on the ground

  6. ssspring
    August 21st, 2023 at 08:57 | #6

    Prior to approving any further housing projects, it is essential that we address the existing traffic congestion issues. For instance, if we take a look at the situation in Sg Ara, we can observe that multiple condominiums have been constructed over the past decade. However, the road infrastructure has not seen corresponding improvements, leading to increased traffic woes for the residents.

  7. Chye
    August 21st, 2023 at 09:29 | #7

    I fully agree with you that the master planning there is horrendous.
    It’s getting worse now day by day !

  8. Shirley EeKen
    August 21st, 2023 at 14:00 | #8

    I will only believe this “recycle story” when actual work being carried out as promised. As for now, let’s see what would be the next excuses this year end.

  9. Islander
    August 21st, 2023 at 14:36 | #9

    Like children playing games, sekejap ini, sekejap itu.

    You don’t need rocket size to know where the jam spot is, we have got something called Google map nowadays.

    Let me give a suggestion, how about solving the congestion at Prai to Permatang Pauh area?
    Do you know the 5pm onward jam for Bayan Lepas area actually origin from Prai to the bridge until FTZ?

    I don’t know why everything still has to originate from Komtar nowadays because LRT makes for those work in Komtar only, is it?

    Go start from Prai why not?
    1. No need worry of Unesco area
    2. Plenty of empty land, fly as u can, dig what underground?
    3. Lesser land/building to compensate for migration
    4. Make good of Prai infrastructure so you balance up property demand and supply of both side, people no need purposely buy mainland and come island to work = lesser jam.

    Need to think out of the box, Johor-SG has proven that no matter how many lanes u create also not enough ones as long as both sides are imbalanced in terms of economy and supply-demand.

  10. Islander
    August 21st, 2023 at 14:38 | #10

    @Shirley EeKen

    After all these years, I start to think that flying carpet could be more realistic than Penang LRT.

  11. LL
    August 21st, 2023 at 18:01 | #11

    And when LRT is not workable, they will propose idea such as water taxi from gurney / jetty to FIZ

  12. millionaire
    August 22nd, 2023 at 09:25 | #12

    Should just focus on the initial plan first ,ie from komtar to airport.
    After completion this line, then think of extension to mainland.
    I previously as a Singapore PR, their mrt line also started a single line first from north to south, then after some years later only did extension to other lines.
    They took 10 years to design n planning, 5 years to complete and in operation.
    Don’t forget that’s was 1970+ to 1980+ time, nowadays with better equipped should take shorter time.
    There is a saying that too many cooks spoil the soup ,that reflects the situation now.

  13. visitor
    August 23rd, 2023 at 10:55 | #13

    Speaking about Singapore PR experience, Penang State Government can also consider ERP gantry idea along with the LRT/Transport Master Plan. This will incentivize the people to use more public transport.

  14. Islander
    August 23rd, 2023 at 13:55 | #14


    This subject to how strict is our execution. There are reasons why we still using palang to stop, no pay = cannot go, no need so a headache although less efficient.

    Imagine we use ERP gantry like Singapore:
    1. People straight pass without paying
    2. Officer saman -> refuse to pay coz no money, want discount this that
    3. Gantung License if don’t want to pay -> omg help i can’t live without transport, need work nak cari makan
    4. Waste extra manpower to go saman and execution, somemore not efficient because we always fail to strict in this.

  15. visitor
    August 23rd, 2023 at 23:38 | #15


    Even before building the LRT, already seeing that the LRT will lose money until end of year4.
    Clearly, they have ridership problem. Long run, they need federal gov to inject money to run the LRT.

    If they are not addressing the ridership, i wonder how the state gov is going to sustain and upkeep the infrastructure.

  16. Falcon
    August 25th, 2023 at 11:34 | #16


    According to Kishore Mahbubani (Singapore Senior Advisor), Singapore also forecasted or rather expected initial operational losses during their investment in the MRT lines, but now they have one of the most efficient MRT lines in the world. Look at at it as a long term investment and look far for the progress and the benefit of people.

  17. Gemini
    August 25th, 2023 at 13:08 | #17

    I agree with you, we need to see it as a long-term plan. Current solutions like widening and building more highways will serve as temporary methods to ease the traffic but the traffic will return bad very fast as the population keeps growing and more vehicles are on the road. LRT and MRT will be the future efficient transportation. Ridership will pick up once people see the benefit of taking efficient public transportation rather than driving cars and stuck in non-moving traffic.

    Falcon :
    According to Kishore Mahbubani (Singapore Senior Advisor), Singapore also forecasted or rather expected initial operational losses during their investment in the MRT lines, but now they have one of the most efficient MRT lines in the world. Look at at it as a long term investment and look far for the progress and the benefit of people.

  18. Teng
    August 30th, 2023 at 09:36 | #18

    Hope they execute soonest possible and stop asking public reviews and opinions. No need more cost assessment, it will be loss economically down the road. The affordable bunches continue commute in their cars. Their tenants will help them utilize the LRT ok. Frankly, those who support this project expects high rental return and higher property sales prices. Noted that, most of pg folks owned few properties -2, 3 to 4 units apartments & condo or shop leased at the moment. If we make more money, i will say this benefit the people lor.

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