Sadly I think those proposing and advocating the system are saying that we should use the old tram track (i.e. single track most of the way), and we should use old trams to save cost to complement with the old city feel of George Town.this tram should suit Penang!
i agree with you, khensthoth!!I have voiced my concern in other post and I will do so again.
Although I am not entirely supportive of monorail, I am even more sceptical of trams in George Town. Living in Melbourne currently, here's what I feel about tram:
Noisy. Ugly (overhead cables). Do not really blend with the surrounding, even more so with George Town - c'mon newish trams with old cities? Some even suggested getting old trams so it will blend with the environment. What's the logic behind that?
In narrow roads (like the most of George Town), trams are actually bottleneck and a cause of congestion. With Penangites' attitude of using more private vehicles, I don't see how tram will currently be able to work in Penang. I have no idea why so many people are supportive of it.
Surely trams will cost more than buses. Improve the current bus system first. Exploit and capitalise all available opportunity before moving to a another mass transit. We need public transportation at the moment - not mass transit.
I don't want another tourist gimmick in the city. I want something viable. So, let's see what are the proposal submitted and we shall decide.
I personally do think the bus system, if seriously well planned and implemented, is much better and suited for Penangites. RapidPenang is not too bad actually, they just do not have enough buses to guarantee frequency (and they are a little too expensive). Couple this with the fact that traffic congestions are a norm in Penang, the way to start is to educate people first about using public transport.
One way I see how the other bus companies in Penang can survive, and help make Penang better, is to form a joint-venture, and ply routes that RapidPenang do not ply, or complement RapidPenang's routes so the bus frequency is increased. It's a win-win situation. It's good in theory, but sadly in practice there is bound to be problem.
Why other bus companies aren't exploring this idea, instead of arguing like children about unfair competition, threatening Rapidpenang drivers and acting like street thugs (samseng) , I have no idea.
All that being said, I still want to look at their suggestions. Do they seriously want to bring the "old tram" feel to George Town, or are they going to get new modern trams and start modernising the city itself? The question still remains.
^^ well, it's sarcasm, really...wow!! that's the "best" of all the ideas i've mentioned above!! they have certainly made the right choice!! :banana::banana:
let's look at the viability and suitability of the tram system:
1) Adding a tram track by the narrow Penang roads will make them even narrower for other vehicles, clogging up every single road.
2) Trams are better than busses in Penang's case. This is because the roads are narrow in Penang. So, if any accident that causes the tram tracks to get blocked, the trams can just wait there in the tracks for the what ever object to be removed, rather than the more maneuverable bus that can just avoid the obstacle.
3) To complement the situation mentioned above, we might have even more one way streets in Penang, especially George Town. that will introduce more convenience to drivers.
4) A tram system have many stops. Cool!! we can get onto a tram without having to walk too far a distance. and because of the many stops and long network, it will have an average slower speed than monorails, subways or other rail networks. thus, i can get to far places in a very short time.
5) Since, the trams are at street level, the melody of the wheels grinding on the tracks can be heard by everyone nearby. nice way to relieve stress after a hard days work. hey, and no need to use iPod!!
6) We'll see power lines dangling above the streets. that'll be very beautiful and interesting because it will look like spiderman has just visited town. well, we can use self powered trams, but why do so?? the beauty of the dangling wires will be lost and it will look no different than buses.
waiting for them to finalize the alignment and start construction of the tracks might take more than 10 years. by that time, i think the system will be even more viable!! way to go!!! :banana::banana::banana:
so what happens when the negative outweighs the positive?? the government should ignore them??many countries have this tram system and they are very effective running it, hopefully government will send team to see and study on how the do.
of coz if government ask its people, they will never get a concrete and a firm opinions as many of them are just love mentioning about the negative side rather than positive. i'm afraid at the end, everything will never get done if government keep entertain these 'people's voices'.
i think the weather here is too hot to convert the streets to pedestrian streets. and, let's say all the roads that the trams uses are turned into pedestrian streets, then there will be lots of other roads that have to be changed to one way or two ways or 10 ways or whatever, causing confusion. considering the volume of vehicles in Penang and the narrow roads, i don't think this is even possible to be done to more than 3 roads. i know that some of you will say that when the trams are there, people are supposed to abandon their car and take the trams. the problem is Penangites are already used to the "car" culture. they will not use the trams unless it is a very good mode of mass transit. which it is not!!I wonder if the old tram line was single track, obviously to make it viable to transport the masses, it has to be double track, then wouldn't that make streets that has tram tracks become pedestrian street?