Penang Transport Council to tackle transportation problems
George Town. 10 March 2009. The Sun Daily. – http://www.thesundaily.my/node/158168
Traffic jam road February 1, 2009 in Georgetown, Penang.
The Penang government hopes to resolve the transportation problems in the state with the setting up of a Penang Transport Council (PTC).
Local government and traffic management committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said today the members of the working group on transport set up last year will be roped in to form the PTC.
“With the setting up of the PTC, we hope to come up with a Penang transportation master plan to review the public transport systems and traffic management and find ways to improve them,” he told a press conference.
“The PTC meetings will be open to the public when the need arises — and the principle of accountability and transparency will be followed,” he said.
Listing traffic congestion, parking problems and inadequate public transportation as among the main transportation woes, Chow said the PTC will be the coordinating body for all such issues.
We shall be looking at this important politically appointed advisory group of twenty nominated men and two women in the weeks ahead to see if an independent analysis might help our readers come up with ideas to help Penang do better. We hope to be able to share with out readers all reports and recommendations coming out of this group and passed on to the State government or other institutions since 2012.
The Penang Transport Council website states its mission as follows: “To adopt a new vision-paradigm in tackling transport – one that moves people away from over-dependence on private transport to a more economically and ecologically sustainable public transportation system.”
The following text is taken as is from the PTC site at http://ptc.penang.gov.my
The following strategic commentary appeared in the form of a long letter responding to an invitation by the chief transport planner of Penang with the State Government Office to comment on a strategic presentation and commentary he was about to make at end year in Kuala Lumpur reflecting back on the Penang Transport Master Plan (2013-2030) carried out for the State by Halcrow and AKC Planning and published in a final version in October 2-12. Mr. Lim’s commentary. Cross Roads, Game Changers & Bulls’ Horns, is available here.
Update. My quick six-point “Summer 2015 Executive Summary” follows:
Sustainable Penang: Toward a New Mobility Agenda, Phase Two: Implementation, is just getting underway, so we are taking this opportunity to carry out a major overhaul of the website and related social media sites, as you will now see in these pages. The site is already fast-growing with new postings, comments and graphics coming in steadily. So as you can well imagine it can be pretty easy to get lost in such a mass. Fortunately we have taken advantage of a quite handy nest of Search functions which you will find explained here
In an article entitled Traffic Congestion in Penang, published by the Penang Transport Council on 31 March 2010, we can get an idea of the level of awareness shown by State government of traffic congestion issues and eventual solutions at the time. One important missing piece of the puzzle in their overview is the lack of consideration of land use and related urban planning issues and measures. Something which is very much in the hands of local government. Many of these points come up again in the 2013 Transport Master Plan Strategy for the State of Penang. And as of the date of this posting (13 May 2014) are still very much unresolved.
Let’s have a closer look at the composition, contributions and independence of the Penang
Transport Council in the weeks ahead. There may be some interesting lessons there.
The following listing of twenty-plus organizations is intended eventually to identify all those groups and institutions who are going to have a role in the restructuring of Penang’s transportation arrangements. (Each of these entries is clickable and will take you directly to the indicated source.)
But here’s our question. Are there other groups and agencies (and companies and media) who should be identified here for communication and coordination purposes in support of the project? And should you have a contact name and email address at hand, that would be much appreciated. If so please let us know via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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