State still waiting for nod to transport master plan

Chow (right) giving the thumbs up for the CAT bus service in Balik Pulau at the Balik Pulau Rapid Bus Terminal, Penang.

THE state government is still waiting for approval from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) on the RM27bil Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

State Local Government and Traffic Management committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the state has yet to receive a reply from SPAD although the application was submitted more than two years ago.

“Public transportation is a component of the PTMP and the task of obtaining the necessary approval lies with the delivery partner SRS Consortium which is part of the Gamuda Group.

“To date, there hasn’t been any development although Gamuda has successfully undertaken the LRT and MRT projects in Klang Valley,” he said during the launch of the Congestion Alleviation Transport (CAT) Balik Pulau free bus shuttle service yesterday.

Chow said close cooperation between all parties would ensure the delivery of a good transport system for everyone.

On the feeder bus service, he said the daily operation would be from 6am to 11.45pm.

“The CAT service is expected to help reduce the use of private vehicles and smoothen the traffic within the Balik Pulau town.”

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