Credit: Simphewe Nkwali (Eco-Mobiliy Johannesburg


Government of the people, by the people, for the people

Please have a look and, if interested, may we have your thoughts about these and other impact areas that in your view need to be taken into consideration in order to have a full and shared understanding  of these impacts of the proposed and latest SDS Penang Transport Master Plan.

We need to be clear about this. The objective here is not to criticize or belittle the State’s efforts at improving the short-comings and potential of today’s transportation arrangements in Penang.  Rather the goal is to provide open citizen feedback to their proposals to all levels of government, civil society and the public at large.  As President Abraham Lincoln put it at a hard moment for history  in America: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”.  Your responses are welcome here or to Thank you.

ON A SCALE OF 0-10: please show us your views concerning how the proposals, measures  and their potential set out in the  SDS PTMP do in the following legitimate areas of citizen interest and concern. Some of these are quite specialized as you will see as your work your way down the list, but don’t let that bother you.  Just share your views with the items that strike your attention. With a careful eye to both long and short term impacts (say in the coming three years, 2018-2020).

* * * For latest version of SDS MP : — See below the listing of the principal infrastructure projects proposed by the plan.



  1. Accident prevention.                  Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  2. Action Plan.                                 Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  3. Active transport (walking, cycling for day to day transport) .                                                                                  Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  4. Children, school transport.        Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  5. Citizen/user: More & better choice.  Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  6. Civil Society – Full partnership, dialogue and interaction with NGOs and civil society.                                               Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  7. Climate change.                          Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  8. Congestion relief                        Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  9. EcoDistricts.                                Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  10. Economic efficiency.                   Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  11. Economic Measures (congestion pricing, tolls, parking rates) .                                                                               Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  12. Education (Schools, general public) .  Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  13. Emissions .                                   Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  14. Indebtedness of State                 Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  15. Environmental impacts.              Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  16. Equity.                                         Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  17. Family impacts.                           Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  18. Financial impacts on community and individual citizens.                                                                                        Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  19. Financial integrity of State economy.  Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  20. Flooding, heavy rains, erosion.  Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  21. Global warming.                          Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  22. Green space, public space.         Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  23. Immediate relief (from flaws in present system) .                                                                                                   Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  24. Impact on national economy,balance of trade.  Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  25. Inclusive planning (versus closed “expert” planning and decision) .                                                                       Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  26. Does the plan take full advantage of these technologies and tools                                                                    Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  27. Land use impacts.                                 Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  28. Legislation, Policing Enforcement .  Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  29. Master Plan: How does it measure up overall by international comparisons as a Transport Master Plan? .       Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  30. Migrant worker impacts            Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  31. Mobility as a Right.                     Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  32. Nature impacts.                          Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  33. Parking strategy.                         Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  34. Public Health.                              Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  35. Public transport quality/modal share.  Near-term: _____    Long-term _______
  36. Public/share transport priority (areas, lanes, times of day) .                                                                                   Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  37. Quality of life for all.                   Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  38. Safety, security.                            Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  39. Share transport (ridesharing, carsharing, bicycle sharing, etc.) .                                                                             Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  40.   Signage and signaling.              Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  41. Specific Problem solving, innovations, impacts  in period: :2018-2020.                                                                    Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  42. Speed limits (and enforcement) .  Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  43. Street Code (Legal culpability for speeding and accident) .                                                                                     Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  44. Sustainable Transport competence, expertise  Near-term: ____    Long-term ___
  45. Technical Competence on the part of those responsible for the plan.                                                                     Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  46. Time impacts on Penangites in their day to day lives.                                                                                             Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  47. Traditional community economic and social impacts.                                                                                             Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  48. Transport for Penangites with mobility restrictions (handicapped, elderly, poor) .                                                       Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  49. Women as community leaders.  Near-term: _______     Long-term _______
  50. Women in their daily lives.                     Near-term: _______     Long-term _______

COMMENTARY: As you can see from this target list, It turns out that bringing sustainable, just and efficient transport to any city is a very big job indeed. No wonder that so many cities fail to achieve just that.

** Your comments on any and all here are more than welcome.


Reminder: Original infrastructure projects summary


Principal Infrastructure Project Summary

Total cost – ca. USD 10 billion (To confirm)

To summarize:

. . . and as can be clearly seen by the above summary:  The original SRS PTMP attempts to offer a  series of very high cost hardware/infrastructure  initiativs to what is above all a management and communications challenge . . . the challenge of sustainable transportation, sustainable cities, and sustainable lives.

Policy conclusion: Back to the drawing board.

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About the author:

Eric Britton
13, rue Pasteur. Courbevoie 92400 France

Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, and sustainability activist who has observed, learned, taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. In the autumn of 2019, he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of aggressively countering climate change and specifically greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the mobility sector. He is not worried about running out of work. Further background and updates: @ericbritton | | #fekbritton | | and | Contact: | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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