Yesterday, it was reported that there are plans to set up a light rail transit (LRT) track to link Penang and the mainland. The suggested route will see LRT rails constructed near the first Penang bridge, making the connection the fourth link between the island and the peninsular.

The link will connect Gelugor on the island to the Prai Industrial Estate, where it will wind through housing estates, beginning with Taman Supreme before reaching Penang Sentral in Butterworth. The George Town-Butterworth LRT link will be connected to other rail networks in the state, The Star reports.

These are the 20 km-long Bayan Lepas LRT on the island, which will have 26 stops between Komtar and the airport, and the Raja Uda-Bukit Mertajam Monorail on the mainland, which will stretch from Permatang Tinggi in south Seberang Prai to Sungai Dua in the north. The monorail will have 22 stations, and will pass through Alma, Bukit Mertajam, Bandar Perda, Taman Supreme, Sunway Carnival Mall and Penang Sentral.

LRT rail pix Bernama

An additional two lines are also being proposed by SRS Consortium, the project delivery partner for the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan. They are the Air Itam monorail, which will have 13 stops between Paya Terubong and Komtar and the Tanjung Tokong Monorail, which will feature nine stops between Tanjung Tokong UDA Flats and Komtar.

Plans are set to be submitted to the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) for study, and the alignment will be put on public display in June, SRS Consortium said.

While construction of the Bayan Lepas LRT is slated to begin in 2018, work on the George Town-Butterworth LRT and the Raja Uda-BM Monorail is only expected to start after 2026, the report adds.