Are We Happy with Our Buses or Are We Not?

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Much has been said about how Penang’s public transport system can be improved. But what do people on the ground think?

Public transportation in Penang dates back to the 1880s, when the first steam-powered tram, measuring 12.5km, ran from Weld Quay jetty to Air Itam Road, with a branch to the Botanic Gardens. Subsequent versions of the tram transport, such as horse trams and electrical trams, firmly established Penang as a regional trendsetter for public transportation during that period. At the height of its operation from 1905 to 1922, the electrical tram in particular generated substantial profit, with up to 24 electrical trams operating an 11-minute service at peak hours on lines to Air Itam and Jelutong.


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