Making Penang’s transport system sustainable does not mean removing cars and motorcycles from the road. It’s about offering affordable and convenient transport options.
Transport in Penang (and all around the world for that matter) relies on non-renewable sources of energy. Think 20 cars with one person in each vehicle, versus one bus with 20 passengers. The former creates traffic jams and worsens pollution to detract from the overall liveability of a city. It is often argued that supplying more roads only creates more demand for their usage.
With 10,000 more vehicles added to Penang’s roads each month1 , we will have to commit ourselves soon to a decision to enhance sustainable transport.
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