The Penang light rail project

Pattaya monorail project delayed, Bangkok Chinatown facelift, Singapore's green plan, and more construction and infrastructure news in Southeast Asia.

This week I continue exploring the proposed regional transit systems of Southeast Asia. The state of Penang has several transport projects planned, starting with the Bayan Lepas LRT.

While putting this resource together I realised it’s now been over a year since I was last in Penang. I was there for the lunar new year in January 2020, just when the world was starting to realise that the mysterious super-contagious influenza in China might become a global issue. I ended up going to India and Thailand before returning to Vietnam.

Penang is one of my favourite places in Southeast Asia, and it’s on the shortlist of places I would retitre to if I had to make such a decision. As we enter the second year of the pandemic I’m not sure when I will be able to make my next annual visit. Once we can travel again, and if the light rail starts construction, I will go back and do a profile of what is being built near the stations (similar to the Line 1 HCMC Metro profile).

If you’re new to Living In Asia, here are the previous regional cities that have been covered that are planning a transit railway:

Indonesia

Bali Railway

Thailand

Chiang Mai Mass Transit

Khon Kaen Transit System

Pattaya Monorail

Phuket Light Rail

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Bayan Lepas LRT – The proposed Penang light rail connecting Georgetown to the airport

The Bayan Lepas LRT is the proposed Penang light rail transit system that will connect Georgetown in the north of the island to the airport at Bayan Lepas in the south.

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