Monday, October 06, 2008

Trams for Penang

Yea, yea yea.... I know this is old but i guess I would like to keep the discussion going on why we need trams, so here are my reasons:

1. Because I said so!
2. It does not and will not be a source of pollution (unless the passengers are the pollutants)
3. It is way more cheaper than a Light Rail Transit (LRT)
4. Ditto ditto ditto ditto ditto ditto ditto Subway system
5. Trams used to be Penang's heritage way before I was born.
6. There are still usable tram lines in Penang that can be salvaged and cost can be saved there too.
7. Penang drivers can save us the embarrassment of people calling us lousy drivers and just hop on a tram
8. Lesser congestion...lesser future heart, tension, high bp and mental patients on the road due to the jam
9. It is cool
10. Most advanced cities/towns in the world are using Trams.

The first time I saw a Tram was in the city of Manchester England. There were very little cars on the road and the trams were the preferred mode of transport. This is due to the fact that fuel is expensive there and the public transport system is quite reliable. Forget about the tube (subway) system in London because it is usually not that reliable because of unexpected strikes by the workers and repair works (because it is old) and not because of it being late...I don't know how to elaborate that point because I have no freakin' clue on why our public transportation system is not on time. So again....Trams would reduce the amount of cars on the road because trams need the whole road to move :D

The other time I saw trams was when i was in the town of Bydgoszcz (pronounced Bid-gosh) in Poland. There i saw how cars and Trams moved around in the town. It is almost similar to how trains cross roads here except there are no gates but there are traffic lights to indicate when a tram is about to pass. Cars can also drive over the tracks or even behind a tram (imagine it to be a bus on rail tracks. Except the tracks are not ON the road but embedded IN the road, so your car tires/suspensions are safe should you drive over one)

So there you have it, the beauty of Trams. The pictures above are from my personal collection. Should you want to use it, please let me know. Jangan cetak :)

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geetha said...

I like the pictures. i am all for trams too.

Vixstarr said...

I know Theivaka's post is going to get me into ISA :P