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A cable car system connecting Penang Island to the mainland is currently in advanced exploratory stage and is expected to be completed by 2018.

Named “Penang Sky Cab”, the project is a joint venture between the state government and Penang Sentral.

The cable car will be linking Penang Sentral in Butterworth to Gat Lebuh Noordin in the island, The Star reports.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said at the press conference at Komtar yesterday;

“It will provide an aerial link from the mainland to the island and decrease the dependence on automobiles. The 3km link is expected to take around 15 minutes travel time. It will be able to cater to 1,000 passengers per hour, per direction. It will provide an alternative form of travel in an easier, faster and more comfortable way. With the implementation, Penang Sentral will become a five-in-one travel hub offering from taxi, buses, train, ferry and Sky Cab services.”

According to Bernama, Penang Sentral spokesman Shireen Mohd Iqbal said, the first phase of the project will have 40 cabins and each cabin can fit approximately 10 people.

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