ALOR GAJAH, July 18 (Bernama) -- The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) plans to overcome Melaka city's worsening traffic congestion by setting up a rail transport system.
SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said they found that the high volume of private vehicles entering the city contributed to the problem.
"We will look at whether the state government is interested in implementing a tram system to be developed through a privatised project," he told reporters after launching Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Hang Kasturi's Patriotism Month celebrations in Masjid Tanah, near here today.
Syed Hamid, who is also Kota Tinggi Member of Parliament, said bus and taxi services also need to be improved to encourage locals and tourists to take advantage of public transport to get to the city.
"I see that congestion in Melaka in bad, and it takes time to reach tourist spots because of the traffic volume," he added.
Over 10 million tourists flocked Melaka last year and this year an estimated 11 million are expected to visit the state.