Monday, May 18, 2009

Hop on the new panorama buses to get around Malacca

Three new air-conditioned panorama buses were added to the state’s seven-strong bus line-up offering locals and tourists new routes and destination around the historic city.

Chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the three new panorama buses would ferry passengers from the city’s domestic and express bus terminals at Malacca Sentral in Peringgit to Malacca International Trade Centre (MITC) in Ayer Keroh.

“The additional buses also provides convenience to locals as well as tourists who intend to go shopping at the newly opened Mydin wholesale hypermarket at MITC,” he said in his speech during the launching ceremony at Malacca Sentral recently.

Costing RM1.5mil, he said the buses would cover two different routes from Malacca Sentral to MITC with the wholesale hypermarket being the drop-off point.

The routes covered by the buses include Malacca Hospital, Rumahku Syurgaku at Bukit Katil, Seri Negeri and Kota Cemerlang.

Another bus route would cover Batu Berendam, Taman Merdeka, the airport, Jelutong, Sungai Putat and Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama before reaching MITC.

He also noted that the bus fare from Malacca Sentral to Bukit Katil is RM1 and RM2 is charged from the same departure to MITC, both for one-way travel.

PM Cultural & Tourism Sdn Bhd (PMCT)s Operation Manager Ab Wahid Ab Majid said the company currently manages two double-decker and eight single-decker panorama buses including the three that have just been added to the line-up.

He said the new routes to MITC would take approximately 30 minutes to an hour to cover depending on traffic condition and stops.

“The buses are operational daily from 6.30am to 10pm and can take up to about 70 passengers at a time with seating capacity of 44 and 30 standing,” he said when met after a bus tour was given to the guests and media members at MITC recently.

Source : STAR
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