Category: News @ Melaka.

Ten coaches purchased to improve public service

BY MARTIN CARVALHO

MALACCA: The move to enhance public transportation in this historic city received a boost following the purchase of 10 new coaches to be operated by the Malacca Historic City Council and Hang Tuah Jaya City Council.

Costing RM2.43mil – the 31-seat air-conditioned buses will ply major routes within the city and its outskirts – such as Cheng, Tanjung Minyak, Pokok Mangga, Tangga Batu including the MITC hub in Ayer Keroh.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the new coaches would replace the eight Panorama buses rented from the Town Bus Service Sdn Bhd that started its service in 2007.

“The new Panorama buses are fully owned by the state and are being handed over to the two respective city council to operate,” he said at the launch the Panorama Bus service at Melaka Sentral recently.

In a jovial mood: Mohd Ali launching the new panorama bus service in Melaka Sentaral recently.

He said the new buses are equipped with GPS systems to better monitor their movement.

Passengers, added Mohd Ali, would be charged a flat rate of RM2 with an additional RM1 for those taking the MITC routes.

“The purchase of the new buses is also a step towards modernizing the public transport service here in-line with Malacca’s pending declaration as a developed state this coming Oct 20,” he added.

Apart from the new fleet of Panorama buses, he said, a proposed RM272mil electric tram service would be initiated by the private sector to improve the state’s public transportation system.

On a separate matter, Mohd Ali Said the state is waiting approval of RM30mil grant from the Federal Government’s Public Transportation Fund to encourage bus operators here to replace their aging buses with new ones.

He said the money would be used as revolving fund for bus operators to obtain bank loans to buy their new buses.

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