TRANSIT took note of this article about the Penang Hill Railway, which restarted operations yesterday.
2,000 take upgraded Penang Hill train (The Star)
Tuesday April 26, 2011
By JOSEPHINE JALLEH
GEORGE TOWN: A honeymooning couple from Saudi Arabia was among some 2,000 tourists and locals who boarded the Penang Hill funicular train, which resumed operations after a lapse of 14 months.
Alaa Abduallae, 30, and Wafaa Ali, 23, were thrilled to take the 10-minute ride up the hill.
“However, the train was going too fast for us to snap any good photographs,” Alaa said.
The train will run for charity till April 30. The return fare for the charity ride is RM10 for adults. It is free for children aged 12 and below.
The proceeds will go to the Penang Welfare Department to help underprivileged people identified by the state government.
The service started at 6.30am yesterday.
From May 1, the return fare for Malaysians will be RM8 for adults (below 55 years) and RM4 for children (aged three to 12).
Senior citizens (aged 55 and above) and Malaysian students will enjoy a reduced rate of RM4.
For foreigners, the return fare is RM30 (for adults) and RM15 (for children aged three to 12).
The revamped train service runs from 6.30am to 9.30pm daily.
The service was suspended since Feb 22 last year for the RM73mil upgrading project by the Tourism Ministry.
Penang Hill Corporation marketing and promotion division senior assistant manager Anne Goh said 1,500 people rode on the train from 6.30am till 4pm.
While we are definitely happy about the return of the Penang Hill Railway, this letter Quadruple ticket price for foreigners just too much (The Star, 26 April 2011) by Scott of Penang also raises some interesting questions on the significant difference between the fares for locals & foreigners on the Penang Hill Railway.
Is the wide range in prices for locals and foreigners appropriate?