MELAKA: The Melaka Monorail resumed operations on Monday, four years after a technical issue forced its complete suspension.
Melaka City Mayor Datuk Zainal Hussin said operating hours for the newly-resumed service are from 10am to 10pm, and that tickets are reasonably priced between RM10 and RM15.
He said that tickets can be bought at the first floor of the monorail building at Stesen Tun Ali near the Restoran Melayu Melaka.
Zainal added that operation hours will be extended to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
The service, operated by the Melaka Historic City Council, runs on one coach which can accommodate up to 24 passengers and travels in one direction at a time.
It takes approximately 30 minutes to cover the line’s full distance of 3km.
“The train journey starts at Stesen Tun Ali and (makes stops at) Taman Rempah, The Shore (shopping centre), Pirate Park and Kampung Morten, before heading back to Stesen Tun Ali.
“This gives tourists an extraordinary experience,” he added.
Zainal said that the service was halted to enable maintenance and upgrading works after the train broke down in Nov 2011, leaving two tourists from Britain stranded on the train.
The monorail, which was built at a cost of RM16.5 million, was constructed with tourists in mind.
Nurul Ain Shamsudin, a visitor from Kuala Lumpur, said that even though the entire line is only 3km long, it gives riders a different way to experience the uniqueness of the city.
“When I found out that it was operating (again) I wanted to be the first on it,” said the 29-year-old.
S. Murugan, 51, said the resumption of services has rubbished allegations that the project had been abandoned.
Source: NST/ http://bit.ly/2zOuVWI