Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Thumbs up for shuttle bus

Tourism Perak Hop-On Hop-Off shuttle allows locals and tourists a chance to see Ipoh and its tourist attraction sites on a bus. — Photos: RONNIE CHIN/The Star

PERAK’s newly-commissioned Hop-On Hop-Off bus has got members of the public excited.

Those interviewed by StarMetro believe that it is a good initiative by the Perak government and hope to board the bus soon.

Administrative assistant Syamimi Adzha, 29, from Kuala Lumpur said she will be visiting Ipoh soon and would like to give it a try.

“I got to know about this service from my friends in Ipoh. They too will be joining me for the ride,” she said. “There are some interesting stops along the route. I hope they can expand the stops to other locations like Kampung Kacang Puteh in Buntong.”

The bus service was launched during the Perak MATTA Fair in Ipoh recently.
Presently, the route includes areas such as Panglima Kinta Mosque, Ipoh Old Town, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Movie Animation Park Studios, Weil Hotel and Amanjaya Bus Terminal. Operations will be from 8.30am to 9pm daily.

Ticket prices are RM20 for adults and RM10 (children) with MyKad while for foreigners, it is RM55 (adult) and RM20 (children).

Tickets are available at the Perak Tourism office in Jalan Teh Hawa, Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Ipoh Railway Station, Perak World of Wonder Merchandise shop in Jalan Sultan Yussuf and Ipoh Tourist Information Centre (weekends only) in Jalan Tun Sambanthan.

Video producer Moses Francis, 35, praised the state government for its initiative and said the bus would definitely be convenient for tourists to see Ipoh.
“Tourists will find visiting the interesting sites in the city easier.

“Public transport in Ipoh has always been a problem, unlike in Kuala Lumpur where you can get around with LRT or MRT,” said the Ipoh-born Francis.
“In Ipoh, it is easier to have someone drive you around, walk or book a ride through e-hailing services,” he added.

Moses believes the bus would have a lot of passengers initially as people are curious to try it. “Some locals will likely board the bus out of curiosity. “Let’s also hope the weather will be kind for tourists to enjoy the open deck platform,” he added.

Ipoh-based journalist Tan Mei Kuan, 28, suggested for the bus tickets to be sold at more locations such as popular tourist spots.

“I think the government should make it more accessible for tourists to buy the tickets. “It would be better if they sold them at places near Kinta Riverwalk, Panglima Kinta mosque and Ipoh Parade shopping mall.

“This will make things easier for tourists and locals who wish to get around the city. “It will also eliminate the hassle of finding parking spots, which is one of the biggest setback when I take my friends around the city,” she added.
-thestar online.

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