PHC announces new ticket fares for Penang Hill funicular service

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) announced the new ticket fares for the Penang Hill funicular service, which is scheduled to take effect on May 1.

The new fare for round-trip tickets on the normal route for the holders of MyKad, MyKid and Valid Resident ID, as well as work permits and spouses of Malaysian citizens, would be RM16 for adults, up from the current RM12, with one-way tickets priced at RM8, compared to the current RM6.

The revised ticket price for children aged four to 12 years and seniors aged 60 years and above is RM8, up from RM6, while the one-way fare stands at RM4.

Sunrise tickets for MyKad and MyKid holders, which are available during off-peak seasons, will be RM5, an increase from the current RM3, while entry for persons with disabilities remains free of charge.

In a statement on Friday (March 1), PHC said that the hike in ticket fees is a result of the mounting operational and maintenance costs of services and infrastructure.

It said that the situation was unavoidable, prompting PHC to revise ticket prices from time to time, with the last revision taking place in 2019.

"The Penang Hill funicular service, like all other services, has been affected by the ever-increasing operational and maintenance costs of services and infrastructure.

"The increase in operating and maintenance costs is also driven by inflation and unfavourable currency exchange rates,” according to the statement. – Bernama

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