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YouBike rental volume grows 10 times in one year
Central News Agency
2014-02-26 05:35 PM
Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) The number of rentals of YouBikes -- urban rental bicycles that serve as part of Taipei's public transportation system -- surged 10 times in 2013 compared with the previous year, the city's Department of Budget, Accounting and Statistics said Wednesday. The YouBike rental system has become increasingly popular since its establishment in 2009, when it had 11 rental stations scattered around the city and 500 bikes for rent. As of the end of 2013, the number of rental stations had grown to 136, with 4,545 bikes available for hire, the department said. Last year, the number of stations and bicycles for rent rose 1.8 times and 1.7 times, respectively, compared with the levels of the previous year, the department noted. Meanwhile, since an upgraded version of the YouBike joined the service line in August 2012, the number of rentals has surged significantly, with data showing that the number of YouBike rentals increased from 999,000 in 2012 to nearly 10 million last year, representing a growth of more than 10 times, the city department said. Statistics compiled by the city's Department of Transportation show that the daily ridership on the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system increased by 94,000 passengers, or 5.7 percent, to 1.74 million in 2013 from the previous year. Public bus ridership, however, declined by 66,000 passengers, or 3.9 percent, to 1.62 million per day last year, indicating that the popularity of public bus services was on the wane amid the expansion of the Taipei metro system. (By Huang Li-yun and Elizabeth Hsu)
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