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Kaohsiung to issue travel card to boost MRT passenger volume

Kaohsiung to issue travel card to boost MRT passenger volume

Kaohsiung, April 5 (CNA) Kaohsiung City's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Bureau plans to issue a travel card at the end of this month to offer a range of preferential services, with the aim of boosting MRT passenger volume, Chen Kai-ling, director-general of the bureau, said Monday.
The city government will use its air pollution control fund to finance the card, which will be valid for payment of travel by air, high speed rail, conventional train, Kaohsiung MRT, bus and ferry, according to Chen.
If cardholders make good use of the various special offers that will come with the card, they would be able to get discounts of up to 40 percent on Kaohsiung MRT fares, compared to the 15 percent discount offered to I-Pass holders.
The MRT bureau will target mainly corporate commuters, Chen said, adding that employees who apply for the card through their companies will get the best discounts for travel on the Kaohisung MRT.
In addition, for each NT$200 put on the stored value card by consumers, the city will add NT$50, Chen said.
The MRT bureau has signed contracts with six companies to pave the way of the issuing of the card, he said.
Since the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp. (KRTC) launched the I-Pass in 2008, the number of cards in circulation has reached 1.5 million. The I-Pass was designed to pay fares on the city's metro, bus and ferry services.
Apart from the I-Pass, the KRTC, in collaboration with some banks, has issued a joint-brand card but it is not popular because of its limited functions.
(By Wang Su-feng and Y.L. Kao)




Updated : 2021-04-19 11:51 GMT+08:00