Record high ridership on Taipei's tomb-sweeping buses

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) Free buses for people heading to clean up ancestral graves in Taipei for Tomb Sweeping Day carried a record high number of 775,843 passengers this year, according to bus operators. The buses, a measure meant to alleviate traffic as people flocked to public cemeteries, made 16,476 trips on March 22-23 and 29-30 and the three-day Tomb Sweeping Day weekend April 4-6. The buses took passengers to Fu-Der Cemetery, the Nangang military cemetery and Yangmingshan Cemetery and others subject to traffic controls, imposed out of concern that the narrow roads leading to the cemeteries would be packed with people. Last year's buses carried a previous record of around 720,000 passengers, according to statistics compiled by Capital Bus, Taipei Bus and Metropolitan Transport Corporation, the three companies operating the free buses. (By Huang Yi-han and Elaine Hou)