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Heavy traffic predicted ahead of New Year's

Heavy traffic predicted ahead of New Year's

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Between 2 million and 2.6 million motorists are expected to hit the nation's freeways each day of the long New Year's weekend starting Jan. 1, leading the National Freeway Bureau to implement traffic measures to cope with the spike in travelers. Traffic is expected to spike on Thursday to the same level seen on the first day of most long holidays, the bureau said Wednesday. Traffic volume could fall beginning Friday, when 2.3 million to 2.5 million cars are expected. On Saturday, traffic could range between 2.2 million to 2.4 million cars before sliding to 2 million to 2.2 million on Sunday, respectively. Freeway travel will be free of charge between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. everyday from Wednesday through Sunday to encourage drivers to make their trips at non-peak hours. Tolls during daylight hours over the long weekend will be set at a flat rate of NT$0.9 (US$0.03) per kilometer for the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 freeways -- a 25 percent reduction compared with the regular rate. However, the regular 20 km grace distance of toll-free travel usually extended to motorists will be canceled until Monday, the bureau said. To get more drivers to use the less-frequented No. 3 freeway and avoid congestion on other routes, the rate between Hsinchu in the north and Yanchao in Kaohsiung in the south will be discounted an additional 20 percent during the holiday, it said. Meanwhile, traffic controls that allow only vehicles with at least three people including the driver on freeways will be imposed on certain parts of the No. 5 freeway, which travels through Taiwan's longest tunnel to link Taipei and Yilan County. The high occupancy restriction will be in effect for southbound freeway entrances at Nangang in Taipei and Shiding and Pinglin in New Taipei between 7 a.m. and noon on Thursday and Friday. Northbound entrances in Su'ao, Luodong, Yilan and Toucheng in Yilan County will have the restrictions in place between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-06-13 17:12 GMT+08:00