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Taipei bus fare hike postponed until March

Taipei bus fare hike postponed until March

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The NT$1 hike to NT$16 (US$0.48) for bus fares in the Greater Taipei area will be postponed until March 2016, reports said Tuesday.
When plans for the first raise in 18 years leaked recently, they provoked protest, partly due to incomprehension about a hike in the face of falling international oil prices.
The new date for the higher price was revealed in a report by Taipei City’s Department of Transportation presented to the Taipei City Council’s transportation committee Tuesday.
Bus companies wanted the higher price due to the rising cost of doing business and a planned wage increase of NT$2,000 (US$60.8) a month for bus drivers, reports said.
Special discount prices of NT$12 for students, soldiers and police, and of NT$8 for elderly, handicapped and infant passengers would remain unchanged, the authorities said.
A plan to calculate the cost of a ticket on the basis of the distance traveled would be introduced in January 2017 and would be followed by changes in the route network, the city government said.
City councilors reportedly accepted the fare hike, but attacked the separate introduction of the new calculation system and the changed route network. Members of different political parties predicted chaos and passed a motion to call on the city’s Department of Transportation to present both types of changes at the same time.
The department said it feared that introducing the changes in fare calculation and in routes at the same time would cause too much confusion and be hard to swallow for most passengers.


Updated : 2021-09-25 00:27 GMT+08:00