TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taipei City Public Transportation Office (PTO) has announced that additional 2,799 ticket validation machines will be installed at the rear door of public buses by the end of June 2017.
Buses with machines located at both the front entrance and back entrance allow passengers to board and disembark at either the front door or rear door, facilitating crowd flow.
During rush hours, this measure will help speed up the boarding and disembarking processes significantly, thereby boosting the service efficiency of the city’s bus system.
Taipei City Joint Bus System began installation of ticket validation machines at the back entrance of bus route 518 in January 2011. Receiving positive feedback from passengers, the pilot project was expanded to cover seven city bus lines, including routes 518, R32, Xinyi Express, 39, 234, 22, and 74.
The PTO said it will require bus operators to ensure that data of both the front door and rear door ticket validation machines are linked before service can be provided. This is necessary to avoid irregularities with fare deductions for passengers.