Kaohsiung Light Rail to begin charging passengers Nov. 1

The Kaohsiung Light Rail Transit will begin charging passengers on Nov. 1 after the phase one project of the circular line was fully opened to traffic on Sept. 26 this year

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The Kaohsiung Light Rail Transit will begin charging passengers on Nov. 1. (Photo from the KRTC website)

The Kaohsiung Light Rail Transit will begin charging passengers on Nov. 1. (Photo from the KRTC website)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—The Kaohsiung Light Rail Transit will begin charging passengers on Nov. 1 after the phase one project of the circular line was fully opened to traffic on Sept. 26 this year, according to a statement issued by Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation (KRTC) on Monday.

Riding the light rail ride has been free since the initial part of the project began operation more than a year ago.    

The phase one includes a route of 8.7 kilometers and 14 stations (C1-C14). 

According to the KRTC, beginning from Nov. 1 this year until Feb. 28 next year, the fare for a ride regardless of distance using an applicable electronic ticket will be NT$10, while a paper ticket will cost NT$30 per ride. Therefore, an electronic ticket costs only 33% of a paper ticket.

No discounts will be given to any electronic ticket users as the fare is already very low, according to the company.

Elders, companions and other people eligible for discount cannot get a discount when they purchase a paper ticket, the KRTC said. However, they can get a NT$15 refund at any KRTC service desk on the same day of the ticket purchase, according to the company.

There are card readers on the platform or inside the tram, and passengers can either swipe their card on the platform or inside the railcar right after getting on board, the company said, adding that passengers need not to swipe again when getting off.

Riding the light rail without a ticket will be fined 50 times of the original fare (NT$30), according to the KRTC.

(Photo from the KRTC website)

Passengers refusing to have their tickets checked is punishable by a fine between NT$1,500 – 7,500, the KRTC said.   

Currently, iPASS and happycash can be used on the light rail, but passengers must make sure the balance in their card is enough before taking the light rail as there is no value adding service at any light rail station, the company added.

(Photo from the KRTC website)